On the heels of BlogHer '09 in Chicago, I returned home for one day to unpack my swag and repack for a trip to Cape Cod with my three kids. My best friend just moved to Sandwich, Massachusetts on the Cape, after her husband (who is a Boston native and has had this summer house on the Cape for about 10 years) was transferred to Boston for his work. My twin sister, Robin, her husband and their kids also joined us there.
I never thought I would be one of those moms who takes her kids on vacation without her husband...but there I was. We hoped that Jeff would be able to join us at some point, but his work made it impossible. That, and ticket prices were just too high to justify coming for just a weekend.
It was...lovely. Yes, I missed Jeff (we all did - the kids, our friends, my sister, my brother-in-law), but it worked out fine. And we all got some time off. I got time off from my work (mostly) - I took a long, long break (thanks to all of you who let me do this!), I got very accustomed to going to bed early, not getting on my computer at night after the kids got to bed, to just being idle. My sister and I spent a lot of time just listening to music, reading, writing, talking about life, the universe and everything. I have not taken a break like that in a long time. I did post photos to Facebook quite often to keep Jeff and my parents up on what we were doing and we had webcam conversations with Jeff, but apart from that, I was pretty turned off.
I will be trying to work in some limits to my every day life as a result of this trip. It is something I have been working on for the past year, but this long three weeks on the Cape really did me good and showed me that it is possible to just turn it all off for a bit, stick my feet in the sand and live in the present.
Some highlights from our trip are coming soon....