I apologize for the abundance of vacation-related posts. We’ve been traveling almost two weeks now, so it’s sort of hard to avoid. Traveling with toddlers is always an exercise of planning, flexibility, and adjusted expectations. Before we came on this trip I was really overwhelmed by the idea of being gone for two weeks. We have a lot going on at home, and the timing was less than ideal. I also knew it was going to be hard to have Cullen out of his routine and schedule for two entire weeks.
But as expected, we have both surprised ourselves. I have been flexible and have thrown schedules and rules out the window. Cullen has adapted to everything thrown at him, and he’s thrived around so many new things and new people to meet. I didn’t realize until we got here how badly I needed a break of my own. Last week we were with Casey’s family, and Cullen was able to spend a lot of time with his Mimi while I caught up on work and got some time to myself.
This week, we’re with my family at the beach, and there are many hands around to help entertain and build sandcastles. I’ve been waking up early and taking long beach walks with Casey and my sisters, while Cullen has played with Grandma at the condo. It has been so refreshing, and exactly what I needed.
We have a really crazy month coming up at home, and with a few extra walks and some salty air in my lungs, I feel refreshed and renewed - ready to tackle what’s ahead. As a parent, it’s easy to make yourself the last priority and take care of all the other needs first. But being here was a nice reminder that a little time out for myself can make a world of difference. The weather is warming up back home, and I think a few extra morning walks will help get us through this crazy upcoming summer!