Top 10 Activities for ” Vacation Detoxification”

My two children and I spent eight days in Iowa – with a good portion my and my husband’s immediate family present.

It was awesome.

But my children got a little addicted to everything a few things while we were there.

And now they’re forced to go cold turkey.

It isn’t pretty.

Top 10 Activities for “Detoxification”

10.  Delayed Bedtimes: Sure we started going to bed at the same time as at home, but by the time you hugged everyone in the room goodnight, another ten minutes had passed.

9.    Outdoor Afternoons: Lil Diva is often a wee bit cranky following her nap, and the best thing to do is get her outside. The hottest it was in Iowa during our visit? 85 degrees. The lowest high? 55 degrees. The last day? 65 degrees and perfect. Every afternoon (minus the one where a monsoon hit. We returned to Texas in a near record setting heat wave. The temperature? 100 degrees with higher heat indexes.

8.    Brownie Baking “from Scratch”: I’m a brownie addict. I love Duncan Hines Double Fudge Brownies (fudgy style). Before Duncan Hines, there was my G-ma’s homemade brownies. The Tackler made them in Iowa. Twice. Once with Mimi while I slept in. The second time with G-ma.

7.    Gravity Defying: Lil Diva loves to test gravity. She giggles and cackles when achieving true “weightlessness”. The only person who can truly make her fly? Uncle D.

6.   Driving Motorized Equipment: Cars require car seats. There aren’t any rules about riding lawnmowers….

Lil Diva would only ride this with me, as it was our first day there.

5.  Play “Dating”: The Tackler has “had a thing” for my friend’s daughter since their first meeting as babies, when they magically held hands without any help from us. He kept following her around when we managed to meet up again..

4.   Unending Supply of People to Crush in Candyland or Trouble: At home there is Daddy or Mommy. Rarely both, as one of us must distract his sister. But in Iowa, you have a Wait List to play Candyland and Trouble.

3.  Alternative Book Narrators: The Tackler and Lil Diva love books. Even better? New books and a change of narrator.

2.  Actual Home Cooked Meals with Courses: I don’t cook much and I do, we don’t really have many side dishes; with only four people, two of them pint sized, it’s a waste of food. But when you have 6-8 people every night, you get an awesome side dish smorgasbord – including Mimi’s (formerly Uncle Peter’s) homemade salad dressing. It was so good The Tackler DRANK the leftover dressing from the bowl.

After drinking the leftover salad dressing.

1.  An Adoring Audience for Every Event: Whether sliding, shooting off rockets, driving the lawn mower, playing Trouble, or building towers of blocks, an adoring audience waited with bated breath to see  my children’s next moves. Cheers, laughter, and applause rang in the air.


So wish us luck, as we continue the detoxification to get back to “normal”.

For those in United States, enjoy your Memorial Day.

For those who are Canadian or from another country?


What do you have to detox on after vacation?

About Kelly K @ Dances with Chaos

Kelly K has learned the five steps to surviving of motherhood: 1) Don't get mad. Grab your camera. 2) Take a photograph. 3) Blog about it. 4) Laugh. 5) Repeat. She shares these tales at Dances with Chaos in order to preserve what tiny amount of sanity remains. You can also find her on her sister blog, Writing with Chaos ( sharing memoir and engaging in her true love: fiction writing. It's cheaper than therapy.
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18 Responses to Top 10 Activities for ” Vacation Detoxification”

  1. mairedubhtx says:

    Glad you had a good time. It’s been hotter than hell in Texas the whole time.

    • Yes, there is a reason we typically go back to visit during May – Texas is hot and Iowa is still cool. We also like September for this very reason.

      It gets more complicated to plan around once “school” sessions start..

  2. alittlelessfluff says:

    My number detox? Everything? On vacation with my folks and the twins means that every single routine is out the window. Takes them a couple of (pain staking) days to get to normal again! 🙂

  3. Annie says:

    Ah, how well I know the vacation detox routine. Or the “grandma and grandpa babysat detox routine”. It is all so worth it though. 🙂

  4. educlaytion says:

    Great pictures Kelly. Looks like a fun family and great time. Gotta love g-pa on the slide and g-ma on the swing. We learn young how fast the fun of vaca goes away eh?

    • Yes, I took many many photos, so my children can relive the times later while we’re so far away.

      My g-rents were totally hit by the fountain of youth on our trip. I haven’t seen my G-pa on a swing or slide in… well… since The Tackler was little. But before I had kids – never.

      As a kid, vacation was fun, but the going to and from was not so much.

      I’m still awaiting teleporters.

  5. Kim says:

    Love the “holding hands” picture!!!!!

    • Yes, that’s an old school one. It was the first time those two met, and we set them next to each other – they grabbed hands all on their own. My son has be fascinated by her ever since on our visits.

      Of course, she’s a girly girl and doesn’t want to play space rangers…

  6. Oh the smiles. The smiles!

    I’m grinning here in Southern California and I don’t even have any brownies forthcoming…

    Or play “dating” for that matter.

    So thanks for sharing your fun. Very awesome and worth the detox, I’m sure.

    May your transition back to real life be gentle…

  7. I have a pic of my mother holding me on the lawnmower just like th pic of Lil Diva!

  8. Gorgeous, gorgeous photos.

    But were *you* there? 😉

    Loyal mom behind the camera. I know what that’s like!

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