And, in a blink of an eye, we are home again.
Where did we go, you ask? Hawaii. I kinda forgot to mention it, or rather chose not to because I’m just not a fan of telling the entire internet that my house is sitting empty – sorry.
We almost cancelled when Little MPB got diagnosed with Pneumonia. We asked the ER doctor and he was very clear that the humid Hawaii air would be the best thing possible for his lungs. We asked our family doctor, who reiterated the same thing. So, off we went, basically under doctors orders.
I found a phenomenal seat sale a few months ago, using points we’ve been saving for years. In total, for condo accommodations, 3 seats on an airplane and a car rental we spent $3000 for 8 nights in Hawaii. Really, that price was beyond phenomenal. Honestly, it was such an unbeatable price that I didn’t even have to beg Mr. MPB to agree to the trip. Even though we had no plans to travel in 2018, when I told Mr. MPB what I found, he simply said book it, we have to go. And by pure coincidence it turned out my parents were on the same island, at the exact same time.
I planned to write while we were away, and I also planned to work while we were away. But, I never turned on my computer. Not once. I only responded to 2 work emails on my phone, one of which was to decline a rush project that would have required me to work while we were away. And, I never returned a single phone call.
Instead, we played in the pool every single day. We played in the ocean. We watched sunsets. We went outlet shopping and splurged on a few things and bought a few necessities at great prices. We slept, even Little MPB slept (so long as only I put him to bed, lied with him until he fell asleep and never dared to put him into his pack-n-play). We let Little MPB watch too many early morning cartoons. We cooked family meals with the grandparents. We played at the local playground. We (the adults only) drank beer at 9am…and 9pm too. We got a tad bit too much sun. We even snuck in an unforgettably amazing date night thanks to the grandparent’s generosity.
But more than anything, we beat to Little MPB’s drum. And I can say, without hesitation or doubt, that it was the best trip we’ve ever been on as a family of 3. In fact, it was so good that I’m now determined to find a way to make this happen again next winter, because I think our entire family needed this.
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