For the third year in a row, our family took a little 2 day trip to a cabin in the woods. The last two times, we went the week after Christmas and the kids opened the package with all the details as a Christmas present. Since it was no longer a surprise that we were going, and an expected outing during the winter break, we decided to take advantge of the full week the kids had off before Christmas and escape then.
We do so much of our vacations with extended family and friends, that 2 years ago I wanted just a few day getaway for our own little family to bond away from it all. When we first went, I just searched “cabin in the woods” within about 2 hours of our home. We’ve gone to a different spot each year, and it is truly time and money well spent. They end up being about $150-200 a night, and we stay 2 night.
We bring in most of our own food with plans to “eat local” one night. They have been super small towns that we’ve gone to, and it’s fun to get a feel of the local flavor as well. This time spent is so precious to me. Time bonding and playing games and laughing and exploring the woods…no distractions…just our family of 6. I find myself brimming with joy over and over, gazing at my children, with a prickle in my eye.
I am less distracted, and my hubby said he is able to just relax, too. Because it is just 2 days, it isn’t quite time for the kids to get cabin fever (no pun intended;) or annoyed with each other because its still so novel and fun. The one squabel they got into was on our 3 mile drive into “town” for dinner when the boys wanted to sit by their younger sister and my other daughter got her feelings hurt. Not bad. I haven’t ever planned ahead, and have mostly booked at the beginning of December. This one, I booked just a week and a half before. We went to a little town called Smithville, it’s the town where Hope Floats & The Tree of Life were filmed. And they are quite proud of that there. We stayed at a place called The Treehouse because it was up above the trees.
Here are a bunch of pics I took on this little excursion.
We played a whole lotta dominoes….
This giant gingerbread man is the size of the large gingerbread cookie that the town of Smithville made to get into the Guiness Book of World record. They beat the record in 2006 (I think) then Ikea beat them out in 2009.
The park had trains to climb on…
There were all sorts of fun textured walls around main street….oh how I’d love to photograph a family….or a teen…our a couple around here.
my family patiently waiting while I checked out a few antique stores…
It was a fun adventure, you should try it!