Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Vacation Love

This past week I took the kids and met up with my friend, her son, my sister, and her son for a week-long camping trip.  I'll sum up the trip like this: it was perfect.

This one earned the nickname "Pigpen" . He really enjoys dirt.

I had assumed that the trip would be for the kids, with me just along for the ride, but I was wrong.  I haven't felt that relaxed in such a long time.  Life moved very slowly.  I was able to just stop, breathe, and enjoy.

They were all having fun here. Really.

We squeezed all of the pleasures of summer into one joyous week.  There were trips to the beach, tie-dying t-shirts, dances, boat rides, a talent show, a hay ride, a slip-and-slide, bonfires, quiet coffee-drinking mornings, trips to the pool, bike rides, a fish fry, ice cream cones, sparklers, s'mores, a chess tournament, a rainy day trip to the movies, and a bunch of hot air balloons taking off right next to our campsite.

I wish I could bottle the feelings of being on vacation.  I wish I could open the bottle any time I was feeling sad or stressed and let that extreme relaxation wash over me.  

I feel renewed.  This trip did wonders for my healing and I am already looking ahead.  We have unanimously decided that this trip will be a yearly event.

So tell me, do you have vacation plans this summer?  Where are you going?  I'd love to hear about it.


  1. your blog is beautiful , I have laughed and cried and called my sister , I won't pretend to know how hard this is for you , but to be able to write and remember things the way you do , shows your love of not only your family , but your love of life , can't wait to read more <3 Nicole Rothery Beekman

    1. Thank you so much for the sweet message, Nicole. I smiled when I read your comment, especially the "called my sister" part. :)

  2. Wishing you lots and lots of vacation after-glow!

    1. Thanks, Candie. We were sorry to miss you guys on Saturday, but we were just exhausted. I hope to see you next month. I have something for your kiddos.

  3. If you figure out how to bottle vacation bliss I would like a whiff from time to time! ; ). So glad you chose to do this camping trip. You make your life so positive and meaningful for yourself, your family, and your friends! Give yourself some credit for this one. I am also thanking GOD for blessing your efforts.

  4. Fantastic. It sounds magical, Andi. It is so good to step out of everyday life into something different where your brain can rest.

    This is my 3rd attempt at typing a response (for some reason, they keep vanishing). So, I'll tell you more about my vacation plans when I see you in a couple weeks in Michigan.

    Love you