"When anxiety was great within me your consolation brought joy to my soul." Psalm 94:19
That was the the verse that helped me make it through our first family of four vacation.
We went to Coco Beach Florida! The trip started off a little stressful as we pulled into Hobby Airport and dragged six bags, two of which were car seats, two carry-ons, two kids, and a ginormous double jogging stroller around until we finally made it to the desk to check our bags. As the plane took off Cameron fell asleep and Caroline was into everything. I seriously think God looked down on us and just laughed the entire trip. We were pretty entertaining.
Corey, Cameron, and I like order, (I'm a huge germaphobe) and then there is the sweetest and newest member of our family, Caroline. She is messy and all over the place. I know she is only one year old but if you knew my son then you would understand why her style and personality is a shock to us. She thoroughly enjoyed herself at the beach and spent her time eating the sand and digging in the sand; within ten minutes I couldn't even see her skin! It was everywhere! I couldn't believe it. We all learned something from her at that moment. She taught us to just enjoy ourselves and not stress out if things weren't clean or in the "right" order. We spent the day at the Beach and every time I felt stressed I looked at my sweet baby Caroline and laughed. I could literally feel my shoulders relax. Cameron was even digging in the sand and enjoyed the ocean. This is huge for him because he won't even play at the park if there is sand in the play area.
Disney was amazing. It really does make you become a huge kid again. I sang all the songs and even was amazed when I saw Mickey and Minnnie. Cameron rode his first roller coaster with me and we screamed the entire way!
This was truly an awesome vacation. We saw the Atlantis space shuttle land for the last time and saw the Rocket launch the next day. Cameron was so cute when he said he was special because not that many people get to see both a shuttle land and a rocket take off. Out of the mouth of babes huh!
We did okay on food. We brought shakes and had plenty of veggies, fruit, almonds, and cheese sticks to snack on throughout the week. I have to say we didn't cheat too bad. This just goes to show that when you go on vacation you don't have to eat horrible and come home with a bunch of extra pounds to lose.
The hardest thing was letting work not be in the forefront of my mind. I had numerous emails and phone messages to return. This being my "off week" from boot camp usually means it is my busiest time of the month. Registrations are pouring in and phone calls with questions about camp flood my inbox. It's not like I have an assistant to help out and if I miss calls then that means that some women may not sign up at all. I just kept repeating my bible verse and trusted God would take care of everything. There will always be questions and I will most likely have answers but the smiles on my children's faces when we walked on the beach or into Disneyworld was priceless. Thank you God for allowing me to calm down, take a deep breath, and enjoy our vacation!