...Before I start I want to say that I hope this post finds all of you safe and sound in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene!
This post finds me on holiday with my entire family in San Diego..
Our trip started out less than smoothly with Brooke, our toddler, throwing up en route and there was a tumbleweed incident (not to mention that my husband loses all his English reserve when he is behind the wheel and there is nothing like starting a vacation with that "we are all going to die in a car crash" feeling.) So lesson number one for me was: don't sweat the small stuff. In the end, Brooke felt better and we arrived save and sound to our accomodations in San Diego.
While most of our vacations are sight seeing whirwinds (click here to read about our vacation to London during Royal Wedding week), this one is blissfully.....lazy.
Blissfully leisure...On purpose. Which was lesson number two: our families need downtime. Blissful, unscheduled, unplugged, beautiful downtime.
Mr. Darcy took our oldest daughter last night to the Taylor Swift concert. While they were there, the other kids and I hung out, watched movies, ate fun snacks, and played board games. A good time was had by all. There is joy in simplicity! Lesson number three: My kids need my time. My uninterupted, no cell phone, computer off, time.
The rest of the week will be full of some fun family locations; we are excited to visit the San Diego Zoo and Aquarium. But mostly, we are excited to be enjoying the beautiful San Diego weather.
One of the things I am reminded of in the few days we have been here is how easy it is to live with less. Our time share is fully equipted, but with just the essentials. There are clear contertops and lots of bare spaces. It is beautiful. A great reminder that we don't need so much stuff in our lives...in my life. And I am feeling anxious to continue my minimalism journey when we get home. I need to continue to go through my craft supplies and books, toys and clothes, and make my home the organized place I know it has the potential to be. Lesson number four: I can live simply.
This is our last leisure week before our new homeschool year starts next week. I am glad this week is full of leisure, lazy family days. Having a few days to rest, renew and recharge was just what the Dr. ordered.
Of course, I had to bring all my schoolbooks, which bring me to lesson number five: anything worth doing is worth doing well.
I hope this finds you having a blessed week. As I approach one hundred followers at Brighton Park I wanted to say thank you to those of you who have been reading and commenting, and encouraging. What a lovely community of women there are online. and I'm wondering, what kind of driver is your husband? wink ;-) Funny how Mr. Darcy turns into Mr. Andretti on the open road...