We needed to sneak away and make life for a weekend just about us as a family. Hide away and spend time alone with one another for company or by ourself. This year to much change had caught up with our family and there have been many hard bumps along the way. We needed some sand between our toes.
“Solitude is life’s necessary sugar that a person’s soul will use to turn lemons into lemonade.”
We weren’t exactly sure what to expect when pulling into the little beach cottage we had rented on an unassuming back street in the small town if Seaside, Oregon. However just to have that feel of home and anything larger than our 875 sq foot apartment would be heavenly so beggers can’t be choosers. It turned out to be just perfect. Full of cheesy coastal charm and character, cozy floor plan and just steps away from the beach and all it’s glorious wild life.
We stole tiny moments captured where there was nothing better to do then wander around serene landscapes, play board games, read our Bibles and books, or the much craved (well at least by us adults) napping spells; those are moments to live for. Moments to remember. The weather was cool but the rain held off which ment fun adventures to the beach and when the wind came off the waves we got to surprise the kiddos with a trip to town for lunch and the local arcade or they’re favorite, a secret stashs of sand dough to keep that beach feeling rollin.
Homemade “everyone help” pizza and movie night, Haystack rock, Fort Stevens, hidden beaches from Mommy’s past and way to much saltwater taffy. The boys played hard and we let go harder. There’s that saying “The days are long but the years are short.” And as parents we are starting to take note. This tribe is looking forward to the time where our home is our vacation spot to get away from the weeks busy ordinary grind. It is looking like we are at least a year out from that. But trips like these are always a good reminder to prioritize what is necessary in everyday habits and appreciate the simple joy in small moments with the ones we love.