We’ve been back from Mexico for a few days. Our friends, Rachel and Erik kept the boys while we were away. And other friends pitched in with the school holiday and school pick-ups. Can I pause for a moment and tell you what a HUGE blessing it is to have friends who are willing to love our boys and let us get away? It’s incredible and something I don’t take lightly.

Steve and I really needed some time to reconnect and just relax. We soaked up time with the other couples and also had lots of time to ourselves. We slept in, ate great food and enjoyed the scenery. I didn’t bring my computer so I was able to ‘unplug’ literally and just enjoy the hours with nowhere to be and no agenda.

One evening we went into town to experience ‘carnaval‘. It’s an annual festival with a parade, costumes and lots of craziness. Not my scene–but something to take in!

We sat on the beach for hours and read. I went through three books! So fun to just relax with no interruptions.

Our last afternoon we rented jeeps and explored the island. I’m so glad we did–it was my favorite part of the trip! I loved the coastline and all the colorful buildings. There were tons of pop-up markets along the road filled with handicrafts. So much inspiration.

Mexican coke, in a glass bottle, tastes so much better than regular coke!

I love him.

This last photo was taken using a slow shutter speed as described in this post. That’s how I got the ocean to look misty. Fun!

Having had time away, I feel more calm and ready to jump into the craziness of life again. I missed the boys, but they did fabulous while we were away–and that feels like a huge success. I’m also considering how to unplug more in my daily life. I’m on my phone or computer too much–I want to be more present!

I’d love to hear of ways you unplug, reconnect and recharge so that your marriage and family thrive.