Well, it has finally happened. I have completely settled in to living on a boat, and I know this because we actually left Kyrie and went on a short vacation for Easter. We spent Easter itself with my parents and sister in Newport, on the Oregon coast, and then drove inland to Newberg (no wonder my kids can never remember who lives where!) to visit a bunch of Joe's family and celebrate his niece's first birthday by going to a Portland Trailblazers game! On a side note, that game was awesome. We reserved one of the skyboxes and let me tell you, with 15 people, 5 of which were children under 9, that was a great way to watch the game.
It was funny because I remember each night we were away I was thinking, "Gosh, I miss my bed." It also felt a little weird to be sleeping somewhere that didn't move around! Michael Robertson, a writer and cruiser aboard Del Viento wrote a great article a couple of years ago about caring for your cruiser and while it's somewhat tongue-in-cheek, there is a lot of truth to it! We've only lived on Kyrie for a little over two months, but I can identify with some of the suggestions already. The one about sleeping arrangements cracked me up. At my parents' house, we slept on a hide-a-bed, which was hilariously sloped toward the middle, but at least there was space around the sides. At Joe's grandparents' house, I made some comment about how the bathroom was bigger than our galley and dining area combined!
Although we had a lot of fun and it was hard leaving everyone, it was amazing to me how much I was looking forward to getting home. It really is true that there's no place like home, whether said home has a solid foundation in the ground, or it floats in a harbor.