Now that Little Sister travels well, we opted to spend a week in rural northeastern Pennsylvania where we grew up (an hour apart). We stayed with my husband's parents and had a great vacation. We were able to visit with all of the grandparents at least twice and just enjoy ourselves.
Maybe you can do the same sort of relaxing and fun family activities on an almost staycation. Here are a few ways we had fun on vacation while staying with my in-laws (who are pretty awesome).
Ride with the top down.
(Yes, my in-laws live on a dirt road. Can you see my son's hand waving?)
Roll down hills.
And then squish them between rocks to make a squirrel trap (according to my children).
Actually, this was the day after when the four of us got together at a local park.
(I never realized how short we all were until this picture.)
These girls are still great, and I'm grateful for them!
Visit the community park.
The covered bridge is located at the park where I got together with the friends from high school.
The floor boards are beautifully engraved with names to honor community members, including Derek's grandparents.
"Ride" a motorcycle.
We could feel the house vibrate as it went by.
Workers grated and rolled the road the last day we were there.
Make Turkish Delight.
This was the rock-hard first version I made.
It was tasty, even if it took ten minutes to cut that first piece.
I tried a second time since it was the wrong consistency. This time it didn't even gel.
This was Brother's first time steering a real tractor on Great Grandpa's lap.
REALLY drive it.
REALLY drive it.
He loved every minute of it.
Lottie is an adorable, wholesome doll who is perfect for little girls to play with...she even goes along for some outdoor adventures. Find Lottie dolls here. (Affiliate link.) Big Sister has had her Lottie doll since June, and will be collecting more.
Leave the 2 year old behind with Grandma and Grandpa to take the Big Kids to a water park.
We took the Big Kids to a water park in the Adirondacks of New York state. We had a great time!
What do you enjoy doing at your in-laws' home? Do you like low-key vacations?
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