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Weekend away - it was surreal

May 25th, 2020 at 10:21 pm

We went away Friday to Sunday. Not far, just the coast about 3 hours from us. What a difference it makes. No one there was wearing a mask. People were going into stores without masks. They were not social distancing. They were going to eat in restaurants at 50% capacity.

We stayed in an empty cottage that hadn't been used since March 23rd. I'm not sure when we are going away again since we now prefer to not stay at a hotel. But then I'm not sure we are comfortable with VRBO or Airbnb when you can't be sure how much time between clients or if they really clean it. I mean that's a plus for a hotel is that you are more likely to have rules for cleaning.

We cooked and ate in the cottage but we had a fabulous time. We went and spent all day saturday and Friday afternoon and sunday morning at the beach. We flew kites, ate snacks, social distanced from all the rest of the people and the kids got super dirty and we played in the sand. We just relaxed. Everything I wanted for my birthday. I told DH I wanted a mental break. No homework, just fun playtime for all of us. He didn't bring work, I didn't bring work, kid's didn't do homework.

We just did nothing but fun all weekend. We slept in, and just played at the beach. Sounds crazy but I love the sand and the beach. In my heart it makes me mentally happy and I love seeing the water. Me and the kids run looking at horseshell crab shells. We just walked and let the dog play fetch. It's totally something we do in hawaii. Sit all day and play and get dirty then at 4 pm go home shower, eat dinner, watch tv, play games.

I guess this is why I miss hawaii. I miss these sort of days. My kids are very much beach/sand kids. No matter where we've lived in the summers we always go to the lake or beach and spend all day playing in the sand. I shake them off since the time they were 6 months old, with my pop up tent and we even snooze in the shade of my umbrella or tent. My DH isn't super thrilled and he doesn't quite find the same pleasure but to me I am happiest just sitting and reading or relaxing. Mental unwinding. My kids like to just dig and find tons of ways to expend energy and when it's hot they snooze as well.

Next up...thinking about our life... I'll post about it later.

4 Responses to “Weekend away - it was surreal”

  1. ceejay74 Says:
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    This is a timely post...my oldest (10) and I were going to go on our first just-the-two-of-us trip this summer...to D.C. over Fourth of July weekend, which I think would be a bad idea, so I'll likely cancel the flight and get credit toward a future trip.

    I was thinking maybe a VRBO a short drive away, just so we could have some good mom-daughter bonding time even if we couldn't go anywhere. It does sound heavenly the way you describe it! I hope VRBO owners are leaving a long time between bookings and being careful...and of course we could wipe down surfaces when we got there. Hmm...

  2. Lots of Ideas Says:
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    Ceejay - one thing you could do for safety is book a few days longer than your actual stay so that you are sure it was emptybefore you arrived. It would add to the expense but perhaps the peace of mind is worth it to you.

  3. LivingAlmostLarge Says:
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    Yeah I'm not sure I could go into a house knowing there were a ton of people staying there and checking out at 11 am and then I'm in by 4 pm? I mean really how clean are they going to be? Not to mention if it's an open county then people are going around eating, not wearing masks, etc. I prefer to know if they at least keep 24 hours between guests. They extra days is a good idea.

    But for right now I'm not sure what we are doing for the forseeable future.

  4. mumof2 Says:
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    we love the beach as well it is so calming and great "get back to nature" I miss the beach (its almost winter and cold and wet) but come summer that will be us...glad you had a grrat weekend

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