This last weekend we traveled over to Lincoln City, Oregon, for a short weekend away with the kids. Lincoln City is located on the scenic Oregon Coast and situated 11 feet above sea level. There a beautiful sandy beaches where you can make sand castles, fly kites and generally relax. The kids enjoyed flying their kites and digging in the sand to reach water. This was very exciting. They also took the opportunity to run in the surf and in general get wet and sandy, but had a good time.
While we were at the beach we also saw some Kitesurfing. This is an amazing sport that we had not seen before. We saw people jump the surf and literally fly for several hundred feet.
The kids played soccer, played in the park, took walks, played on the beach, saw new scenery and generally had a great time, or so it appeared in small snapshots.
I would love to say that this was a nice relaxing weekend however; it was not one of our better ones. While the kids had moments of pleasure playing with each other and enjoying the time away, they were short lived. Most of the time they spent at each other’s throats bickering and tattling. As you can imagine, this did not make for understanding and relaxed parents. When we left today we had planned to take the trailer down the Oregon coast and head inland at Florence. However their behavior left us wanting the fastest and most direct route home.
I’m sure we are not the only ones that have experienced trips like this and I’m sure it will not be the last; nevertheless it does not make this trip less disappointing. Our youngest last night, after not been given what she had wanted, even went as far as to say, “It’s not fair, we’ve done nothing fun this trip.”
So I’m left with the thought of a “do-over” — do we get do-overs as parents? Did we add to this dismal weekend or are we just at that stage of life where an 8 year old boy and an almost 6 year old girl start to push the boundaries even further than they have in the past? Is this our new reality until the next phase?
We do love our familiy, the trailer and all the adventures they bring however; at the moment I cannot quite picture the next trip.