The bubble has been burst.
We are no longer in a frozen-in-time state-of-mind.
You know how it is when you go on vacation. You leave home and travel somewhere else and while you are there, you are more than likely NOT watching the news or reading the paper. I admit, in today's times of mobile technology, many people may still keep up on the news of the world while they are away.
Our family...not so much. When we go on vacation, we are on vacation from the madness and busy nature of our lives the other 51 weeks out of the year. Save for checking the weather forecast from time-to-time, we don't really connect with the outside world when we take a vacation. It is a vacation, after all. It was just by chance that we found out about Elizabeth Taylor's death while we were gone last week. Once we heard the weatherman repeat for the fourth day in a row that the daily high temperature was going to reach the upper 80's, we proceded to get dressed for another day of fun.
All good things must come to an end, and our fun week with Mickey Mouse and his gang came to a close. The mild early-Spring weather we were enjoying in Ohio seemed to take a vacation too! It was very difficult to come home after soaking up some serious sun for a week, only to step off the airplane into weather in the mid-30's! Brrrr!!!
Upon our arrival home, I unpacked while Kevin checked around the house and plugged everything back in. The next day I was met with piles of laundry and an empty refrigerator. If only the Kroger Fairy could have planned out the next week's meals for me and stocked my fridge and cupboards too. So, our spring break vacation is truly over and we all return to our routines of school and work and laundry and cooking and cleaning. How I enjoyed the break from laundry and even time in the kitchen.
Even though the particular vacation we took this go-around was not exactly relaxing (how can 5 days of theme park hopping with 3 young children possibly be relaxing?!), it was still so very good to get away and enjoy a change of scenery and to share in the making of new family memories.