We just got back from a lovely, restful vacation. It was only Abe and Rose and me. The largest (adult) child took himself to a Bar Mitzvah in California and left us to go on vacation without him. I think that we had a much better time without him than we possibly could with him along.
We had "bought" 3 nights in a condo near Loon Mountain, in Lincoln, New Hampshire at the school silent auction from Rosie's old school. Since we don't downhill ski, we like to go up to the mountains in the summertime. We've actually been up at that area about 4 or 5 times.
This time, we had no major plans set, although we were probably going to go to the water park. We hiked a little (very, very, mild walks), played mini-golf twice, went to the hot tub at the condo village twice and generally relaxed and sat around. We did a little bit of shopping - mostly shirts for Rose, but also a dress for Mom and a windbreaker for Abe (who had lost his at school!)
We ate in (the condo), we ate out, we relaxed. And one of the reasons that Mom could relax was that (wonders of wonders, miracles or miracles....) the kids were EXTREMELY good. There was a little bit of squabbling and sniping, but overall, everyone (mom included) gave a bit and the vacation was very calm. This was just what mom needed, even if the kids weren't highly entertained. Abe had to (shudder) actually perform some (very mild) exercise and Rosie had to put up with her brother.But, mostly, Abe got to read and watch TV, Rose got to shop and watch TV, Mom got to sleep late, spend some time outside, not feel guilty about not doing a bunch of chores, eat wonderful meals that she hadn't prepared and not have to yell at the kids. Mom certainly got the best of this deal.
But now it's back to school and work. Abe is back at FLC where he still has another day of vacation there. Rosie will go to orientation and then start public school in a few days and Mom gets to water the new lawn. Vacation is always over too soon.