We just got back from a 2 week vacation and I could not feel more amazing. It was the first family vacation that the boy was old enough to really process what was happening. It was so fun for us to see him enjoying his time as a family and all of the activities that went with it. During the first part of our 2 week adventure we went to Disneyland with some good friends of ours who have a son close to the boy's age and an amazing 8 year old daughter. It was crowded but we had such an awesome time running around from ride to ride and pushing our way through the people who totally invaded on our Disney time...how rude and how dare they! We decided to skip the "parade" because we found out that it was some dumb "celebration time" thing with a guy that stood on top of some float and sang a million songs while some of the Disney characters danced around on the ground below. That is not a parade and I'm pretty sure that Walt Disney would not be amused. Remember the electrical light parade? Twirling lights and techno music is always a fantastic spectacle to see!
After our Disneyland adventure we headed up to North to visit some friends of ours whose son was turning 2. The 3 boys love each other and we miss our friends who moved away from us deeply so it was great to spend time with them.
Next it was on to San Diego for some beach and relaxation time. It felt so good to be in weather that doesn't make you feel completely sucked dry of all moisture. My skin felt amazing and my nose wasn't constantly dry and full of crusty boogers...I know it's gross but it's true. Dry Las Vegas weather wreaks havoc on my skin and nose! Thank you desert dryness!
The boy was hilarious at the beach. He loves the sand but not so much the ocean yet. This is something that will be remedied because gosh darn it...no son of mine will be afraid of the ocean! :) By the end of the week he was much more daring and willing to go in the water. Thank goodness! The boy was fascinated with all the people skateboarding down the boardwalk and eventually started "skateboarding" himself. He would turn sideways and sort of scoot on his feet and then he would jump and fall down on the ground...this was his "trick" and he was always very proud of himself when the trick was over and he was back on his feet skateboarding down the boardwalk. He would look back at me with a huge smile and say "see mommy...skateboarding." I mean...it doesn't get any better than that.
My Grampy and Nana live in San Diego too and it was so great to spend time with them. The boy doesn't really get to see them that much but he remembered them and connected like he gets to see them everyday. My Grampy has always had a knack for finding money behind kids ears. It still amazes me to this day :). Needless to say, he kept finding quarters in the boys ears. It's amazing how exciting a few quarters are! Now he rubs his ears and says "money? ears?" Thanks Grampy! :)
We had so much fun and did so much that I was pretty confident that coming back to normal life would seem like such a bore to him! Seriously, everyday we did something new and fun...how do you return to normal life after that? Can't we all just be on vacation all the time? Then that would be the normal and we would all want to be working...? So many unanswered questions. Regrdless, we had a blast and are now back in the swing of normal life...work, church, school. Blah! One thing I do know is that this vacation was needed in the worst way. Nothing can replace quality family time and we are working on reblancing our hectic lives to have more of that amazing family time that so easily gets pushed aside in the busyness of life.
While we were on vacation the boy kept saying "mommy, vacation fun!" I couldn't agree more :)