The Deployment Diary

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Our Vacation...

The view from the hotel Sarah and her husband stayed looks wonderful!

Next month, we're taking our first real vacation IN TEN YEARS!! Matter of fact, I'm making our reservations today - and we're heading to Florida too. I've found a beautiful resort for us to stay. It has several pools, a restaurant, a bar on the beach for fruity drinks while we soak up the sun, special activities for children - and best of all, its right on the Gulf where the sand is white as snow and the ocean is a gorgeous blue.

Unlike Sarah and her husband, we're definitely beach bums ;). We're looking forward to long days on the beach and quiet evenings sitting on the terrace of the condo we're renting - and smelling the ocean air. Mostly though, we're looking forward to it just being the two of us and our two little ones.

Normally, we go visit family and call that a vacation while we try to visit everyone in the area evenly lol so no one feels left out or neglected. However, this time, we're going where WE want to go, taking our time, relaxing and enjoying our time together without any outside interference from the Army - or anyone else for that matter.

As you can tell, I'm beside myself. We are really looking forward to this trip!! It's been entirely too many years since we just sat on a beach, enjoying each other's company and the sights and sounds of the ocean. And, it will be the first time either of our children have seen a beach! Well, our daughter has been to the beach in Virginia, but she was just a baby and doesn't remember it. Watching them experience this for the first time is going to be so special! Searching for shells, building sand castles, hanging on to Daddy while they wade out into the sounds about as close to heaven on earth as we can get.

Thank you Army for moving block leave from May (when we couldn't have gone anywhere due to daughter's school) to June! Someone finally got a clue and realized these soldiers would have missed three summers in a row - or at least the soldiers with school aged children would have. June is a perfect time since everyone will be able to enjoy a get-away!

Now if I can just get a few house projects done. That way, I can really relax while we're gone and not worry about projects that will be waiting on me when I get home lol.

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  • The problem with vacations for military folks is they always seem to be--as you noted--to visit relatives.

    Have a great time.

    By Blogger Bunker, at 5/19/2005 3:50 PM  

  • WHOOHOOO!!! Forget the house projects if you don't get them done -- worrying on your vacation won't get them done either... there will always be something more to be done -- but you can never get back the minute with your family that you spent worrying!

    (Say out loud: Today I will do what I can do today. And today that might be to sit in the sun, swim with the kids and build sandcastles!)

    By Blogger Some Soldier's Mom, at 5/20/2005 7:34 AM  

  • Have a great time and relax!!

    By Blogger Gail, at 5/21/2005 12:39 PM  

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