We’re going on a road trip!
Heading to one of my favourite places.
We are heading south – stopping for a few days in Williamsburg, Va, and then continuing on to the Outer Banks, NC
We fell in love with the Outer Banks when we first went a couple of years ago. We decided that it was a place we wanted to return to many times. It was just a right fit for our family. In fact, I wrote back here how we made a pact that for our 20th Anniversary that we would return to the Outer Banks. Here’s a little snippet of that funny conversation we had back then:
So, after spending the week and loving it, I suggested we all promise to come back out to the Outer Banks to celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversary (in 17 years). Of course we all agreed we’d like to come back before then – but wanted us all to make a promise for the future too. A promise seals the deal. We all started imagining what we would be doing in 17 years – where the kids would be, what they would have accomplished, would they be married? Families? As we were talking and laughing making up stories about who they would become, Sam started a side conversation with Rob:
Sam – “Dad, you are going to have to give me your phone number, email, and street address so I can have them then.”
Rob – “Don’t worry Sam, I’m sure you’ll have it.”
We couldn’t really hear what Sam had said, so we asked Rob to repeat it – which he did. We all burst out laughing because it was so cute.
Sam seemed a little unsure about why we were laughing so hard –but he turned to Rob and held out his little pinky and said “Pinky swear Dad you’ll give me your numbers and address.”
Rob did a pinky swear with him, and we laughed even harder.
Sam – “I don’t care – Dad did a pinky swear” – as if to say we were all laughing because we thought Rob was lying to him!
I love this story because A) it is so darn cute and B) I love how in Sam’s mind, his Dad made a promise to him and he knew his Dad would not let him down and would always uphold his promises.
That was a couple of years ago and slowly the Outer Banks is becoming our tradition.
To me, there is nothing better than spending time with my kids on a beach, enjoying fresh seafood, star gazing, body surfing, playing games, eating scrumptious desserts, watching the gorgeous sunrise, long walks on the beach, lounging at sunset, and talking until late into the night. We do a lot of travelling together (with our last trip being to Fiji, New Zealand and Australia), and as exotic and exciting as those trips are, sometimes you just need the simple beach trip.
My goals for this trip are to really just relax and enjoy my favourite people. I will say “unplug” too, but for me, that means unplug from work: no emails, no report writing, no thinking therapy stuff. I won’t unplug from my trusty computer as I get great joy capturing our memories and documenting our travels, so my computer stays close by. But, my kids have my full attention, my mind gets fed with good books, my body gets recharged with sleep, my soul rejuvenated with amazing conversations and loads of laughter with my family, and late night dreaming and pillow talk with my husband.
Bear with me these next couple of weeks, as I said, I like to document out travels, so I can go a bit overboard on the photos:)