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Idea #2) How to choose where to go on summer vacation. (This can work for date night too on a smaller scale ๐Ÿ™‚

By Jenna Raulerson

Summer is on the horizon, and that means several things. For all of us who write on this blog, who just happen to be teachers and school employees, that means time off work! But it also means time to plan summer vacations.

In my house, this is a little bit of a daunting task, mostly because my husband and I have conflicting tastes in ideal vacation destinations. Iโ€™d like to spend my vacation taking in gorgeous natural scenery, breathing in fresh air, doing a little hiking or riding bikes on the beach and possibly taking in a man-made shopping mall hear and there. He would like to spend the days in a fast-paced city with flashing lights everywhere you look. Probably playing lots of golf. One thing we do agree on is really great food.

So this year I came up with a solution to avoid a possible World War III (ok not really) when deciding on where to go for summer vacay. We would get 10 slips of paper. Each of us would do thorough research and write down 5 places we would like to go for vacation. Then we would draw one out of a bowl!

Here were the rules:


  1. They had to be places we could reasonably afford to go by June 2012.
  2. They had to be places we had never been before!
  3. They had to be within the continental U.S.
  4. Thorough research needed to be conducted.
  5. They had to be awesome.


It took us a while to come up with 5 places each. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be. But it was a lot of fun, and fun to keep mine secret from my hubby until the end! When we both finished, we put them in a big box and shook it all around. My husband insisted he draw the slip out (man thing)โ€ฆ and the choice wasโ€ฆ Scottsdale, AZ!!

Here are the other choices that were in the box:


  1. Chicago, IL
  2. San Francisco, CA
  3. Santa Barbara, CA
  4. New Orleans, LA
  5. Scottsdale, AZ


  1. Dallas, TX
  2. Palm Beach Gardens, FL
  3. Miami/Key West, FL
  4. Hilton Head, SC
  5. Scottsdale, AZ

Idea #1) Scavenger Hunt! (Date night with friends!)

Get a group together of couples to form a scavenger hunt! It is fun, and competitive and you will have some great stories to tell!

Here is what we did:

We met at an outdoor mall where each couple got a list of items. (see picture below) The column on the left was worth one point, the ones on the left (and the most embarrassing ones) were worth two points. Each couple had 2 hours (or it could vary- we had dinner reservations at the Cheesecake Factory so we said 2 hours) to collect as much as they could and meet back. After adding up all points, the couple with the most points wins!

Then at dinner, we went around and showed our videos that we had to make for the two points. It was funny to see the ones who would “sing with strangers” or “play chess against themselves”. And the stories of how they got some of the items! You would be surprised the extent some people will go to win ๐Ÿ™‚ And that is the fun of it! Plus you get to know spouses of friends and find out new things about each other. It is really fun!

Just a great idea to have fun with your friends! Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Melissa (and reigning champ!) playing chess against herself! lol

Matching wallets! The things you learn about each other ๐Ÿ™‚

Juan Luis studying where the next item can be found ๐Ÿ™‚

Official Scavenger Hunt list!


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