photo by Allison V. Smith via Small Magazine
After looking at Allison V. Smith's family photos from Maine in the latest Small Magazine, I'm dreaming of a family getaway... something mellow and totally unplugged and (this is the biggie) involving just the four of us.
I love to travel with other families, I do. It’s nice to be a part of village-style parenting in terms of taking care of the kiddos. It's nice to have other adults to share conversation (and a glass of wine) with at the end of the day. It's nice for the girlies to have other kiddos to play with. It's just a nice deal all around. But I’m seriously craving some core family time. It's just something we don't do enough of lately (and we're desperately in need of).
When we sort of retreat into our little family cocoon for a few days, I always emerge feeling refreshed and somehow more...sane. All the obligations and worries that seem so essential and important tend to melt away as we re-group as a family. Plus (and this is a major bonus) the girlies are easier and more chilled-out (likely because they haven't been competing with a multitude of distractions for our full attention).
For all this to happen though we have to actually get away (it can't just be family time during a "staycation"), and it has to be easy, otherwise the stress of the all the logistics and planning eclipse our "relaxation potential"... We were brainstorming a bit last weekend about how to make this happen, and I came across photos from our family trip to Marfa a couple of years ago. It was seriously magical and easy, so now we've got our sights set on on going back for a few days in late August...one last hurrah before the new school year starts.
I'm thinking that exploring the sleepy town, visiting Chinati, gorging on pizza at The Pizza Foundation, swimming in the springs at Balmorhea State Park and stargazing at McDonald Observatory is a perfect way to reignite our family mojo a bit...
Do you guys have a favorite family re-charge tactic?