Monday, April 9, 2012

ready to go.

I've done a lot of prep work for this trip and it has been really fun to plan for and daydream about.

But first, some Easter pictures.






 Here is our Easter dinner, Salmon cakes, fennel zucchini slaw and roasted new potatoes.  It was delicious if I do say so myself.



I'm ready to go to Mexico!  I leave on Wednesday evening.  I can't say I'm not apprehensive about leaving my kids, seeing as I've never left them for more than 2 nights before.  I have no reason to worry about them; Sam is totally all over it and they will have a great week together.   I just feel guilty about being on such a cushy vacation all on my own.  The guilt comes naturally with being a mom, but Skyler is doing her best to make absolutely sure I feel really guilty.

She has made it known in her subtle way that she isn't very happy about me going away.  I think her exact words were:  "I wish you had never entered that stupid contest anyway," and  "I would give away all of my stuffed animals if you would stay home."  Holy heart strings.

In order to make everyone feel better, I did what any good mother would do:  I bribed the kids with material goods, and promised a small gift for each day that I'm away.  For Reed, this seemed like a great deal. Skyler said:  "The only present I want is for you not to go to Mexico."  Wow.  She's good.

The gifts are all little things like crayons, coloring books, paints, glitter glue, gummy bears and little flower seeds to plant.   When Reed saw the presents all lined up he said:  "You can go now, mommy!"  Skyler seemed torn... the presents do look pretty fun.

I made some lists for Sam, even though they are really just to make myself feel better.   Sam will do an amazing job with the kids and I'm extremely lucky to be able to go off on this trip.




 I am also leaving Skyler a book to write me daily letters about everything she does while I'm gone.   Is that subtle of me?

 Here are all the essentials for a week of surfing in Mexico, plus the surfboard that Las Olas supplies. 

beach towel, passport, surf booties (recommended to protect feet from getting cut on the reef), surf shorts, bathing suit, sunblock, flip flops, bug spray and seasick bands to wear on my wrists when we go out in the boat to different surf breaks.   That's pretty much all I need, right?  Okay, I also got some new dresses from Athleta.  Also essential.

I'm pretty much packed and ready to go.  Except for the 1000 other things on my to do list at work. 

Here was my favorite part of the final email I got from the Las Olas travel coordinator:
Some meditations as you head to the airport
- Leave stress behind. Start your decompression now. Use your travel time to transform into your holiday-mode. 
- Surf safari is laid back. Most of the technology, crazy schedules, and traffic back home is absent here. 
 You'll soon find the pace is like a gentle swing in a hammock. Enjoy hanging with the mellow neighbors, take in the breathtaking scenery, and float in the warm ocean waves.

I am quite certain I will post to the blog a few times while in Mexico, so check back for updates.  And please don't hate me.

Thank you to all of you for helping me win this trip.  I wish we could all go together.

Love,
Emilie

5 comments:

Kim Oldenburgh said...

You are going to have a great time and it will go so fast you'll be surprised when it's all over! I love the line about "leave the stress behind and get into relaxation mode"-you can do it. Wow, so happy for you. Can't wait to read about it.

middleagedrunner said...

Sounds like it's going to be an amazing trip! Have SO much fun!

Cat said...

Have a great trip! I dream of unplugging from technology. Kudos to your husband. You are sooooo lucky to have a husband who "is all over it". A lot of men would not be (especially over here)! Be safe and I look forward to reading about the adventure.

Jen said...

Enjoy! I really like the gifts you prepared for the kids and the adorable book for Skyler to write to you daily. Great ideas!!!

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