It’s amazing what two nights away from home can do for you! Mike and I took the kids two and a half hours away from home for the weekend. We stayed at a Super 8 with a pool and waterslide, in a room with three (THREE!) TVs. The kids had their own room with bunk beds, we had our own room and Ben had the living room – which meant we could stay up watching movies after he went to bed. The family suite wasn’t very expensive and was the only room that came up when I told the website that we were two adults with four kids. Hotels don’t cater to “big” families, apparently.
We had breakfast at the hotel both mornings and ate out for lunch and supper. Last night we spent twenty-two dollars on supper and seventeen dollars on Marble Slab Creamery ice cream for everyone. Sometimes you just have to splurge a bit. 🙂 Having a break from cooking for two days meant coming home and actually feeling like doing it here. I made a very tasty (and healthy) baked spaghetti for supper tonight and enjoyed cutting up veggies, grating cheese and being a bit creative.
We did do a bit of shopping while we were gone. Okay, I did a bit of shopping. A few new shirts, two new Ray LaMontagne CDs and lots of new craft stuff. The good news is that I got two bigger craft items half off with coupons and everything else the following day with a thirty percent off coupon. I didn’t go in with a set budget but I didn’t spend very much in the end.
I spent lots of time lying in bed watching tv and playing in the pool with the kids, eating food someone else cooked and I got some good, old-fashioned retail therapy. It was a good weekend.
Happy Easter, everyone! The Lord is risen!