Well, Aladdin is starting at the Kennedy Center soon and I have that soundtrack on repeat. I freaking love the music from Aladdin. It only seemed fitting that “A Whole New World” is what comes to mind when I think about this past family vacation. I did not drink AT ALL for the first time on vacation since we have had children.
In years past, Matt and I always enjoyed our fair share of cold ones on the beach during the day. That was what we did! ALL DAMN DAY LONG! Evenings were made for sipping wine while sitting on the porch in the rocking chairs. It was the best! However, this year was a wee bit different and I would be a big ass liar if I said it didn’t bother me. I was angry and there were tears. Honestly. I was on the hot mess express because I chose to have an alcohol free trip. (Cue the scene with Isla Fisher in Wedding Crashers stomping her feet with her hands covering her ears. That was how I felt!)
Once I got over missing the good ol’ days of throwing back a 6 pack of Corona Light, I decided to enjoy the gifts life had given me. Before my eyes stood my handsome and hysterical 13 year old son and my precious 11 year old daughter. We played for hours on end with our kids in the ocean like we never had before. There was boogie boarding, body surfing, floating and paddle boarding. Time was spent laughing, splashing around, and having the kind of conversations that may not always come easy while sitting at the dining room table. In addition to the water time, we enjoyed games on the beach or just quiet time together under the umbrella. The evenings were spent trying new restaurants, playing spoons, mini golfing, go karting, hitting the local ice cream shop and watching episode after episode of The Office, which is now my son’s new favorite past time. It was truly a wonderful to be present and engaged with my family versus foggy, buzzed and even irritated because the hangover would set in before dinner would even be served. Sigh.
One other eye opening thing happened during the vacation. I slept the best I have ever slept at the beach. Every night, I would hit the sack early, read for a bit and then fall soundly asleep to the sound of the waves crashing. Each morning I was up with the sun and would have completed my workout before anyone in the house stirred. I would often be sipping my second cup of coffee on the porch before anyone else joined me. Now, that is a little slice of heaven. Not having alcohol allowed me to sleep well, rise early and feel good to start the day. It was a win-win for sure.
As silly or as cliche as it may sound, our family vacation was “A Whole New World” this year since I did not consume alcohol. It was a gift to be fully present and I have to say, I would choose it over and over again.
A whole new world (A whole new world)
That’s where we’ll be (That’s where we’ll be)
A thrilling chase
A wondrous place
For you and me