I had an incredible weekend! I attended a blogging conference at Cedar Point and I took the whole family with me because…well, because it’s Cedar Point! The kind folks at Cedar Point gave us tickets so we could enjoy the park for the weekend. We stayed at one of their resorts right on Lake Erie and were treated with beautiful views of the water on one side, and the night lights of the amusement park on the other.
My kids have never been to an ocean but this seemed like it to them. They enjoyed wading in the water and playing in the sand. But the highlight of their beach experience was chasing seagulls. If there was a flock of birds hanging out on the beach, you could bet one of my kids would run at them, interrupting their innocent downtime, causing fluttering of wings and caws of protest. It was fun to watch them having so much fun.
While I attended the conference on Saturday, my husband took the kids to the park. They had a lot of fun and I did, too. I met some wonderful people. Now, I am not a frequent conference-goer, but I have been to several different kinds of conferences in the past. I have to say, the attendees at this conference were by far the most open and friendly! Everyone was willing to share their knowledge and experiences with me and each other. The information I was saturated with will help me greatly as I work through the how-tos of the blogosphere. At times I was a bit overwhelmed. And that was just the first day!
On Sunday morning I had some more talks to attend. Being a history buff, my husband took the kids to the Perry’s Victoriy and International Peace Memorial (I will have a guest blogger talk more about that on another day). When I was done with my conference and good-byes to new friends, I went to the park to await the return of my family. I tried to have fun, but let’s face it, amusement park rides are not quite as much fun when you’re alone. I was eager for my husband and kids to get back from their little field trip. When they finally returned to Cedar Point I was relieved to meet them in the parking lot and ditch my conference notebook, dressy shoes, and sweater and put on my sneakers and t-shirt. Aw…back to normal Karen-wear and back with the people I love!
We entered the park again as a family, planning on only riding a couple of rides before we got back on the road. Well, at least that was the plan. We ended up staying a few hours longer than anticipated, but I just couldn’t help it. As I was walking around with my family, enjoying their smiles and laughs, I realized we were actually all getting along. There were no fights over whose turn it was to use the laptop. Only deals made over whose turn it was to sit by Mom or Dad on the next ride. No one asked, “Where’s my Kindle?” but “Who wants to ride that roller coaster with me?” It was wonderful to get be away from our daily distractions of housework, homework, activities, etc. We were a family unplugged and it was nice. I reminded myself to cherish these moments. My oldest is a freshman in high school and in a few short years he will likely be leaving for college. I know from my own experience growing up that once kids leave the house it’s harder to plan family activities. Our times together as a family are getting fewer and farther between. I didn’t want the day to end. I wasn’t ready to get back in the van for the long drive back to reality. Our time together is precious and I want to make the most of it.
Thank you, Bloggy Conference, for a great weekend!