I used to be (secretly) critical of a friend who took her kids out of school often to take family vacations. I thought she set a negative example for her children when it came to "valuing education." But, as in all things, it seems, I am now as a mother doing many things that I never thought I would!
My husband called Monday to say he had Tuesday off. A friend had just told me that admission to all National Parks this week is free, so I asked if he wanted to go to the Grand Canyon, (neither of us have ever been to the South Rim and he has wanted to go for years). We left Monday night (~5 hour drive) and returned late Tuesday night. We told the kids it was an educational vacation.