Monday, September 13, 2010


We had some vacation time planned for this month, but for the longest time we couldn't decide where we wanted to go or what we wanted to do. Of course if we had endless funds, we would have been able to come up with plenty of great places to go, but as it is, we decided to go on a "stay-cation". There are plenty of local things that we have never done, and plenty of local things that we have done, but that the kids wish we did more often. So we tried to hype it up and get the kids all excited about a vacation that doesn't sound nearly as fun as Disneyland or some other far off wonderful place. This is how the conversation went:

Mom & Dad: "Hey kids, we decided that for our vacation we are going to do a stay-cation. Do you know what that is?"

Kid (very excitedly): "Is it where we get to go on vacation and STAY there forever?!"

Mom & Dad: "Um, no, it's not."

Now this idea seems really lame.
But in the end, the kids seemed to think it sounded like a fun idea after all.

So here are the results of "STAYCATION 2010"

(also called "the best day ever" by Ryan)
The Incredible Pizza Company

So I found an amazing deal for this place, and for only $10 per person we got:

unlimited bumper cars

unlimited go-karts

Unlimited mini-bowling

Tyler has his own special method of throwing the bowling ball. If you look to the far right of the picture, you'll notice that his ball is still airborne. Strangely enough, this proved to be highly effective.

Unlimited mini-golf

Okay, so we're not actually golfing in these pictures, but they were taken on the golf course. I think I was born in the wrong era, don't you? :)

And also unlimited laser tag....of which I have no pictures. Because really, I'm trying not to "get lased", as Ryan puts it, and taking pictures while shooting and ducking and dodging is not the easiest thing to do.

We also managed to get in a few games and rides.

On top of all that we also had unlimited access to the buffet all day long. We decided to really get our money's worth and just stay the whole day and eat all of our meals there. Well okay, not breakfast.

Surprisingly the food was actually decent, and despite the name, they had much more than pizza to offer. There was also a salad bar, pasta bar, potato bar, taco/nacho bar, hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, chicken fingers, and a dessert bar, not to mention quite a few other foods.

We ended up staying for 9 hours, and the kids are begging to go back again tomorrow, so I think Day 1 was a success!


  1. I dont know how long its been since we've seen your kids, but Alyssa is no longer a little girl! She looks like a pre-teen just like Halen! How did our girls grow up so fast??? Your little guy has gotten so big too. Ryan and Tyler still look about the same, but the other 2 have really changed! We miss you guys.

  2. Absolutely a success!! Super fun

  3. Um, where the heck did you get that deal? I so want it! :)

  4. I like your kids' idea of a "staycation". I think I'll have me one of those.

  5. Kim, there was a coupon in the hometown values magazine that comes in the mail last month....I'm hoping there's another one this month because Ryan wants to go there for his b-day next month, and I don't want to pay 25 bucks per person.