The grand finale of our Summer Break was spending a week at Virginia Beach! It was so nice to escape reality for a bit and enjoy a more relaxed schedule. We got home over the weekend and it was definitely a harsh reality check. Take me back!!!
Why is it ALWAYS so hard to return home after vacation? The return to reality can be so depressing at first!
The past few weeks were a whirlwind. I felt like I barely had time to breathe and I sacrificed sleep repeatedly to get everything done. I had big plans to fill my blog with posts before I left and spend a few relaxing hours on vacation reading my favorite blogs but life got way too busy. I apologize for my absence but I was so overworked that I just needed to take a break from everything, including blogging. I have a date with my computer to schedule posts and catch up with my favorite blogs later this afternoon!
I literally worked from late July until my husband woke up at 4 AM last Friday morning for our trip. There was no downtime at any point. I was packing until the last minute and stayed up all night just to get things done. Our schedule was so chaotic in August that there was simply no other time left to prepare. Miraculously we managed to get on the road by 5 AM that day! Our SUV was bursting with luggage (literally) and overflowing with excitement!
Did I mention that nothing ever works out as planned? It's true! The morning before we left I woke up with a killer sore throat and a stuffy nose. By the time we left for vacation I had a fever as well. I absolutely love spending a week at the beach and I savor every moment but I ended up sick the entire time we were there. Talk about poor timing. I hardly ever get sick and it hits me during the one week each year that we go on vacation. The ocean air did help a bit and my fever broke on day three but I did spend the week congested and coughing. That was definitely a bummer but being sick at the beach is far better than being sick at home!
It's going to take me about a week to sort through my 2000+ pictures and put together a REAL vacation blog post. Despite being sick and despite the bickering by day 5 we had a great time and made some awesome memories! The beach is my favorite place and it was so hard to leave!
Unfortunately we had to return to reality. After a VERY long drive home (Washington DC rush hour traffic is ridiculous) I spent my entire weekend unpacking, running errands to prepare for the upcoming school year and working my way through 15 loads of laundry. A week's worth of beach laundry for a family of six is NO joke!
I'm usually so positive but I'm in a post-vacation slump right now. We have some significant changes ahead of us this week and I'm not quite ready for most of them! My husband is returning to work today, my three older kids are starting school on Wednesday and I have to take Liam to a preschool orientation on Thursday. Our new schedule is so overwhelming that I keep shutting my planner every time I sit down to schedule out next month!
Next Tuesday I will have 4 kids in school and I don't really want to face that new reality. There are a lot of drastic changes coming our way. Some changes are very good and some will just require us to adjust to a new normal. I'll be sharing many of those changes over the next two weeks along with our vacation recap. Stay tuned!
As for now I just want to return to the beach. Life is so much better there!
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