Pronunciation: \vā-ˈkā-shən, və-\
Usage: often attributive
Etymology: Middle English vacacioun, from Anglo-French vacacion, from Latin vacation-, vacatio freedom, exemption, from vacare
Date: 14th century
1: a respite or a time of respite from something : intermission
2 a: a scheduled period during which activity (as of a court or school) is suspended b: a period of exemption from work granted to an employee
3: a period spent away from home or business in travel or recreation
4: an act or an instance of vacating
What I noticed most about this definition is the absence of the words relaxing, rejuvenating, calm or peaceful - which is very smart on their part because I know our family vacation didn't include ANY of those things.
What it does (did) include is chaotic, exciting, exhausting, wild, unpredictable and all around insane. And we wouldn't have wanted it any other way!
Our yearly trek to the North Conway area was a success. No sprained ankles like last year. No scars or scrapes like last year. Just family fun at 2 amusement parks, exploring the top of a mountain and a little shopping thrown in the mix.
I will update with stories and pictures soon. But let's just say we all found something we loved about this year's trip and my daughter kept exclaiming, "This is the best vacation EVER!"
Successfully completed The Prince of Nantucket while on vacation. I recommend it if you want a soul searching book about your relationship with your mother and what you would do if she wasn't who you thought she was. Moved on to Loved Walked In by Marisa de los Santos.