So we just returned from a fabulous mini getaway to Block Island and all I can say is, it was simply awesome. The weather was perfect, we got a babysitter two nights in a row, which means we were able to try out two fabulous restaurants that we had never visited because we didn't know the ins and outs of the island and I even read half of Jennifer Weiner's new book, Certain Girls. Incidentally, since it is summer, I am dedicated to brushing up on my reading - for the sake of my daughter and my vocabulary so I'll be giving a few Role Mommy book reviews after the July 4th weekend so that you've got some great summer reads during those months when your kids are off in camp and no one is calling your name!
But I digress. Block Island. It's a great place for families - the hotels and bed and breakfasts are charming and the place we stayed in was haunted. You can't get any better than that. Not that I saw any ghosts or anything, but I was completely hooked on all those chilling stories and my husband is convinced that one of the doors that slammed in the middle of the night was totally a ghost - and not a drunken partygoer who had been attending someone's 40th birthday shindig the night before.
As for activities, the kids had a blast - catching crabs that were covered in barnicles near the docks (can anyone say ewwww), playing on the beach - my daughter was buried in sand up to her neck; and venturing out into the waves. My son, who is normally totally nervous about the water even tackled the surf this weekend - while part of me was flipping out (Don't go out too far!!!), I was also thrilled that he's becoming comfortable enough to swim with his friends while his mom can keep one on my book and the other on his bermuda shorts bobbing up and down in the tide.
And my daughter had the time of her life too. She went out even further into the ocean, which made me a little nervous too, but made it back in one piece and then proceeded to befriend the waitresses and owner of The Narragansett Inn where we stayed for four days. She was back and forth at the hotel gift shop so often that I have a feeling in a few years, she'll be getting a job there.
There's nothing like a mini family vacation to put everything in perspective - it's nice to relax for a change and walk away from the computer. So much for a little peace and quiet...now back to the real world for a few days before we hit July 4th and the kids head off to day camp. Gotta love the summer!