For those who don't know, last week, my family and I went on vacation. Fifteen years ago, my husband and I honeymooned on St. Simon's Island, Georgia. I've wanted to go back ever since. Now that we live closer (still not close enough, but closer), we decided this was a good year to go. My children had been begging to go to the beach forever, so that settled it.
It was gorgeous. Even more so than I remembered. We walked and splashed on the beach, collected shells and built a sandcastle.
We climbed to the top of the lighthouse.
We caught a beautiful sunset.
We ate really good food. You have to know it's going to be a great meal when the bread basket they bring out at first contains not only rolls and cornbread, but also pumpkin bread!
We rode a boat and saw dolphins. A whole pod of them!
And all around us were these amazing old oak trees, dripping with moss. It was like living inside a movie. So awe-inspiring. Pretty sure I'm going to set a future book here. We decided it would be a dream to retire there, although I'm not sure how that would work financially.
Needless to say, we had a great week.
But, I also learned (or re-learned) that I am not very good when schedules aren't adhered to. I can be flexible to a point, but sometimes it's hard to slow down and remind myself that it doesn't matter if we don't leave the cottage at the exact moment I thought we should. Vacations are supposed to be laid-back and relaxed. It didn't kill us to get places a few minutes later than I had originally planned.
I didn't get much reading or writing done, but I did a little. I enjoyed Autumn Macarthur's newest book, Brett. And delved into Chautona Havig's book Corner Booth. I recommend both. And I wrote about 3750 words one afternoon. But that was it. The rest of the time was spent GOING!
Also, you can handle any circumstance in short doses. My children slept on air mattresses in the dining room and hallway. Not very great for sleeping when other people are still up and wandering through those areas. But we made it. And my kids had GREAT naps on Saturday as they made up for some of the missed sleep earlier in the week.
They're both still talking about the beach and the lighthouse and the dolphins. Obviously, St. Simons now holds a special place in their hearts as well.
How about you? If you could vacation somewhere, would you go beach or somewhere else? Do you get stressed out trying to squeeze everything into a few days of vacation or are you better than I am at relaxing and going with the flow?
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