And summer arrived, starting with a vacation away ...
So much planning, organizing, packing, and loading the days before a long, long drive from Illinois to Florida. With four year olds. Did I mention that's TWO four year olds?
Time away from the go-go-rush of life. No thought or needing to balance home and work life. It was all 100% family time. No worries. No stresses. No responsibilities to think about at home. Unplugged ... almost.
Laughter and relaxing. No rushing, just savoring moments. Beaching-going and building sandcastles. No to-do list waiting, just wish-list saving. Live music jamming and fine dining à la Grandpa. No thinking about what needs to be done, just enjoying it all. Pool dipping and extra-long napping. No schedule to adhere to, just doing what we want.
Fun in the sun. All week long.
And then, in a blink of six days, it was time to say goodbye --
Goodbye beach. Goodbye house.
Goodbye ocean. And pool.
Goodbye Grammy and Grampy.
Goodbye Nana and Papa.
Then the looooong drive back home. With four year olds.
Did I mention the girls were fabulous travelers?
And it feels so good to be home too.
Back to our every day life and what we know and love. But with summer comes no school today or tomorrow. No thought of needing to balance home and work life. Almost the vacation life --
Minus the beach. Even though I'm still finding sand in everything.