Transitioning into vacation mentality — FranklyStein

RelaxI'm on day two of vacation, and I'm still trying to get in vacation mode.

Over the years, I've come to realize that it takes awhile to decompress and figure out how to relax. Between work and the kids' schedules, summer seems to get crazier as the years go by. The weeks leading up to our beach vacation are always the worst — even with three teen drivers. Thanks to an excess of swim meets, graduation parties, practices, college shopping trips and trying to get ahead at work so I don't have to work on vacation — there's been no time for picnics or lounging by the pool. I've barely noticed it's even summer.

Until now. Here I am sitting on the beach trying to switch gears. I'm willing my brain to slow down so I can take in the view and just breath. Little by little, I'm starting to let go of life's stress. I can feel the tension in my shoulders starting to subside.

Unfortunately by the time I'm in full vacation mode, it will be time to come home. Such is life.

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FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Life editor Betsy Stein, who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 18, Lilly, 16, Adam, 16, and Jonah, 12.