This past weekend we took 2 of our 3 boys and my God-daughter to visit my bestfriend and her boyfriend in Houston. Since the 4th of July fell in the middle of the week this year and I knew that the office would be pretty quiet, I decided to take the rest of the week off to have a long weekend with my family. We arrived in Houston on Friday afternoon and once we got settled in at our friend's house, we decided to take the kids to the Houston Aquarium. They really enjoyed seeing all of the fish, especially the Stringray, and also the rides and games at the amusement park there. We ended our first evening in Houston with some good ole Mexican food at Lupe Tortilla. On Saturday, we woke up and had a delicious homemade breakfast before heading off to the Houston Children's Museum that afternoon. The kids enjoyed themselves and all of the neat items at the museum for them to experiment with, however I think that our 5 year old son enjoyed it the most as everything excited him and was just his size. On Sunday, we decided to end our vacation with a day at the beach in Galveston. We took an ice chest full of assorted drinks, some music, and our sports chairs and found us a good spot on the beach where the fellas could play a couple of rounds of frisbee while also keeping an eye on the kids as they ran freely into the water.
As I sat on the beach with our friends and took in the views, it was truly amazing to see our 5 year old experience the sea water and waves splashing up against his face for the first time, our middle son realize that this summer he is actually tall enough to go a bit further out in the water by himself, and my god-daughter just enjoy being away from her 3 siblings having some much needed time of fun and play. These are the memories that I will cherish with them and that I know that they will never forget. We are blessed to be able to provide this experience to them and it really puts life into perspective. I will never gain this level of satisfaction through a job or anything else because it is priceless. I want to have more moments like these with them and after having a 6 day weekend to relax and enjoy the fruits our labor, I was refreshed and ready to return to work full of gusto on Tuesday!
As we drove back to Houston from Galveston, I told my bestfriend that I no longer want to live a life that is full of accomplishments and accolades without any adventure. I want to live a life that is full of moments like the ones that we experienced at our day at the beach full of laughter and fun and free of stress and worry. I know that it is up to me to create these experiences and that I am the CEO of my life. It is up to me to make sure that while my children are young, that I create the best foundation possible for them to have these positive experiences. This is the true motivation behind me diligently living my best life.