We just got back from Massanutten Resort (in the Shenandoah Mountains). A friend from church hooked us up with a stay in a two bedroom condo for free. With our current budget, that's the best kind of vacation we can take. Seriously, the only extra money we spent was gas to get there. We brought food from home and cooked ourselves. The resort is mainly for skiing, which we obviously didn't do, but they have many other summer activities. There were some nice pools, which the we all quite enjoyed, especially S. and K. S. also liked the fancy playground, mini-golf, and the cable TV (No, we do not have cable at home). If you think you notice a theme here, you are correct. Leisure activities at this point in our lives revolve around trying to keep the little ones happy. There were a lot of other activities there we would have liked to have done, such as canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, raquetball, and hiking, but they just don't work with kids. Someday, however, J and I are going to Europe and leaving the kids behind! That's my idea of a vacation.
Now everyone is cranky and overtired, and I have a lot of unpacking and cleaning to do. Still, it was worth it just to get out the house for a while.