Thursday, August 27, 2015

2015 Vacation: Laguna Beach

We recently returned from a short, but much needed family vacation. Vacations never seem to be long enough, do they?

In true Moore fashion, we waited until the last minute to book our vacation rental (more on that in a future post). You know you need a vacation when you book (the night before your trip) for the WRONG WEEK. 

Thankfully the rental people were accommodating and refunded us all of our money AND we found a new rental location in Laguna Beach outside of Panama City Beach.

Anyways, we started our trip off on the wrong foot. Besides the mishap with booking the wrong dates, we were all tired, I had a migraine and Jack was exhibiting some threenager tendencies. 

To top it off, what should normally be a six-hour drive took us TEN hours. To be fair we did make a quick stop at IKEA in Atlanta, but the extra hours in the car took their toll on all of us.

Upon arriving at our rental we unloaded our stuff and went straight to bed. 

The next morning Jack was up early so Daniel took him on a quick grocery run so that we could have breakfast at our condo.

Our days were filled with lots of digging on our stretch of beach, swimming in the Gulf, and a mid-day break each day to tour the breakfast places in the area (more on that in a future post).

This is probably the most low-key vacation we have ever taken. We are the people that like to do things on vacation (ok, maybe that is more me than Daniel), but this trip was all about doing nothing but going to the beach. And it was good.

It was more than good, it was needed.

We had three entire days on the beach and we soaked up the time of basically doing nothing. 

In the past our typical vacations have been filled with hiking, biking, and paddling, and we end up feeling like we need a vacation from our vacation. 

With kids, that just isn't possible. By the end of our trip everyone was more relaxed, less on edge, and functioning like a team again. 

We could have easily stayed an entire week but are so grateful for the time that we were able to sneak away. 

We didn't bike, hike, or take a tour to see dolphins. But we did rest, relax, take night walks on the beach and enjoy good food (that I didn't have to cook).

I have a feeling we will return to the busy, action-filled vacations in the coming years, but for now, it was nice to just rest and spend time with our boys.


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