I'm not sure how so many bloggers manage to post everyday. I know part of it is because I don't treat blogging like a real job, but I seem to have a terrible time finding the time necessary to blog.
We just got home from our first summer vacation over the weekend. We went "home" to Missouri to celebrate my dad's 65th birthday. Darla was able to get the time off to go with us, and we were there for about 2 weeks. Since we stay with my parents, it was a pretty frugal vacation. We did end up doing some shopping (although the fact that there were 3 adults, a child, and 2 dogs traveling together in a minivan meant we had to really watch what we bought so we would have room). But overall we stuck to our budget pretty well.
It's always amazing going home and seeing how much things have changed in the area. The growth in SW MO isn't nearly as fast as it is here, but since it had been almost a year since we had been there, there was still plenty of new stuff. We didn't get to check out nearly as much of it as we had hoped, but that seems to always be the case. We had planned on going to Kansas City, or at least Branson, but didn't have a chance. The only touristy thing we really did was a trip to the Bass Pro Shop in Springfield. Haha. It was actually the first time we had ever even taken Elliott there even though we had been meaning to for years. He loved it there, and wants to go back every summer now. :)
Assuming my husband gets the leave he requested, we are only going to be home for about 2 more weeks before taking another vacation. My husband just switched work centers, though, so we still aren't sure on his leave. If it goes through, we leave for Washington in just over 2 weeks. We will be spending some time in Spokane, Seattle, and right on the beach.