I can not even begin to explain how trying the last part of this school year was for me. I feel like everything that could go wrong did. I really think we spread ourselves too thin this year which made it harder to roll with the punches of life. Just when I thought I got one area on track another area was derailing. While my first instinct is to curl up in a ball and hide, I know that all of it is to show me how much is not within my control and how much I need to lean on Him during trying times. When we finally decided to break for summer (because I would have gone insane if we hadn’t) the first thing I wanted to do was go on some sort of mini vacation. I just needed space to breath and a place where the kids could just be, without depending on me for their entertainment. We decided to go to our tried and true camping spot in Santa Barbara. It’s cheap, it’s easy, and there’s lots of nature around for the kids to explore. I wish I had taken more photos but the first two days I literally didn’t want to do a single thing except sleep, stare at the trees, and eat smores. Everything, including taking photos, felt like such hard work. The plan ultimately worked and after a couple days I felt like myself again. Even though I only took photos of a few spots we visited I still love the memories they bring.
This was a cute little walking area with a bridge that we stopped at. The kids played by the trees for a few minutes and then we headed over to check out the bridge. Once we were passed the bridge we saw the most remote little beach.
Lompoc is known for their flowers apparently and I want to say they actually have a flower festival every year. Most of the fields we passed were already picked, but on the way back from the beach, we came across a flower field that hadn’t been picked yet. We quickly jumped out so Maddy could pick a flower.
This city truly is amazing and there are always so many different places to visit here. Solvang is not too far away and we usually stop there but again, I seriously just wanted to rest. No tourist shopping for me this year. After our long day we headed back to camp and after a few pictures I was out like a light.
At the end of this small camping trip I felt renewed and ready for summer. I also decided to take the month of June off to keep the relaxation flowing. This is our first time since starting homeschooling that we are taking summer off. I’m still not sure if we are taking the full summer off or just June. I will just go with it and see how I feel at the end of the month. Thanks for stopping by and if you have any tips for end of the year burnout I am all ears!