Oh, how we needed it!
And what a wonderful discovery: our children are pleasant company, easy travelers! They're not babies anymore - they don't need naps and if we space the food right, they don't have meltdowns.
My friends, we are a recharged little family.
To keep our weekend reasonable, we stayed in an inn for off-season rates close to a national park. We went to the free museums and skipped the expensive wax museum. We did lots of free hiking and water-play. We were active!
Also, I packed four meals, and we ate out for just three meals, with only one of those being a dinner. I can go into more detail in another post if you really want to know - I jotted down some notes for myself in my supper notebook when we got home.
Home. I am so happy.