Relaxing Days at Home

While we’ve been back in the Netherlands for almost a week, I never got around to finishing up my posts about our trip back home this summer.  Probably because I was so busy relaxing 😉  Normally “relaxing days” and “home” would be a total oxymoron in my book.  Never have my trips home been relaxing.  Never.  They are filled with activities morning, noon and night.  EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.  Not this year.  As I mentioned in my last post, I did my best to be more spontaneous, but not only that, I’m trying my best to not over do things this year. And for once, I’m successful.

This is much to the despair of my 12 year old though.  I think he’s so used to the constant go, go, go pace of when we are home that he’s dying over the fact that we aren’t doing a heck of a lot and just relaxing.  Maybe kids these days just don’t know what it means to relax?  I feel like we are on high speed all school year long with activities 6 days a week and an erratic school day schedule that changes daily.  For me, this was all about taking some time to decompress and spend quality time with our family – family that always gets the backseat on these trips.  So while I’ve succeeded in making the trip mellow for me, my needs and Aidan’s are clearly very different!

Anyways, he’s 12 and hormonal these days so nothing I’m going to do is going to please him anyways 😉  Since my last post, we’ve been busy.  Fun, relaxing busy though – not stressed out busy!  I honestly can’t even remember what I posted about in the last entry, but while we were home we managed to take a lot of time with family.  It meant that this year, we didn’t get as much time with friends, but it was too important to me to not spend this time with our families.  It was worth it more than I can express.

We often split the weeks between Josh’s family and mine which worked out great because it would free up a few days that I could spend alone with my family or catching up with a friend or two while the kids were with Josh’s family.  I went to Portsmouth, NH for Michelle’s bachelorette weekend.  My mom and I took a few days and went to Newport – time that I never get to spend with her when I’m home – she and I normally get a half day here or there and that’s it.  I also went down to Washington, DC for a few days to help celebrate one of my best friend’s turning 40 (more on that later).  If we are going to talk travel, I spent a day (yes a day) in Vermont with 2 of my other best friends that I meet with every year – our challenge always being that we live in 3 different states.  But every year we manage to get together, even if it’s just for a day and it means us driving 2+ hours each way to get to each other.  It’s worth it!  And finally our travel concluded with a trip to upstate Maine (near Bar Harbor) for Michelle’s wedding.

So while the summer was relaxing so to speak, it was also busy with a lot of travel back and forth to some great places.  The Cape, Portsmouth NH, Newport, Washington DC, Vermont and Maine all made the list this year!  Not bad for just 5 1/2 weeks of visiting!

But that doesn’t mean we didn’t do other fun stuff.  In addition to the things I posted about in my last post, we spent time with friends and family going to places like Water Wizz, up to Marblehead, various barbecues, having dinner with my sorority sisters (which Aidan joined), having dinner with friends and family and doing fun tours in Boston.  Josh joined us for the last week so he could be there for Michelle’s wedding.  Last year he arrived in the middle of the trip so it was nice getting to travel back to the Netherlands with him and spend that last week all together as a family.

One of my favorite things was taking Aidan to his first Red Sox game.  And it wasn’t just any game but Sox – Yankees game.  He had a blast and I’ve got more on that later, but I can’t forget that as a part of our summer summary!

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Aidan’s first Red Sox game

Our final moments of our trip home were most definitely the best. Because we were so busy and because my brother and his family were moving houses, we hadn’t gotten to see them during the vacation.  We were feeling pretty devastated that we weren’t going to see them, especially my niece who is only a little over a year and a half old.  They surprised us by being at my parents’ house the day we were leaving.  I won’t lie, I cried.  It was the best surprise and the best ending to the trip.  And I finally got pictures of all the kids together which we didn’t do last year (but I’m not putting it up here as they are understandably very private about posting her picture).  It was the most wonderful way to end our trip home.

It was hard leaving this year.  Harder than other years for some reason.  Though last year I didn’t want to come back at all and even though I was ready, it was just hard to leave our families.  I miss them all the time – we all do.  I’m so thankful we live in an age where we can chat easily by VOIP, skype, Facebook and more so that we feel connected even when we can’t be close proximity wise.

Til next time Boston… we love you!!

Hugs and kisses,

Julie

 

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