Saturday, June 21, 2008

RECIPE FOR A DREAM VACATION (On A Budget)

I was scrambling around when I got home from work, packing, checking my list, looking for the passport, finding the suitcases, packing the snacks, you know...all of the crazy excitement that comes with going on vacation. Ohhhh...the Bahamas, vacation in paradise...snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, and going down the super slide at the Atlantis Hotel. Relaxing under the palm trees, tropical breeze, hammock swaying as you drink your ice cold fruity beverage and read your favorite novel...without a care in the world.

Oops sorry, I was getting a little carried away for a minute...but this is my 13 YEAR OLD SONS VACATION!! Yes, you can tell that I am sooooo jealous! My son just left last night for my dream vacation. I know what your thinking and yes, I am excited for him, BUT....I want to go!



Elijah (my son) has a friend whose dad is pretty wealthy and every year they take him on an all expense paid vacation wherever they happen to be going. Why didn't I ever have friends like that growing up!?! I come from a family of 7 kids, so we never really went anywhere for vacation. Now, here I am with a family of six kids in the same boat. I have become very creative though...here's how it works for all of you STUCK at home.

DREAM VACATION RECIPE

1. Make yourself a big, tall, slushy, ice cold, tropical drink...slice the pineapple and stick it on the rim of your cup. You will need this first to sip on as you complete the rest of the recipe (refill often as needed)

2. Take out some bread, turkey, ham, roast beef, salami, cheese, tomato's, lettuce, pickles and your favorite sandwich spread. Put it all together and set it next to your drink.

3. Go to the fridge, pull out strawberries, grapes, apples, oranges, mango's, papaya's, pineapple, cantaloupe, and watermelon. Cut and slice as needed, put into one bowl.

4. This is the most important part of the recipe...cut a HUGE piece of chocolate cake (if you don't have cake then grab your box of Bon Bon's, Godiva chocolate bar, or brownies) JUST MAKE SURE IT'S REALLY SWEET and CHOCOLATEY ! For those of you allergic to chocolate (poor things) substitute with whatever your weakness is...remember, this is YOUR vacation, you can work it off when you get back.

5. This part of the recipe can be a little tricky...put all of your items on a tray and head over to your computer. CAREFULLY place all of the items around your desk...a spill or mishap can ruin your whole vacation so BE CAREFUL.

6. Go IMMEDIATELY to your room throw on your most comfortable lounging around shorts, tank top, loose fitting dress...whatever you wear to relax in. Grab the fan in your room and quickly return to your desk.

7. Turn on your fan, sit down, grab your drink, take a big sip (remember, no gulping...it's your vacation), turn on your computer, go to your Blog page. Once you've arrived, click Next Blog at the top of your screen.

8. While your computer is thinking, take a bite of your sandwich, and grab a piece of fruit. The fan should now be supplying a perfect, light, relaxing breeze.

9. When the first picture appears, scroll down, there will be more. If you happen to arrive at an undesirable vacation spot, or heaven forbid a work site...simple jump to another destination by hitting "Next Blog" at the top of the screen. Often times you will not be able to read about the spot you have arrived at due to a language barrier...DO NOT get frustrated...you're on vacation for the scenery, relaxation and beauty. Be sure to continually enjoy the feast before you (no worrying about calories remember...V A C A T I O N).

10. You have now arrived at your DREAM VACATION...the Bahamas, Tahiti, Costa Rica, Brazil, Australia, Italy, Paris, Switzerland...remember your trip will not be complete until you bite into your sweet, smooth, rich, heavenly CHOCOLATE!! Yes...now you've arrived...and what an amazing place to be. RELAX, EAT and ENJOY!!



























Awwwwe VACATION!?!?!

64 comments:

Tj and Amy said...

how cute! i will have to try the dream vacation recipe! sounds relaxing! How fun for lijey! i am jealous!

~Trish~ said...

Will DEF try this...how funny!!! Yea my exciting upcoming vacation is to Arkansas...I know I know...calm down! LOL

Mom said...

YOU are SO wrong on SO many levels.

Though I may have to steal your idea....or link to it.

SoccerMom said...

I would have posted my comments sooner but I was on vacation, oh but I brought extra chocolate. I hope you don't mind... hehehe

Busymama Kellie said...

LOL, you forgot the best part of this vacation...you don't have to drag the screaming, fidgety kids on the plane!

Tara said...

Sooooo creative, and also such a good idea! You can count me in on this type of vay-cay.

My husband also had a very rich friend back in the day. Hey, why aren't they still friends? Life is unfair.

EmmaP said...

Love this recipe!!! I love that we can indulge and "work off" our chocolate when we get back from vacation! Very clever!!!

Kimmie0270 said...

This is a seriously cute post...

EmBee said...

Can I just START with the chocolate?
Heh! Lovely idea. Also noticed a lot of references on your blog to Huntington Beach which is where my sister lives... My brother-in-law surfs a LOT so I wondered if he surfed into one of your beach shots. Hmmmm, I love walking along that strip of beach but its been a couple of years since I last visited.

Imperfect said...

Love it. This could definitely work at my house, even in the middle of chilly September. And I love the beach pictures. Beautiful.

How we met! said...

Such a creative mind! Remember on your Staycation you don't have to wait in any lines, go through customs, pay a huge bill at the end, shop for hours to find the right items to take home for gifts, do a mound of laundry while unpacking! Way kewl idea and you can do it any time! Oh, and don't forget! No major cruise germs to worry about making you sick!

Shanda said...

This is so much fun...I've done it before minus the great food spread. I'll have to try that soon!

Mekhismom said...

You are quite creative and I will be having one of your "vacations." I didn't get away this year so a virtual vacation will have to do!

Amy said...

A great way to relax, I have to agree. Nice photos too!

dddiva said...

Cute idea, but somehow I don't think the Mini-Diva's will think it is so great while I am in New Hampshire then Orlando if I tell them this is what they get to do this time for their vacation.
LOLOL I think I just may have to send them the link and tell them this is what they get to do while I'm gone.

Creative Junkie said...

Yep, that's the only type of vacation we'll be able to afford for awhile. I need to get one of those ginormous monitors though, to get the full effect.

Mrs. S said...

sounds like a plan to me!

Lula! said...

You are brilliant...

Going back to look at your pictures again...taking another vacation!

Kendra said...

Love this. A genius at work.

Kelly Deneen said...

Fabulous idea!!! :)

I hope your son had a good trip, and I hope you enjoyed your "vacation" as well.

Ren said...

Such a great post! Going to indulge in a vacation real soon. ^^

Happy SITS day!

Crazy Momma said...

Now THAT is my idea of a vacation!

Ronnica said...

Haha. Love it!

Simply Stork said...

hee, hee...very cute :o)

...I grew up in a real life brady bunch...3 boys and 3 girls...just call me "jan"

It was very hard to go on vacation...we did lots of tent camping?? not quite the same is it??

~simply~

G. said...

How cute! I loved this...especially the part about the chocolate! great post!

~Trish~ said...

LOL I loved this post the first time I commented on it!

Melissa Lester said...

Thanks for the mini-vacation today! All this comment love has got to be better than a trip to the Bahamas! :)

deconstructing jen said...

Cute! Very creative. :D

CanCan (MomMostTraveled) said...

I feel relaxed just reading this. If only someone ELSE would make my tropical drink....

verygoodyear said...

I dunno, this doesn't sound like my kind of vacation but I can see the appeal ;)

It includes the most important part though -- a beautiful, fruity, alcoholic drink!

Ali said...

Love it! You had me with the chocolate! ;)

Michelle said...

Ooo, good point on someone else making the tray and bringing it to you. Now THAT'S a vacation! I could use one of those about now.... Here's hoping your son has fun!

Shannon said...

We just got back from Cancun...but oh man, do I want to be there again! Mmmm...chocolate.

Sandy & Rick said...

Great Idea! I have never done the next blog thing. I will have to try it.

Peggy said...

What a great idea! I could almost feel the sand beneath my bare feet and the breeze on my face. Do I have to go back to work now?

cricketphx said...

Love it! The pics are gorgeous too!

Felicia Eis said...

LOL I love it :)

andrea said...

LOVE the sunset pics!

Jenni said...

Too Funny! It is fun though. I have blog hopped like that for fun before. . .you find very intereting things that way.

Be-Frazzled Mom said...

Aaaaahhhh! I love it.

Mindy said...

Love the recipe for a dream vacation. Very creative!

Britt said...

Oh, this sounds lovely .. I know what I'm doing tomorrow during nap-time!

Tabitha Blue said...

Ohhhh I'm jealous too!! Sounds like a great time... but your recipe sounds great too! What a gorgeous family you have, love the photos too.

mrsbear said...

Great idea. I'll get right on that. At the rate we're going that's as close to a vacation as I'm getting.

Stephanie said...

What a cute idea. I'm so going to have to try this at home I SO need a vacation.

Vicki said...

Call me Jimmy Buffett because I must be permanently on vacation. You just described my daily life. Except add in a little homeschooling ;)

Becky :) said...

How cute and what a great idea!!!

The Treffeisens said...

No. 1 - I need to get myself one of these friends of which you speak!

No. 2 - I love your vacation idea. I think I'll try it.

Beautiful family!

Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

Ah, that was fun while it lasted!

Your son has the life!

-Bridget said...

I can almost taste the salty air and feel the breeze. What's that? Is that the sound of the waves lapping at the sand? No, that's the sound of the 2 year old dumping Rice Crispies to the floor. Dang it. I've got to go. I'll be back for more paradise later.

Dee said...

great idea for a holiday.Nice that your son has such a good friend too.

Tracy P. said...

Definitely a good idea--even between "real" vacations!

Melodie said...

I'll have to give this a try next time the hubby takes the girls with him to the grocery store. It'll be a nice hour long vacation!

Laurel said...

Oh so nice! You can have that kind of vacay any ol' time and just be a relaxed camper. THanks and congrats on your SITS day in the sun.

mrsmouthy said...

Sigh, I've always wanted a friend like that. I guess a blog post is a close runner-up!

Rela Pantaleon-Manigsaca said...

Can I be friends with your 13 year old son and his friend (and his wealthy family)? :)

Anyway... that was a fun and funny dream vacation! I would probably use a laptop and bring everything outside, lounge on a nice comfy outdoor chair or chaise and let the natural warmth and breeze do their trick...

Karen said...

Awesome idea. Right now, sitting beside me, I have a glass of iced tea and a bowl of watermelon and grapes .... so I'm halfway there :-)

Sunshine said...

How fun are YOU?! You're my kind of people. I'll tell you that RIGHT NOW. I am all over this idea. And it's good to know what "next blog" means too...awesome. ;D

Tinabean said...

OK this is so funny!
But I think you forgot to mention to make sure & get rid of the kids for awhile first or it doesn't work!

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

I think that is a really good idea! And you are so funny, I love this post! :)

Congrats again on your day! :)

Rhea said...

I'll just keep clicking on the photos in your blog to enjoy my vacation! Gorgeous sunset pictures!

Mama's Losin' It said...

This is really cute...maybe a cd of ocean sounds could complete the experience...

angela | the painted house said...

I hope you enjoyed your SITS day! Great photos!

Mercedes said...

Now that is a vacation I can afford.