Memorial Day Staycation

June 13, 2013

My name is Erin and I live in Vicksburg, MS. I have lived here all but about 6 years of my life. I always said I would never move back home but the more I thought about having kids, the more I thought about moving back home. Both sets of parents are in (or around) town. We knew, or I knew, that it would be easier and better for everyone if we were in Vicksburg once we started a family.

My sweet little town is full of history. Coke was first bottled here in 1894. The MS River runs all through our little town. And sometimes over it.

But, the biggest part of our history is how we came to be and the Civil War. During the Civil War, the Siege of Vicksburg was a turning point in the war. The South surrendered in Vicksburg July 3, 1863. Thanks to that, Vicksburg did not celebrate the 4th of July until about 10 years ago.

In our amazing little city, we have a GEM. It’s called the Vicksburg National Military Park. Most people that live in Vicksburg just use the 16 mile trek for walking, running, or biking. There are so many hills that 16 miles is really like 25 miles if it were all flat.

My oldest daughter went on a field trip before school was out to the Cairo Museum. She seemed to be really intrigued by a lot of it. (Although, I think she was more excited about eating outside on the picnic tables.)

Then, a week or so ago, she was at my parent’s house hanging out before summer camp had started up. She was riding back to town with my sis-in-law and they rode through the Park. They didn’t have time to stop and look at many things and there is a tunnel that she really wanted to go in.

So we went back on Memorial Day. Why not?

Coming out of the tunnel

Coming out of the tunnel


Climbing the steps of the Illinois of the best in our park!

Climbing the steps of the Illinois monument…one of the best in our park!


This one was a hit!

This one was a hit!


Taken by a 6 year old.  The first shot didn't even have Baby Sister in it!

Taken by a 6 year old. The first shot didn’t even have Baby Sister in it!


I love this one!  She was ready to let loose.

I love this one! She was ready to let loose.


If you did the math, 2013 is the 150th anniversary of the Siege of Vicksburg. That means the Sesquicentennial celebration. Yeah, say that 5 times fast. I can barely say it once! The Park was packed but the MS weather was not too unbearable. Yet.

The kids enjoyed it and Big Sister asked if we could do that every Memorial Day. Maybe we should do it more often than that!

We had a great time on our staycation in our backyard!

Plus, there are more activities at the VNMP all the time, but through the 4th of July for the sesquicentennial celebration. I would love for you to see my hometown!

SAMSUNGErin has been married to her high school sweetheart for 11 years and is the mother of 2 daughters, ages 6 and almost 2.  She loves the Lord, her family, and her MSU Bulldogs.  She works in Marketing and sleeps very little.  She started her love of writing in the 10th grade. Her blog is about keeping things real and not just all that fluff, although there is some of that sprinkled in there!  Visit her at Keeping it Real.

Retha Arrabal June 13, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Awesome. Love Vicksburg. Consider it home.

Brie Gowen June 13, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Loved the pics. I have two girls also, so I know you gotta keep it real 😉

Joyce June 14, 2013 at 9:34 am

Thanks for the great article. Thanks for loving Vicksburg too!

Carolyn June 14, 2013 at 9:42 am

The only thing missing from your trip was a night in a historic bed & breakfast A visit to a historic home always rounds out a visit to Vicksburg. Your daughters are beautiful little southern belles

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