**This post is made in sponsorship with Capital One. All content, ideas, and words are my own.**
No matter how much I prepare or try to stay calm, it’s inevitable that when December 1st hits, the siren call for holiday madness rings louder than ever. On the flip side, when January comes, it’s all about hitting the reset button and finding our way back to balance.
Along for the ride is Capital One’s Savor Card because it’s the credit card that rewards us with 4% cash back on dining and entertainment, and for us that means family time! Who doesn’t love that?
Instead of making resolutions and declarations in January, Matt and I move towards refocusing and resetting our lives. This year we are starting a new tradition that I’m super excited about it—kayaking.
We figured what could be more calming than a day out on the water? Up until recently, it was not something we’ve been able to do as family because Connor, our toddler, was too young to kayak. Now that he’s four and without any restrictions, he puts on a life jacket like the rest of us and we head out on the water.
Can I just say—best January reset ever. The kids loved it, especially since we were able to use the peddle kayaks instead of the traditional rowing type. These peddle kayaks, as we were told, tend to be easier for kids but also much more stable and nearly capsize proof.
By the end of it, the kids were rotating various kayaks so that Connor could ride with his brother, and Cole got a chance to ride with Matt and me. These fearless boys hopped kayaks like rocks skipping water—the only problem was when it came time to go back to the docks, no one wanted to leave. But lunch reservations were made and other people were waiting for the kayaks. We did all agree that kayaking once a month was definitely a family activity we could all get used to.
With that we headed out for brunch at the Farmhouse, a small restaurant that does a farm-to-table menu featuring lighter fare compared to all of the heavy food from the recent holidays.
As thankful as I am for all the holiday cheer and the magic of December, I’m just as thankful for the quiet calm January days like this one. Days when being nowhere is the only schedule we have to keep, and the ungraceful rush of muddling through the days quietly fades away.