4.08.2013

Some Scenes From Our Beach Adventures





















We are back...regrouping, reassimilating, and trying to keep that easy vacation vibe going now that we're back to our real-life responsibilities.

It was a pretty glorious eight days for a slew of obvious reasons: sun, sand, surf, ice cream, nature walks, bike rides, picnics, dance parties, farmers markets. But what made the trip truly awesome was that for the first time in the nine years that we've gone on this vacation both girlies fully got it. They understood how special all that aforementioned sun, sand, surf, ice cream, et al really was. And they told us. A lot.

Take, for example, day two of the trip, when Millie and I were partaking in some lazing on the grass/people watching/fresh juice sipping. She reached over, cupped my face in her hands, and said, "This is the best day in my life...ever."

You can't put a price on that action friends. It is just good stuff.

However (there's always a however, isn't there?), there were a few, well...not so awesome moments. It wasn't all sunshine and juice. In between the getting it the girls bickered, a lot...oh and I got, wait for it...Shingles (!), on the very first day. And said Shingles lasted the entire vacation (still have 'em in fact), and they hurt, like the dickens.

And, yet, somehow I kept on trucking. There was no way, after all the planning and anticipating and driving, that I was going to let some angry rash and nerve pain ruin my vacation. No siree. In all seriousness, I took meds, practiced my breathing exercises, and said all manner of prayers and chants to the powers that be that the damn stuff wouldn't spread to my face. Then I threw a t-shirt over my bathing suit, poured myself a drink, and proceeded to have the best. week. ever. (Give or take.)

12 comments:

That Girl in Pearls said...

Oh no! Hope you feel better. Glad you made the best of your getaway anyway.

B.
That Girl in Pearls

dacy said...

I've only commented once before, but I've been reading your blog for a long time, and - I'm happy you're back, missed your posts last week! Impressed that you didn't let getting sick get you down...

katie//salt+pine said...

Oh, man. Shingles?! Argh. I've heard about how painful it is so I am amazed with your fortitude. Happy that you all still had a wonderful getaway and I hope you are feeling better!

D2 said...

Love reading your blog and so glad that you didn't let shingles ruin your vacation. I had shingles when I was 16 and lost an entire 3 month of school! You just reminded me to speak to my Doctor about the vaccination. I've heard that one has to be 60 but hell if I 'm going to wait till then! Keeping fingers crossed that you are over it now :)

sharon magner said...

Sucks about the shingles! But my god, your pictures make me want to run away to the beach right now...

April Sharman said...

Sorry to hear about your shingles! You still managed to capture some lovely photographs of your trip.

Sarge in Charge said...
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Sarge in Charge said...

Poor lady. I am amazed that you managed to soldier through despite the physical discomfort. It's little consolation at the moment, but I am sure your shingles will eventually become a hilarious piece of family lore (rather than the thing that ruined your week at the beach).

(edited for incoherence!)

Amy said...

Personal question- do you rent the same house every year? Any Seaside recommendations? Thanks, loooove your blog.

Joslyn said...

Hi Amy
We've rented a few different houses over the years as the kids have gotten older, but we've pretty much stuck with the same 3-4. As for recommendations...bring a bike (or rent one) hit Sundog books as many times as possible, and go to the beach every day ;-)

It is a completely magical (and really easy) place...you can't go wrong no matter what you do.

However, I would recommend avoiding spring break and high summer if possible, as it gets pretty nutty. It's way cooler when it's less crowded!

Amy said...
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Amy said...

Thank you for taking time to answer my question & make some reqs. Hope your transition to non vacation lfe is going well.