As each day passes and we get further from those childhood memories, we often find ourselves looking back to long for the freedom we now miss with today's stresses of life. Josh and I decided to dial back the clock for his birthday to venture back to act like kids for his birthday.
The day started bright and early, not in anticipation of a birthday, like you would as a kid, but as we get older we can't sleep in. We hopped in our rental car and off we went with no real plans set out. We had discussed hiking a mountain nearby to the beach so that was the destination we first set our GPS to the Bruce Highway. As we approached the mountain (that looked more like a large hill) we got excited to run up and see the view. Much like Pinnacle Mountain in Little Rock, we found our path set out with a stone staircase dodging runners and hikers as we went up. Upon our approach to the top we looked back to see the beautiful sights of the waves hitting the sandy beaches. At one point I even saw a whale breach at a distance. After sitting there a bit, my attention swayed and we headed down the mountain to actually touch the water we could see. With the beach in mind we drove a few miles and decided to play along the beach as if we had no where to be.
The beach was simply amazing, it was a little chilly, and we were the only people out there. There is just something magical about being alone on the beach. The expanse of the water along with the beauty and solidarity, it is amazing. After I got tired of dancing around and running from the waves, and Josh got tired of looking for shells we decided to head along the highway to our next adventure.
Like a few teenagers we rolled down the window and cranked the music up and sung at the top of our voices. We soon came upon Aussie World and we looked at each other again and decided, "Why Not?" We pulled into the parking lot to only think of National Lampoons Vacation, and laugh.
We rode all the rides like we were on a time crunch. With really no lines, and not that many rides, we really didn't need to rush. The bumper cars were our favorite ride of all. It was so much fun just laughing and riding all the old fashion rides like the huge slide, the tilt-a-whirl, and the swings. With the sun starting to set we knew we had to go home. As we approached home we had to go back to being grownups but it reminded us that we don't have to always wait till a birthday to act like kids. Even though it is a great reason too. What is you last memory of acting like a kid and forgetting the whole adult thing?
I am so lucky to have found someone who will go play with me and laugh, while still encouraging me to meet my goals in life. I love all the times we get to be together and just enjoy life. I am so lucky to have found a partner who has a real zeal for life and wants to make the most of out it. I am so glad he chose me. Happy 32, hope this year is great!