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A Weekend Away for Balance
Inspiration comes from all kinds of places. How do we, as parents, get inspired? Well, it happens to coincide when Meghan and I are able to take a few days and indulge in space where we don’t have to worry about the kids when they’re sick, or a recent spell of bickering. Let’s say we were able to get away for a trip to the beach, and it was everything.
As a parent, it’s hard to describe to the conflicting feelings that come along with the best things that’s ever happened to us. We love and adore our kids. We are extremely lucky to have kids who are exceedingly kind and behave so well. There are times when, because they’re kids, they bicker, make random screeches, or go through coughing spells that make us think they’re going to cough up a lung. Needless to say, it sometimes feels like the weight of the world is on our shoulders, because we want everything to go right and perfect and “Would you two stop fighting!”
Winter Beach Trip
So, we took a beach trip during the winter and it was glorious! There’s a certain luxury of having your kids with the grandparents, knowing they’re having an amazing time. That ease of mind that comes with knowing they’re okay without you. It eases the burden of feeling worried all of the time, as all parents understand. Also, this trip was a surprise for Meghan. Yes, she knew we were going away, but she didn’t know that I booked the trip months ago and the location and activities were a secret. Well, I almost made it the entire time without spilling any beans. Special tip: when trying to keep the location a secret, don’t talk about the trip! I made it until a day and a half and blew the state we were travelling to. [*smacks head*] So, close.
We arrived to our destination: Rehoboth Beach. On the plus side, we arrived early to our destination, Hotel Rehoboth, and they gave us our parking pass. This was an important factor so we could Uber to Nassau Valley Vineyards and take a self-guided tour and tasting. The tour is brief, but it goes over the history of wine with tools used during the ages. Also, it was all inside, which was fortunate since it started to rain. Next, onto the wine tasting. It was such a fun experience. Meghan and I arrived when they opened, so we had the space to ourselves. The host was fun to talk with, while he and Meghan shared stories about their previous travels. We enjoyed six samples a piece and we took our wine glass home with us! We’d absolutely go back just for the tasting – good wine!
Loving a Weekend Away
We enjoyed some wine and then took a ride for some lunch. Fortunately, our room was ready before we even arrived to lunch. Meghan and I checked in after lunch and that’s essentially all she wrote. We went to our room, sat on the bed, turned on the TV, and we relaxed. It was perfect. After a little bit of time, we pulled out Forbidden Island, a really fun cooperative game. If you’re looking for a challenging game for two to four players, it has great replay value. Afterwards, we were all set for wine, cheese, and crackers, which was offered through our hotel. If that’s not a major plus, I don’t know what is.
The point of this story is to share the importance of getting away. Even with the cold beach breeze, Meghan and I enjoyed walking on the boardwalk. There were so many cute stores, and although many were closed, the experience was all we needed. Our trip let us decompress and focus on each other. We made each other laugh, enjoyed good food, and we stayed in a place where we didn’t have any worries. So, we’re ready for another trip. By our estimate, it’ll happen in another year. Hey, that’s what happens in a parent’s world. Time flies and by the time we blink, it’s been six months since a date night. We need to be better about finding time. In the end, it helps us be better parents when we have a chance to focus on each other.
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Meghan and I ventured to Rehoboth Beach for a few days away, while the kids enjoyed some quality grandparent time. As I researched locations six months ago, to surprise Meghan with an early birthday present, Hotel Rehoboth fell into my radar.
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