We are talking about vacation for this year and kind of up in the air about what we would do. So WWYD?
1. Visit ILs in Palm Springs: cons are we were just there for Christmas and it will be hot as hell. Pros are with FIL's back surgery, not sure when they are coming out so the kids will definitely see them again and kids LOVE visiting them. And there is good shopping. We might also be able to throw in a night or two away for DH and I and leave the kids with MIL.
2. Pseudo-Staycation here and visit the mountains or Rocky Mountain National Park: DH has never been and loves camping and hiking. Save a bunch on travel expenses. Cons are we have two small kids and DS just couldn't hike for that long even in a carrier (he's heavy and gets hot easily).
3. True staycation: stay home and just venture out for day trips to the zoo, aquarium, Boulder or CO Springs and the like. Pros are cost and we'd get to explore the area more and hang out. Certainly least stressful option as we don't need to arrange dog-sitter. Con is that some of the stuff we've seen and may end up being bored.
4. Fly back east to see my parents and grandmother: Pros are my parents get to see them and we might be able to combine it with a beach trip (kids haven't been to a beach) and other attractions in VA area. I could also help my mom go through some more stuff of my grandmother and clean up. Cons are it would be the most costly option by far, it's a long trip and I was already back there with DD in Nov and was there by myself in January. And my parents can drive me batty. If we don't go back, don't know if my parents would see them this year (something they knew when they moved across the country).
Coming up next year is a big family reunion for DH's side probably at Yellowstone and likely Christmas at his folks' house again and year after that, likely a smaller family reunion in the summer back east at a beach for my side. 2015 is likely a WDW trip (tenative). Given those destinations are upcoming, WWYD?
DD -- 5YO
DS -- 3YO