Vacation time! Day 1 & 2

So what did I do with my first day of vacation?  I drove about 8-9 hours, yay!

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Now I’m sitting doing laundry while my kids swim in the lake.  Doesn’t seem like fun, but to tell the truth, I couldn’t be more relaxed.  I spent about 3 weeks cramming in as much work and projects and got 99% of it done so I’m very happy and very calm right now.  Last year I had some big deadlines to get back to, so it was a little hectic.  This year, nada.

Fae is still home because she’s working this weekend and Monday with her Dad, so I took Aidan with me to go get Gillian at Celiac Camp in Rhode Island, and from there we drove up to a campsite about 8 miles north of where we are now.  Put up the tent for the night, went and got an ice cream nearby and promptly crashed.

Dude, it gets cold up here at night 🙂  Good thing there were three of us!

The Silver Bay YMCA is kind of like the Dirty Dancing place – lots of things to do, people to hang out with, things like that.  My Mom used to come up nearby as a kid and wanted to start a tradition for the family, so here we are in Year 2 of the Cushing/Kingsley family retreat.

The kids love it because they can swim, kayak, hike, shoot hoops, rock climb, and their favorite – archery.  There’s a really big archery range at the other end of the complex.  We stay in two cabins, and it’s comfy.

So, this is the beginning of my vacation journal.  Day 1 wasn’t super eventful because it was all driving 🙂  Day 2 is looking to be really nice.  Supposed to rain tomorrow and maybe Monday, but it said that last year and it got cloudy for a few hours and that’s about it. 🙂

Kids these days…

My Mom forwarded this on to me and I wasn’t sure what to make of it at first. You have to understand, my Dad is a pilot and teaches Aeronautics at Downling College, so I took it seriously at first.

I was always a strict disciplinarian with my kids. But most people nowadays think it improper to discipline children, so I have tried other methods to control my grandkids when they have had one of ‘those moments’

Since I got my pilot’s license, one method I have found very effective is for me to just take the child for a flight. During this time I say nothing and give the child the opportunity to reflect on his or her behavior.

I don’t know whether it’s the steady vibration from the engines, or just the time away from any distractions such as TV, video games, computer, iPod, etc.

Either way, my grandkids usually calm down and stop misbehaving after our flight together. I believe that eye to eye contact during these sessions is an important element in achieving the desired results.

I’ve included a photo below of one of my sessions with my grandson, in case you would like to use the technique.








And yes Terri, this makes three in a week 🙂

State of Affairs

After surviving all of the surgery and hospital visits, what’s next on the cruise directors list of things to do to stress you out?

1) A 7 hour drive to bring Gillian to Camp and stay at a friends near my work
2) An 9 hour drive to get Gillian and take her up to Lake George
3) Hanging out in Lake George for a week where you can relax and unwind for the first time in about a year.

Um, can I skip to #3?

To tell the truth, I don’t really mind 1 & 2 that much. 1 is going to be just me and Gillian when I go to drop her off at camp. I’m the webmaster for the camp so I’m going to go set up a computer so they can upload all of the pics and I can put them on the website at night so family and friends can see what they’re doing during the week. We did it last year, but there was someone there who’s sole job was so take pics and upload them, she’s not going this year unfortunately.

Work has been so crazy lately and it occurred to me that the last day I took as vacation that was an actual vacation, was probably end of last year. Most of the vacation days I’ve taken so far have been to take care of something else, this year it’s been to many hospital related ones 🙂

Wow man, I’m already relaxing just thinking about sitting on the porch of the cabin and staring out at Lake George and the mountains. I’ll try and post more pics this year.

(and yes, I know, 2 posts in the same week, much less the same month? amazing)

Okay, July pretty much sucked ass

Yeah, I can say that, it’s my blog. Tough noogies.

July 4th was fun, but that’s about it. In the span of three weeks, Fae had sinus surgery, recovered and got a nasty sinus infection so they put her on strong antibiotics. Her stomach gets wrecked, so I give her chicken soup and put in some extra chicken….and end up poisoning her – yup, 4 days in the hospital with Food Poisoning. Then 5 days later, she has surgery on her uterus for polyps.

Just shoot me.

I am looking forward to driving Gillian up to camp for a week, and then picking her up to go to Lake George for a week. BABY I need that vacation! 🙂