"Wonder takes our breath away, and makes room for new breath. That's why they call it breathtaking." - Anne Lamott | Help, Thanks, Wow.
As I drove from Vancouver to Squamish, British Columbia, I found myself saying "Wow!" over & over again. I thought immediately of Anne Lamott's book: Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers. (edited to add: I hadn't remembered that this book showed up in my last blog post, also. Sometimes, the universe whispers, other times...it shouts.) BC is almost indescribably beautiful , and I certainly offered up gratitude & awe along my journey.
I had the privilege of attending Parents Weekend at Quest University a little over a week ago - the first time that I had seen Austin since he left for university at the end of August. The campus is amazing, the tutors (professors) are inspiring, and the vibe of the school is just awesome. I firmly believe that Quest kids are going to do great things.
One thing (of many) that Dan & I totally agree on is that we will make travel & adventure priorities in our life. Last week, we headed down to Florida to visit Dan's Mom...with Dan's little ones in tow. Travel with littles is an adventure, for sure...
Our morning departure flight was cancelled, so we spent our first vacation day as a staycation day. Let's be honest - the change was an unexpected wrinkle in our carefully laid plans and was nearly our un-doing. Despite a rocky start, we donned our shades & headed to the airport for an after-dinner flight.
These two were rockstars during and after the flights - even when we arrived in Florida at 1 o'clock in the morning. Side note: $0.60 gel clings for the airplane windows were a solid hit, and Melissa & Doug's Water WOW! sets are brilliant.
Golf cart adventures & a morning at the pool = fun.
The ocean is definitely my happy place. Listening to the belly laughs in the waves was definitely my favorite. Hearing W shout "a big one!" with sheer joy was worth every moment of two-year-old-ness.
Our adventure included a very long, very hot day at LegoLand. M was my constant roller coaster companion & wanted to ride everything at least twice. Dan was happy to NOT ride the coasters...
Miniland USA got a solid thumbs up from W. The lego scenes were amazing!
We also danced, ate great food, tolerated tempers, survived the heat, enjoyed a few (many) gin & tonics, navigated roles & routines, and laughed a lot. Like most vacations, our days flew by and the trip ended too soon. Here's to kindness, laughter, adventure, gratitude, travel, and #summer15!
It seems that after 20 years in New England, I've become conditioned to think of December as cold & snowy...so I'm a bit disoriented (happily so) to be in Florida during the holiday season. It has been the perfect way to hit pause on busy-ness and chaos. Great company, delicious food, sunshine, and laughter...that's what comfort & joy look like right now.