The Cape, or What a Vacation Should Look Like

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Last year I wrote about how our vacations were just beginning to feel like real vacations again. This year’s Cape trip continued in that direction: it actually resembled a vacation from our pre-kids days. Joe and I are not the type to lay around all day anyways. For our babymoon, we went to an all-inclusive resort in Mexico. It was relaxing for us, but included more hiking around the ruins, swimming, exercising, and reading every book we had brought within the first two days and less lying in the sun with our mouths open and our eyes shut.We have LOVED all of our adventures and travels since Elijah was born, but any (honest) parent will agree that the relaxing element associated with vacations often goes by the wayside in favor of more structured, outings-based trips.

But on this magical Cape trip, our kids were pretty to content to be beach bums. From the moment we arrived on the Cape, the kids were ready (and armed with new bathing suits) to take on the sun and sand.

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The water was a little cold the first few days. Even Remy, our resident polar bear, went in once and then said, "I not go back in there."

The water was a little cold the first few days. Even Remy, our resident polar bear, went in once and then said, “I not go back in there.”

We ventured off the beach for breakfasts and dinners,

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ice cream outings,

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"Is someone trying to take a bite of MY ice cream?"

“Is someone trying to take a bite of MY ice cream?”

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mini golf trips,

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and even a visit to the Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory,

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but we definitely had more blissful beach time than ever before. There was still plenty of activity there as well: drip drop castle building,

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hole digging,

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seaglass searching,

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burying of gleeful children in the sand,

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auntie cuddling,

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and the like, but there was something in our week that hadn’t occurred before-a pause here and there, a few pages of a book read on the beach, a nap for one of the adults with the windows of the cottage open, even a relaxing morning or afternoon interlude just hanging out and chatting with family members and friends. A vacation that looked, felt, and restored us as one should. And that for that we are very thankful!

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