Wednesday's and Thursday's ordeal with the littlest Teaster left Rob and I feeling a little unglued and somewhat like zombies. We needed a break from reality so it goes without saying that our weekend plans for a stay in Virginia Beach couldn't have come at a more perfect time. We had been looking forward to this weekend for several months now as it was the 18th Annual 5K for Cerebral Palsy of Virginia. We headed out of town Friday morning and after checking into our hotel, we quickly made our way to the beach to cast away our stresses. The weather was quite chilly but Oia was just tickled to be there. It was a joy to see her roaming the shore, smiling the whole time.
Saturday morning was the 5K where we participated as Team Teaster. Unfortunately, we woke to horrible weather; wet, windy and cold. But regardless of the weather, the company was inspiring and it felt so wonderful to contribute to such a worthy cause for some very deserving individuals.
We may have been one of the very last few to cross the finish but we finished nonetheless and that's all that matters. Just very grateful to have a daughter who could cross the finish on her own two feet...
Later that afternoon, we took Oia to the Virginia Aquarium. I had hoped she would be more interested in the exhibits and sea life than she was - not sure if it was a vision thing, maybe the dim lighting made it difficult for her to see the marine life inside the tanks or perhaps aquariums just aren't her thing. Hard to say but I'm glad she was exposed to the experience anyways.
Since the weather was so cold, it pretty much forced us indoors for the remainder of our stay. To end our Saturday, Rob took Oia swimming in the hotel pool and she had a ball, squealing and splashing about the entire time.
Our family needed this brief escape from within the bubble of everyday life. It felt so refreshing to get away, even if it was only for two and a half days. A room with an ocean view and quality time has a family was just the medicine we needed.