My Hometown Vacation: 2020

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Hey all!  Long time, no blog.  I spent the last week in my hometown, the last weekend at my brother's, and then enjoyed some time at home with my mom.  It was such a welcomed break, and a nice 'vacation'.

Monday, June 15, 2020
I headed back home Monday morning.  It was nice to have the weekend at home, before heading out.  But goodness, was I so excited to be going home.  I usually spend a good chunk of time at my parents' during the holidays, but don't make it home a ton during the warmer months.  I was really looking forward to being back when the weather was nice.  And boy, was it nice.  Once I got into town, we did a walk through my mom's garden (she has the greenest thumb!), walked around downtown, and then spent a good chunk of time outside on the deck.  Exactly what I was hoping to do during my time there.  When my dad got home from work, he put the top down on his '63 Corvair, and we took a drive through the country.  There is something about a country drive that I just love so much.  And it's even better when that drive is back home in my dad's old car.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Tuesday consisted of a long walk with my mom, reading on the porch with Camille, and relaxing.  Lots of relaxing was done earlier in the day, because my brother and nephews were en route, set to arrive later in the day.  the best part was my older nephew running out of the car to give us all hugs.  Such a great feeling!  To round out the day, we took him for a ride in my dad's car.  Much shorter than the night before, but pretty cool to experience his excitement.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Wednesday was a busy day!  My brother has gotten into disc golf with some friends, and my hometown just happens to have a course.  It was my first time playing and even though I was super bad, it was a ton of fun.  And my brother was super patient with me, haha.  It was kind of nervewracking, because the park it is at is right along the river so I was so worried I would lose one of his discs in the river.  Thankfully that did not happen!  Since we were all in town, my grandma came down to visit and have lunch.  While I missed being able to hug her hello and goodbye, it was so great to see her and talk to her in person, as opposed to just over the phone.  My parents had gotten the sweetest little blow up pool for my nephews and they were so cute playing in it together!  I think we all enjoyed watching them as they did playing.  We didn't have any real big plans for after dinner, so my brother and I headed to a nearby town for another disc golf course.  I think I got worse from the morning, but again, still really fun.  And great quality time with him.  It's rare it's ever just the two of us so I thoroughly enjoyed it.  

Thursday, June 18, 2020
My brother left my mom and I with the boys and headed back home.  I have to tell you, I was a tad bit nervous, just because my younger nephew is such a busy little guy and fast as can be, too.  I was so worried we would take our eyes off him for a second only for something terrible to happen.  Luckily, that was not the case at all, and we had some fun together.  There was one moment that really cracked me up though.  Both boys just love my mom.  LOVE her.  And then my parents' cat wanted to be around the action, too, but she wasn't necessarily ready to be bombarded by both boys trying to pet her.  So at one point, my mom had grabbed the cat and was holding her on her lap, my older nephew was trying to pet her, and then my youngest nephew was trying to sit on my mom's lap (which already had the cat on it), and it was a bit of a cluster.  But so very funny, haha.  

Friday, June 19, 2020 & Saturday, June 20, 2020
My dad had Friday off, so after breakfast, we hit the road to my brother and sister in law's house.  We had big plans for the weekend - we were redoing the boys' bedrooms!  My sister in law had done some work while my brother was in Pontiac, then when he got back home, they painted, and it was ready for us to decorate and move stuff around on Friday.  My brother is big into games, so Friday evening we played Between Two Castles.  It took a minute to figure it out, but once we had the general idea it was really fun!

We continued our decorating and moving things around on was pretty much go, go, go.  I love doing that stuff though, so it was really fun and of course, you can't beat the family time.  Once back at my parents', my dad made us popcorn.  It seriously the best popcorn you have ever had.  The popper he has is one you use on the stove top and crank, and he salts it to perfection.  So, so good.

Sunday, June 21, 2020
Father's Day!  We celebrated my dad with one of his favorite breakfasts and then my mom and I headed on back to my house.  Usually when my mom comes (or my mom and dad both come), we have a laundry list of items to accomplish, and this time, the visit was much more relaxing.  We had a grocery run, decorated for the 4th of July, and took a nice walk after dinner.  And watched a few of the recorded episodes of Home Town I had on my DVR.

Monday, June 22, 2020
My last day off work - so bittersweet!  After a morning walk and getting ready, my mom and I went on the hunt for some more impatiens for my front porch.  A few of the flowers had died in one of the pots, and we had the darnedest time finding them!  Home Depot had some, though, although they were in a multi pack with other colors.  I also decided I wanted to plant some basil (I have the best bruschetta recipe I need to share!), so we picked up supplies for that.  Our big outing was to the local antique mall.  Stores here have been open for quite awhile, but I haven't been out a whole lot.  A few stops here and there, but no shopping other than necessities and flowers (which aren't necessities, but I feel like the garden center is a little different than indoor shopping).  I was excited to go, but also a little nervous.  I had no reason to be nervous, though!  Because it was a Monday, it wasn't busy in the least, and the majority of the people we did see had masks on and we were able to distance ourselves for the most part.  I grabbed a cute little festive basket, and a really unique milk glass vase to add to my collection.  We both were tuckered out from the last week, so the evening came to a close pretty early on, but it was a good day.

The time off was truly such a wonderful break.  The time away from work was much needed, and the fact that it was spent with family was icing on the cake.  And you know it was a good recharge, because come Monday I was kind of looking forward to getting back into the swing of things at work the next day.  Of course, I had decided yesterday would be the day that I had my crown replaced at the dentist, so that was a bit of a rude awakening back into the real world, but all in all not too bad!

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  1. What a wonderful time with your family - there is nothing better to unwind!! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

  2. Emily, this makes me so happy that you got this time with your family, I know you needed it and I know it will rejuvenate you!

  3. What a perfect trip! I'm just so glad you were able to take this time with your family. I know it was such a treat for you, and I know your dad probably enjoyed it the most since he was able to spend such an extended period of time with you for Father's Day. I am SO jealous of your countryside ride in your dad's old car... that sounds like a complete dream! And I love that milk glass vase that you found!! It is so pretty!

  4. That is the cutest basket. Yay for a trip to see family and spend time at home. I love disc golf. I haven't played in years, but I used to have special frisbees just for it.


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