So, this is it. It’s my final post about our Naples vacation. Spring Break is nearing the end and we’ve officially been home for one week. Soon, it will be back to reality, which isn’t always a bad thing. It was fun while it lasted. Something happened frequently on this vacation that usually only happens once and a while, a parent, whose children are older than mine, would approach me to exchange a few friendly words and then say, in reference to my children, enjoy them, they grow fast. I find that message endearing and yet, a little sad. I know this phase of my life will not last forever and I do try to cherish everyday. But, it’s impossible to appreciate every moment, especially when knee deep in the annoying mundane activities that have to be performed everyday, like brushing teeth, making breakfast, homework, bath time, putting to kids to bed, making lunches, running from activity to activity…. and these things don’t disappear when your on vacation. Kids still have to eat, bathe, get dressed, get sunscreen on, be watched. And trust me, more than once, my husband I and would ask each other what happened to the days when we could just grab a book, towel and chair and make a day of it?I get it though, because sometimes I can be a sentimental fool. At least once, during every moment of either a vacation, or the end of summer, or during the Christmas season, there’s a time when I feel a little sad, because I know the moment is going to pass and it will be over forever. And those moments, especially in hindsight, go way too fast. So, for me, the best part of vacation is just being able to be. To watch second son, search for shells all day, to watch first son talking to himself, swimming around in the vast blue Gulf of Mexico. To watch little lady greet every moment with excitement and wonder. For ice cream to be a thrill. To cherish the limited time that my children will spend together, not off at school or at friends’ houses. Because even though I hate to admit it, and am in deep denial, I know this will not last forever. I know there will come a time when my children will want to be with their friends and not each other, and certainly not with me. And I know there will come a time when we won’t vacation together, when my children will go on spring break, or go away with their own spouses and families, or just go away. This time together, that’s what makes these vacations so special. Sitting on the beach happy to just watch my family, I can’t think of a better way to spend a week. Happy weekend. Happy Easter! I think I’m going to make a carrot cake. I’ll let you know how it goes.