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As my week away from work is coming to a close, I decided to share with you all what I did on my vacation. Typically I don't take a whole week off from work at a time, as I usually spread it out and take a few days off here and there. But this summer, my niece and nephew and parents were spending a week here with us, so I wanted to have some quality family time.
In the past when they've all been here, I've had to get up at 2 am to go to work, which has limited my time with everyone. Because our kids have activities over the final week of summer break, my parents decided it was best to come here, so we were able to do some fun things and all five cousins were able to spend some quality time with their grandparents.
|A Smurfy night out|
Tuesday was spent at the new Junior High School, picking up schedules and walking around the building. My daughter had dance class and one son had marching band practice. We caught a late dinner at Boondocks in Carbondale. Once again, it was a great meal.
|Dragon slayers at "Castle Park"|
There's a huge castle, complete with secret passages, a dungeon, and a giant bell. The park also has several dragons, knights, gargoyles, and just about anything else medieval you can imagine. My nephew had a blast, but even my pre-teen son and niece loved it too. My daughter loves the park as well, as she lead her cousins to all the sites. My dad and I spent some time chasing the kids around, but soon found ourselves sitting in the pavilion decorated with suns.
|The Root Beer Saloon|
Alto Pass, IL
|The Hunspergers meet the Robertsons|
Photo courtesy: Gorilla Grid Media
Jase did most of the talking and shared stories of his faith and family. He also talked about his passion for hunting. At the end, two of their children, Reed and Mia, joined their parents on stage. Missy and the children sang an amazing rendition of Amazing Grace. It was a fun evening and a great way to wrap up the week.
|On Crab Orchard Lake|
So that's it in a nutshell: my staycation. I needed a break from work and it was great spending some quality time with not just my wife and kids, but my parents and niece and nephew. Oh yeah, and I broke two personal records running during the week, one on Monday and another on Friday. I'm gearing up for the Warrior Dash again in September. Thanks for reading.