Our family just returned from a vacation, full of rest, in Southern California. We all feel more relaxed and I can see it in our faces. It made me wonder if, we realize the importance of resting. At the end of the first day we arrived at the beach in Santa Barbara. Our over-tired children were misbehaving and too loud for our hotel, although it was only 8pm. My husband even spoke about turning around and heading back home in the morning. “It will all get easier,” I assured everyone. When we woke with fresh eyes, we embraced the new surrounding and different daily life. As we settled into a routine of family time, walking, and seeing new places and faces, everything SLOWED. With no house to clean and no meals to cook, there was a real ease to the day. One of the boys still naps and it was a blessing for us all. We discovered we all needed to put our feet up and chill out. A daily "siesta" happened for me… ahh sleep. The late afternoons were filled with walking, swimming, beach time and an energized family. While we had imagined late nights, our bodies kept reminding us to rest. We did mange to stay up for a hotel movie or later dinner a few nights, however mostly we slept, deep sleep. It was the first time we have travelled together and not over done it. No BIG adventures. What I learned was being together in our family is a lot. All the "things" I thought we had to DO to fill our time just melted away and never happened. We shared laughs, enjoyed nature, each other and best of all came home excited and well rested. Sleep, it is essential to happiness!
AUTHOR: Bex Urban
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