Gratituesday: The Day Off

Last week, right in the middle of the week, we took a day off. Matt needed it, I needed it, the boys needed it. We didn’t even pack food like we usually do. When we decided it would be a day off, we meant day off.

We drove to Lincoln (about an hour away) and first took a tour of our State Capital Building. It was so interesting, and even though our boys were trying as hard as they could not to learn anything on their day off, shucks, I think they still did. ;)  You’ve gotta love the fact that one of our sons can’t possibly allow us to take a “normal” picture. Although, I suppose this is our version of “normal”. (I am totally going to put this in his wedding rehearsal slide show someday.)

We had a long, leisurely lunch at Olive Garden, did a little shoe shopping at the mall, and then, because it was a beautiful fall day, we went to play a little putt-putt. All six of us had a blast. In case you were wondering, no, I didn’t win. Shocking, I know.

While at this family fun center, we also engaged in a family go-cart race. In case you were wondering, no, I didn’t win that either. Shocking, I know.

We came home refreshed and ready to get back to work. I’m so thankful God blessed us with this time away to close the computer, close the books, put away the soccer balls and just enjoy each other.

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  1. says

    I spent two days with my dad last week in the hospital. We thought he was going to die. This post I linked up are my thoughts on appreciating others while they are alive.


  2. Kari says

    Glad you had a fun day! I think you should leak the picture to the newspaper when he becomes a state legislator someday. ;-)

    OK, I have to suggest that as a follow up to the visit to the state capitol, you go find something to work into your school lessons from this list of online curricular materials from one of the projects I work on, Representative Democracy in America.


  3. says

    Days off are the best! After wearing myself out this weekend, I took a day off and a day in on this cold, rainy day. Baby number five *loved* the stillness and was more active than usual in my womb. It was a sweet day.


  4. says

    What a neat day!

    We had a similar day this past year when the local Autism Society had a free outing for us @ a local go cart and mini golf place. This year, sadly, they didn’t notify by email and we missed it. Maybe we’ll need to look for coupons and take our kids on our own. Thanks for sharing!


  5. says


    When I first got a glimpse of the picture of your 4 boys, my mind connected it to the picture that advertises the film COURAGEOUS. Four boys full of courage! GIGATT


  6. says

    We haven’t had a day off like that in so very long!! Glad you got the opportunity to spend a day playing together with your family. :) I’ve shared how we spent our Saturday together stacking cord wood and how blessed we are with the daily tasks when we work together as a family. Thanks for hosting! ~Lisa


  7. Jackie Leyba says

    With 4 boys, I don’t think there is such a thing as a “NORMAL” picture!!! I have one boy and I don’t have normal either!!!
    You sure did have a great day!!! I LOVE your posts!! They are funny and down to earth and it also helps for all of us to realize that we aren’t the only ones that have trying or unusual days!! Thanks Laura!!
    I can’t wait for my Tuesday off which is Oct. 25th!!! Maybe I’ll take my son somewhere!!!


  8. says

    Opps! I accidentally left 2 links since I left my name instead of the post name. Sorry! Looks like your family had a great “day off.” We all need to do that more often! Thanks for the inspiration.


  9. Angela says

    I’m so thankful that my best friend just came out of surgery with no complications. The doctors took out her left lung and the tumor that was blocking her airway. Now (PRAISE BE TO GOD) she
    can get back to loving life and loving her kids. She has been so remarkable through this journey. Her faith has not waivered. She is the strongest woman I know and I am so blessed and thankful that I have been able to be touched by her and her FAITH.


  10. says

    heck, i have 5 kids–3 girls and 2 boys, and i’ve given up on “normal” smiles!! i’ve learned to accept that as our normal! i had to accept it, otherwise i’d go crazy! :)
    thanks for sharing what you’re thankful for and for allowing us to share as well! love your blog!


  11. Laura says

    Yea! It is so important to take a day off occasionally! Even with the food. Glad you had fun! That’s what being a family is all about!


  12. Carol S. says

    What a wise and refreshing way to spend a day! Sounds like the kind of days we enjoy when we take a day off. My kids think “field trip” and “vacation” and synonyms:)


  13. Rose says

    I am thankful to God for watching over my husband and three other men this weekend when they were involved in a car crash with a train. I know that God was with them because the car was tossed into the air and back down. It was very frightening.
    I thank God everyday for the blessings he has bestowed upon me and family.


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