Friday, March 16, 2012
For the first time ever, I decided to take my kids on a little trip, without my husband. He is working in Spain. I just didn't feel like moping around the house wondering how to entertain my kids during an incredibly long week!
We decided that we would camp at Goose Island State Park - $10/night.
We went to the beach (only 6.5 miles away) every day.
We went into the Rockport Aquarium - free. They even let me bring our dogs inside.
We went to the Rockport Art Gallery - free. It turns out that even my 7 yr. old loved it. I even found an original watercolor painting ($15) and a seaside photo print ($60) for my house.
We checked out Fulton Mansion - free.
We chose not to cook our meal since I hate cleaning up after cooking at a campsite. We made sandwiches for lunch, cereal and fruit for breakfast. We ate out dinner.
It is a 2 hour and 50 minute drive from our house to the park. I was a little daunted at doing this on my own, but, I got through it and had so much fun with my children. I came back unstressed and slightly tired (but not exhausted!).
I found out that I sleep better on a Walmart cot that comes with a cushion. I found an inexpensive dress that feels like I am wearing nothing! I even managed to make my husband feel jealous that he couldn't be there with us.
I told him that when we get a long weekend, we could go back with him and enjoy the town again.
The weather was a wonderful 77 degrees in the day and 64 degrees at night. No air conditioner or heater needed. I could just live at the beach. One day after putting 4 kids through college, that dream may finally be realized. I have at least 14 years to get there though.