We have returned from a completely restorative weekend away. What was originally supposed to be a long holiday weekend with my mother at a bungalow near at
Lauwersmeer National Park, turned out to be the same— just missing one of our favorite travel partners.
I feel completely reset. I’m pretty good at keeping low expectations when we travel, but this time I felt like I started this 4 night mini-vacation with zero expectations and it turned out even better than I could have expected!
This little corner of the north feels a little off beat. Not really a town (just a small harbor) and a national park in Groningen, but right at the Friesland border. You can’t really go to the beach up there, but we had some great beach time at the lake collecting sea shells. Sea shells at the lake! The whole thing was a little bizarre. I loved every minute of it and the kids had a blast.
Flora kept saying, “I love this vacation.” On the last morning, sleepy head Thibault says, “I love our new house.” They played well together the entire weekend and spirits were high. Lazy mornings full of coffee, reading books, watching T.V., jumping in the hot tub in the rain, jumping on the trampoline, and arts and crafts. We spent our afternoons driving to Dokkum for some incredible ice cream at
Zuco, playing at the lake, walking along the harbor at the Wadden Zee. One morning we followed at 1,5 km nature walk in the national park. Every day brought small beautiful moments.
I love how my children are appreciating the really small things, especially now during this corona time. A simple trip to get ice cream (because it is so rare now) is the greatest thing to them. It really is wonderful.
This trip also felt like one of the first times (in 6 years) that I was not completely dead tired from traveling with my kids. No breast feeding multiple times in the middle of the night, no drama in the middle of the night, nobody getting up before 6:00 a.m. needing something or asking for something. I “slept in” with Thibault until 8:30 each morning. It felt amazing.
We originally canceled this weekend away, but I’m so happy we stuck with the plans. I can feel/see the immediate impact fresh air and the great outdoors have on my kids. It was several days full of gratitude and appreciating the little things. It was a weekend in nature that our family needed to reset everything for our next corona phase together.