Summer is here…finally…
I teach full time at a community college in Sacramento, California. It’s a wonderful, rewarding job, but my favorite perk is that I get the whole summer off. These days I actually need all that time off to stay sane–the combination of the drain of teaching, having two small kids (the younger one is only 15 months old), and having a husband in grad school means that my life feels like insanity most of the time. It may seem like someone who blogs has lots of free time to sit around and write, but in my case, that’s far from the reality.
For these reasons, I cherish my summers. I think about them long before they arrive and during the long, hot days of summer, I never feel an ache to get back to the busy-ness of work despite how much I love my job. I am still finalizing my plans, but one thing I know for sure is that there are a lot of things I want to do! Here is a look ahead but with a slightly different spin.
1. Press trip to Napa, California (How will I handle being away from my boys for 3 days?)
I am very excited about my first press trip. I am currently spending three busy days in Napa. The trip focuses on all that the city of Napa has to offer, including an art walk, wine tasting, the Napa Valley Wine Train, fancy meals, and more.
I have not been away from my baby for more than one night, and I feel a little guilty about it already. I know he will miss me and that my husband will have his hands full. However, I hope to appreciate the time to myself and rejuvenate a bit after what was an incredibly busy semester. I also look forward to making some new connections in travel and PR.
2. A family getaway in Sonoma County (Will we be comfortable?)
We will be taking a family vacation near Healdsburg in the northern part of Sonoma County, a.k.a gorgeous rural wine country. We will stay in a log cabin, and my mom and her husband will camp near us in their Airstream. One of the challenges of traveling with children is having the right set up so everyone is comfortable, and with a baby, every detail is important. I hope to commune with nature a bit, spend quality family time, and find out why everyone loves that area.
3. A week somewhere in California (Can we find something affordable?)
Destination undecided, but as summer plans start to fall into place more, the budget is getting smaller. San Francisco? The coast? Lassen National Park? We will see, but no matter what, traveling in this state means we can’t go wrong.
4. Lots of work to do here at home (Can we get it all done? Does it matter?)
I have enough intentions to fill up a year of vacation. It won’t all get done. I’m trying to accept that.
5. A month in Brazil (How will baby’s first big trip go?)
In Brazil there is a big family waiting to see us, some of whom have not met our younger son yet. It will have been almost 2 years since I was there last. I actually can’t wait–architecture and markets in São Paulo, the beaches at Guaruja, time to do nothing and enjoy the animals at my in-laws’ house, and lots of love from the family. My younger son will be 1 1/2 then, which is such a hard age for long-distance travel, but I am trying to remind myself that we will get there, even if there are tantrums involved.
What are your plans for the summer?