Great family getaway!
June 27, 2013
Our immediate family goes on a summer vacation together every summer. We've been doing this for the past 10 years. Finding just the right place is not easy. We live in Texas and Louisiana and try to find a place that we can all drive to in eight hours or less. We've been to the coast several times and stayed in three separate condos, stayed in cabins up in the mountains of Arkansas and even stayed in motel rooms in Dallas and San Antonio. This year we "booked" the Stone House Lodge in the hill country of west Texas. It was only four hours away for our son and six hours away for the rest of us. For the FIRST time, the 14 of us would be staying together in one big house. Kind of scary, since all three families are so different but we were willing to take the chance. So glad we did!
Our kids and grandkids stay "on the go" all year round so it was nice to come together and meet at a place (off the beaten path) where we could "CHILL-OUT!" There was so much to do.....no need to ever leave the place! We went for walks, rode bikes, counted deer daily, played pool, air hockey, fooshball, pin ball, slot machine, piano, watched movies, worked out, swam, read, cooked out, sunbathed, enjoyed the view and played charades, Pictionary and Apples to Apples in the evenings. We left the house a total of only three times in five days. We went out to eat at Angels Ice House our last night there. The food was great, friendly staff and the grandkids had a blast dancing their hearts out! One day all fourteen of us went zip-lining and picnicing just a few miles down the highway. And then another day we went for a relaxing 30 minute country drive and counted over 50 deer!
Believe it or not, as many of us as there were (6 teenagers)
everyone slept well. The hot tub might have had something to do with that. Ha!
Great vacation. Great cousin bonding! All in all, great family time!
Mollie Williford Branch, Shreveport, Louisiana
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