Sunday, August 22, 2010

My Happy Place

It would be an understatement to say that a vacation was loooong overdue.

On Thursday, we took a quick trip to the Oregon coast and stayed in this cozy little cottage on the beach.

A funny thing happened while we were on our little beach getaway. One morning, I woke up to the sounds of the ocean waves crashing onto the shore, the smell of hot breakfast cooking downstairs, and the sweet little sounds of my baby squealing in his crib beside my bed, and I had a strange feeling. I felt a lightness in my spirit, a little flutter in my heart, and a hop-skip in my step. It was very unusual. I felt so taken off guard by this unknown feeling that I described it to Aaron and he said, "I know. I feel it too. I'm happy" A-hah! So thats what it feels like to be happy! So sad that I had lost that feeling for so long, but so glad to have that wonderful feeling back.

The boys had so much fun playing on the beach. Max basically stuck to Dad like glue and was happy as long as he was being held, but Hank kicked off his shoes, dipped his toes in the water, and ran along the beach, happy as can be.

On Friday, Amy, Eric, and Jasper joined us at the beach house. Eric was a great sport and dug the boys a giant hole in the sand to play inside and spent hours playing Go Fish with Hank.

Aaron gave up on building a sand castle and decided to just relax in his sand chair instead.

After a freezing cold stroll along the beach, we warmed up in the little hot tub.

As we started to pack up this morning to head back home, back to life, that old familiar heavy feeling started to settle back in its place in my chest. Stress. I can't stay on vacation forever (I wish!) so I will have to learn to find my own happy place again, here, in real life.


carrie said...

We were on the Oregon coast last week, too! I actually just finished posting about part of it. Where were you? We were between Lincoln City and Yachats.
I totally know what you mean about having to leave vacation and get back to real life. Stinks! I had a hard time getting my brain to focus for the first day back; it still wanted to be on vacation. :)
P.S. I love your description of happiness.

We Three Madsens said...

Sounds like you guys had a lot of fun, Im so glad to hear you felt so happy and such a great time with your beautiful family:)

Maile Fano said...

This looks like so much fun and so relaxing. I envy you guys at being able to just head to the coast and enjoy the beach.

mom and pops grover said...

Missed you! Glad you had a good time. Ready for a date!

Poe said...

Court-I'm so glad that you were able to get away and have some happy time. You guys definitely deserved a vacation. What a cool trip that would be. Good luck working on your happy place ;)

Mindy said...

That does look dreamy. The beach is the best. Looks like you guys had a good time. Glad you got to have a carefree vacation! You deserve it.

Jason & Amber said...

You guys look like you have so much fun together! What a cute family!