Sandy Cove Blog

Last-Minute, Budget-Friendly Family Vacation Ideas

It happened again. You meant to plan your family's summer vacation getaway. It seemed like you had plenty of time. But now you find yourself in a sticky situation: no vacation has been planned or booked and your kiddos (and husband) are chomping at the bit for a summer adventure.

Don't worry, though; there are still options.

We've gathered together a few ideas to help you start your last-minute vacation planning.

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6 Fun Things To Do With Your Grandkids This Summer

Are you a grandparent? If you are, the chances are good that you adore your grandkids and always look for opportunities to spend time together. Summer is a great time to spend quality time with your grandchildren—it doesn't matter if it's mornings, afternoons, evenings, or weekends.

Do you ever rack your brain trying to think of creative activities and fun things to do together that won't take a toll on your knees or steal your breath?

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I get asked “Are you ready for summer?” a lot this time of year. People know I am responsible for delivering five weeks of the three ring circus we call Summer Together Family Camp. And they reasonably assume that I’ve been locked in my office all winter, getting my ducks in a row.

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A Week Of Family Camp In 25 Photos

They say pictures are worth a thousand words. Perhaps, so. We love talking about Family Camp and all the reasons why it's a GREAT option for any family's summer vacation, but perhaps seeing it for yourself would help you understand why we think it's so great.

If you're looking for a fun and memorable summer family vacation on the water, we've got what you're looking for!

They say pictures are worth a thousand words—what do these photos tell you about Family Camp? 

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5 Things You Can Do To Help Your Blended Family . . . Blend

While there are volumes written about the challenges of blended families, step-parenting, and troublesome ex-spouses, this post focuses on a few practical things you can do to help your blended family . . . well, blend.

What exactly does it mean to blend? Does it mean that everyone gets along? That there are never any problems? That you act like your previous marriage never existed? Or that you pretend that you're one happy family? No, not in the least.

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Shall We Gather At The River?

A while back, I was sitting here at Sandy Cove, looking out at the river, and thinking. I was trying to imagine what it would feel like to come back for a visit in 20 or 30 years (assuming I am not still working here then). I’m sure I would notice changes.

In the 14 years I have been here, I have been involved in adding and implementing some cool stuff. But I can’t imagine that in 30 years the playground I built will be here—if it is, you might not want to play on it! Ditto the zip line, big swing, and all that good stuff. Hopefully, someone brilliant will have done a bunch of stuff to make this place even more ridiculously awesome, and I’ll be happy about it when I come visit.

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