Our daughter loved the warm Cayman Island waters and special one-on-one time with her parents.
Two days before we left for our two-week vacation to the Cayman Islands I was wishing we bought cancellation insurance. Our kids were scrapping, I was burnt out and the thought of spending two weeks on a tiny island with my husband and children DID NOT sound like fun. The condo we rented was self serve — so we did all of our own cooking, laundry and housekeeping. Really — was this different than my day-to-day life, except with more sun? To make matters worse, we’d have to take our kids to restaurants (and unlike Lisa’s girls, our children don’t always behave when dining out). When I told Mr. P that I didn’t want to go I got the most unbelievable dirty look ever.
After nearly two weeks of Caribbean sun, I’ve done the impossible: I’ve relaxed while on vacation.
A bit of background: I’m not a person that sits still or relaxes easily. I need to be on the move constantly (I can see this in our children!). When we have vacationed as a family before, I have been either pregnant, chasing a toddler or visiting family (sometimes all of them at the same time). I think there were several things that helped me relax on this trip:
That last one is I think the key to why I had such a great trip. I take my job as a SAHM far too seriously and am proud to have a reasonably clean house and healthy home cooked meals. Far too often that comes at the expense of playtime with our children. (“Wait a minute” is said a lot!)
What is the takeaway from this post? For the last two weeks I did little cleaning and more playing — and our whole family was better for it. While I can’t promise that letting the dishes sit for more than a day will ever happen again, it did make me realize how much more fun playtime is than laundry time.
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