Last week was spring break and my kiddos and i headed out to play in the sand and surf and to visit cool places. We were all a bit sad that papa had to work and wasn't able to join us. The day before we were set to leave my kiddos questioned whether we should leave for five whole days and if we could have as much fun without dad there. I must admit that i had doubts myself. But i revisited one of my favorite quotes and then shared it with my kiddos:
"There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and, after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind acheives the second." - Logan Pearsall Smith
We decided that we would make the choice to truly enjoy our vacation - and set off for a week of fun.
We had the best time ever because we made an effort to focus on the simple pleasures like:
watching the sunrise over the ocean from our hotel balcony,
taking bubble baths in a tub that mama didn't have to clean afterwards,
wishing on twinkly stars while staying up way past our bedtime,
giving and receiving huge bear hugs,
being tickled and getting ticked,
jumping in the cold, salty ocean, and squealing with delight,
digging for sandcrabs (and collecting and counting and playing with said sandcrabs),
falling asleep each night to the sound of waves crashing (except for the night that the lacrosse team staying on the floor below threw a wild party!)
saying bedtime prayers all together,
playing 'this little piggy' on the toes of my too-quickly-growing kiddos,
sharing a bed with my girly who is always super warm and gives the best good-night hugs,
enjoying yummy breakfasts we didn't have to prepare while reading the newspaper,
feeling the warm sand seep between our toes,
Saying "I love you" and hearing "I love you" over and over again.
We returned home feeling very 'wise' indeed.
Enjoy your weekend friends!