Knowing I wasn't having a heart attack or had a blood clot helped at least ease my anxiety though and I went to work for a few hours before coming home to pack for a short beach trip.
We woke up Saturday morning and had the car packed and were headed to the beach by 8 AM. [It helped that Little Man had packed his backpack with all of his toys that he wanted to take about three days earlier, and every night he would take his pillow out to sleep on and then stuff it back into the bag in the morning so he wouldn't forget it.]
We stopped for a McDonald's breakfast and made it to our first destination by 12:30 PM. See, we had a very specific reason for heading to the beach (other than the fact that the weather was GORGEOUS). We went to look at a travel trailer to keep at the beach at the resort we love so much, and WE BOUGHT ONE! We had talked about getting one last year but didn't see anything we liked that was also financially feasible, so we hadn't looked for a while. And when we rang in the New Year we started looking again, just in case we came across a real deal. I made it my mission this year to make positive things happen in my life if possible instead of waiting for them to happen. I've started taking the steps necessary to practice law on my own (more on that later), and now, we've taken a leap to accomplish our dream of having a place at the beach.
and after getting settled we quickly changed so we could walk on the beach. Little Man collected seashells for a class project we need to work on this week, and we enjoyed the smell of the sea air before heading indoors for Hubby and Little Man to enjoy the lazy river and hot tub (I'm still having painful pressure in my chest so I didn't jump in with them).
That evening after getting cleaned up we relaxed in the room before heading out for a late dinner at the Giant Crab. Then we headed back to the room stuffed and listened to the waves before watching The Little Mermaid and turning in. We woke up this morning, checked out, had a great breakfast and headed for home. And this time, when we were getting ready to leave I didn't have the sad feeling I usually have when we leave the beach. Because I know we'll be going back the last weekend of March for our first stay in our new beach spot, and I know that we'll be going to the beach a lot more often, and so that wistful feeling was gone, all that was there was an excitement for all of the new memories we're going to be able to create!