And with that, a week in Jamaica has come to a close. It was a great trip…but then again, when is a break from reality never great? I took this week to celebrate love with a wedding, but to also spend quality time with Kristen and to rest, ahhh…rest.
This past week, I had no stress, I didn’t worry (with the exception of the kids being at home, even though I knew they were in good hands) and I actually let my mind be free from all the things that bother me at home. It wasn’t until our last night there that the little everyday things started to come to mind and the reality of going home began to surface.
I truly feel like Kristen and I needed this trip. Some time away from the kids to be a couple, to hang out, to talk, and to simply enjoy each other’s company. Especially now with Kristen’s work season picking back up which includes extended periods away from home, it was a great way to prepare ourselves for the tougher summer ahead.
The other “goal” if you will, that I had for this trip was to rest. Yes I worked a couple of days but the remainder of the week, I rested. If I wanted to stay up late and sleep in, I did. If I wanted to go to bed early and get up early, I did. I ate meals with the freedom to really taste and enjoy the food without feeling rushed away from the table to tackle the next “to do” item of the day. Every morning I sipped hot coffee at a snail’s pace. I lounged on the beach, I walked leisurely and not at the speed walking pace that I’m usually maintaining. I’ve had such a high paced job and lifestyle since last September that sleeping, being lazy and taking my time had become priority for last week. I’ve been having some physical side effects of pushing myself too much the last few months, and not once on this trip did I feel any of it. It’s made me realize that things I’ve been allowing myself to get worked up over, isn’t worth it. And that a break from those very things are not just a luxury but a necessity to my overall health.
Along with some beautiful wedding photos, I do have a few more blog posts on random thoughts that I had while vacationing, to come in the near future. But for now, I finish up with a few photos from our trip to Runaway Bay, Jamaica.
When Kristen & I took our first vacation to Cuba we took a self portrait on the plane.Since then we’ve always tried to take a similar photo, if not on the plane, at least on the bus ride to our destination. This photo was on the bus at the airport while waiting to leave Montego Bay to go to Runaway Bay.
We spent quite a bit of time in the lobby of the Gran Bahia Principe, these chandeliers were huge but beautiful.
Another self portrait. I’ve realized that we didn’t get one “sensible” photo of us. I’m pretty sure someone from the group has one, I’ll need to follow up on that and share it if it exists
My handsome hubby…yeah…I’ll keep him.
Kristen should have been a fish. Or at least born with gills. The guy snorkels almost the whole time we’re close to the water. Those are my feet in the foreground. He snorkels, I take pics and relax. I also try to get a tan but being a ginger and all I only end up with freckles or a sunburn.
Like I said, I will be keeping him I like him a lot!! He, he.
I don’t know why but I kind of like this photo Kristen took of me.
Another selfie of us. Please…no comments about how dark Kristen is and how white I am. Thank you And last but not least, rain! We had so much rain on this trip. I think we had rain 5 of the 8 days that we were on the island. This photo was our last morning there, at least it made it a little easier to leave knowing we weren’t leaving a hot sunny beach that day.
And that was our trip in a nutshell. I won’t try to bore you too much this week with Jamaica talk but just a warning that this week will probably be all Jamaica posts in some form. I apologize in advance.
Happy Monday, respect!