We have to have our vacations that we ask for time off for in advance also. We do ours in 3 month time spans but they are always like 6 months away. I rarely ask for any vacations. This last trip to TTR I did ask for 3 days for my 10 day trip. The way my schedual works with doing 12 hour shifts is that I get spans every three weeks where I get 8 days off in a row. So for that trip I asked for my weekend off too and left the first day of my 8 days off and returned on the Sunday that was my vacation. Sp technically I could go for a week every three weeks, my biggest hurdles isnt time off work for ME (tho G's time off is another thing!). For me my big hurdles are my munchkins (as in who is going to watch them) and money. Seems as hard as I pray I still can't have infinate amounts of it. :cry: Usually I use my vacation days as sick days. My kids need me home with them (for SOME reason even if it is school stuff) more than I have sick time.