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Last week, instead of sticking to my schedule, I spent time with my guys. We had a nice day playing at the park after handling a bit of business. Then a few errands happened. And next thing you know, we ended up driving for the sake of driving. We drove all night, quite literally.
I know we didn’t intend to drive so long and so far. Yet, we also didn’t intend not to.
See, we like driving; Hun and I both. We enjoy seeing whatever we pass. We love the sense of freedom we feel when we drive. When we drive, we also talk, Hun and I. We talk about anything and everything and nothing. That’s part of our roots, talking.
As you probably imagine, talking for the sake of talking. Sharing, discovering, hashing out, and connecting deeply through talking can be hard to come by when we’re home. It’s not that we don’t talk at home. And it’s not that we can’t talk at home. We’ve just always been drivers. And talkers. So, somehow driving and talking works for us. Besides, the boys love being in the car, so it makes it easy in many ways.
Yes, there are some logistics involved when we just take off, but that’s not what we focus on. In fact, I’m not sure we focus on anything more than being.
Being together. Being a family. Engaged and involved, unencumbered by any duties or schedules or anything else. Hun and I can spend some desperately needed time reconnecting during an unplanned drive, because we could go deep into a conversation without interruption. We can travel down the path of wherever any given topic leads us. We can talk about news events, life events, parenting, dreams and goals, personal history, feelings and thoughts, and so much more.
This particular drive through the night, landed us back home shortly before Hun needed to get up for work (which didn’t happen). Honestly, it could have been a multi-safety issue had he gone. Nonetheless, since he took the day off, we decided to drive again. This time though, we had an actual destination. We drove a few miles to a park on the edge of a river.
And, let me tell you, it was great! The park wasn’t too packed, the water temp was good for the day, the sun shined bright and bold. The breeze was minimal. The undercurrent wasn’t too strong. It was just lovely!
We all had a blast playing in the water. Monkey Boy had so much fun splashing and floating around. Turtle Boy had a blast doing a little floating and splashing himself, from the comfort and safety of my arms. We even had a small cookout with some sausages, potato salad, chips, and grapes.
Just simple, easy, enjoyable fun.
We were having so much fun, I didn’t even think to snap any pictures until well into the day. It was such a fun day and we had such a beautiful time together, it almost doesn’t matter.
So, maybe I flaked a bit on work last week. But, I don’t regret a minute of those two days. I don’t wish any of it away. I’d like to have snapped a few photos of the guys playing in the water, or the great moon from the night before, but I know there will be plenty more opportunities as we continue adventuring together.
Besides, I know I feel grounded and more alive after our adventures last week, such that another few weeks can go by without any big adventures and I’d still be full. I’m so glad we spent some time together. And maybe, it was for the best since Father’s Day was yesterday. I don’t know all the answers.
I do know how I feel and I know that being filled up with love and adventure in today’s present with my guys is something I’ll take over work or anything else, any day!
What kind of things help you feel alive and grounded? How does your family adventure?