We ALL need to work. It is a NEEDED part of our lives so that we produce income to support ourselves and our families. Mothers tend the children and the home and most times have to work as well to support their growing families.
There comes a time when we need to rest, regroup and come back revived, rejuvenated and ready to pound pavement. I’m sorry to say that it took me MANY years to realize that a vacation was in order. I ‘thought’ that my clients, the office and my family could not do without me during a vacation time.
THAT’S what I get for that kind of thinking. I was burnt and I was unsettled. I needed the time to be with my grandson and my husband. I needed to get away and just enjoy myself ….ME TIME.
It took my grandson to get me off this island and take a break. I only experienced 3 weeks of his newborn life and they relocated to N.C. with my grandson in tow. There was no way that I wanted to let those ‘Baby Brayden’ years pass me by ….and I just HAD to hold him while he was still a baby.
With my transactions covered by Randy Prothero and with my son Michael babysitting my English Cocker, Shadow, we left for N.C. on Valentine’s Day and arrived there the next evening. My husband and I spent the best 9 days of our lives together visiting our grandson, daughter Dori and son in law Alejandro.
We even drove up to Washington, DC to see the Capitol (everyone but my husband had never been there), White House, Smithsonian and more. The next day we traveled to Pennsylvania to see Gary’s Grandma and Great Aunt Lo and then to Virginia to see the National Museum of the Marine Corp. We drove back to Jacksonville, NC and the only ActiveRainer I was able to meet was Carol Smith from Raleigh, NC who took the two hour drive to Jacksonville to meet me and my family.
We had a blast with our grandson, Dori and Alejandro…and it was well worth the LONG trip from Hawaii to North Carolina and back. With aches and pains and jet lag too…we were back at work last Monday after arriving safe and sound back in Honolulu on the 25th. (it takes a full day of travel there…and the same coming back).
We walked back into our home with a different outlook. It was a realization that BOTH of us were workaholics and that we needed to MAKE time for US. Our work lived without us. Our dog lived without us. My clients were well taken care of by a trusted agent. They all lived without us…for a few days.
We are making plans for our next vacation to one of the other islands next year….ALONE.
This just may be the start of something big.
Time for just ….US.
ARE YOU READY FOR A VACATION?
Enjoy the show….just a few pictures of our experience on our first vacation together in our ten years of marriage. And.....MORE PHOTOS