Everybody talks about how it's never fun to come home from a vacation, and I've thought that myself on many occasions, but this one was a new feeling in that I observed this thought with Lincoln. He cried at bedtime during our second-to-last night knowing that the next day would be the last of vacation, and he had a hard time last evening knowing that it was through. Watching a slide-show of the photos helped all three kids a lot with unwinding and getting some closure.
This wasn't a particularly restful vacation for me and Jenn, but I'm quite certain that rest was never the original intent. Memory-making and family-time were the priorities, and those goals were more than achieved.
Jenn and I shared this with the family at our Friday dinner (of the same Goat Cheese Macaroni & Cheese from Lincoln's Birthday Party), but I'll share it here because it's worth being public:
- We thanked Grandma & Auntie Em for coordinating the crafts that occupied and entertained the kids between beach/pool/shower/meal times. The crafts were beach-themed, age-appropriate, and some were just messy enough to require that shirts be removed... and this kept all of the kids interested and excited.
- We thanked Grace and Cole, in particular, for playing so well with our three kids. At every turn, they were friendly and polite with the kids, and they were willing to help out with crafts, food, toys and stories. It's a big help to an Aunt & Uncle knowing that their niece and nephew play well with the cousins.