Friday, June 21, 2013

Beach vacation

Hey everybody!  So, I mentioned in Tuesday's post that part of the reason I've been MIA was that we were on vacation!  And not just any vacation, our first family vacation in FOUR YEARS!!  Kinda a big deal.  We snuck away for a week to the Outer Banks with some amazing friends, and it was great!

It was a 13 hour drive, which had us nervous.  Not only has it been a looooooong time since we traveled, this was our first time driving with a toddler.  Tip #1- when possible, do most of your driving at night!  We left around midnight, got in about 2:00pm, and Gage was an ANGEL!  He was oh so good, and we were oh so thankful :)  Of course, the occasional bribe with a Hot Wheels car never hurts ;)

We stopped at a rest stop, where bean managed to blow out his brand new flip flops before we even made it to the beach.

Our first day was spent relaxing, eating good food, and heading to bed early.  The next morning, we went for an early walk down to the beach! 

It was a foggy first day, but that didn't stop us!

We took beanie to the beach once last summer, and it was a disaster!  He was too little, the sand was blowing everywhere, it was a mess.  Needless to say, I had my fingers crossed that this time, he would love it.  And love it he did!

Caught them napping one afternoon, so cute :)

Our little guy was a beach fan!  Tip #2- be prepared to be very active!  Vacationing with a toddler isn't the same as vacationing with just adults.  Gage was constantly running into the waves, eating sand, playing, running up the beach.  It made for so many sweet moments, like this.  It also made for very little time just lounging in a beach chair :)

And then there was the food!  I didn't take pictures of everything we ate, but now I kinda wish I had.  We gorged ourselves on delicious treats all week, like these Duck Donuts.  Hot, and made to order.  Doesn't get any better than that!

Fresh watermelon!  So sweet and delicious.

A little boogie board action!  We made some amazing new friends while on vacay (hi Sandy!) and Gage had a blast!  I don't have any pics (bad blogger, bad!)  but Dano was also a HUGE fan of boogie boarding.  The waves were awesome, and he spent hours out there enjoying them.

Pretty sweet set up!  The last couple of days out there, it was hot.  Which made the sand MOLTEN.  So we were especially thankful for this bit of shade :)

How awesome is this?  One of the restaurants we checked out, the Black Pelican, was visited by Guy Fieri!  The food was incredible, and the place was packed. 

Riding a bike that was at our sweet beach house.  I think this may be on the list of birthday gifts for little man!  He was obsessed!

After a great week away, we were ready to come home.  The change of scenery, not to mention having hubs around all day, everyday, was amazing.  And after recharging our batteries, I was excited to jump back into the routine of everyday life.  They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, right?

Now we are getting back into normal life, and trying to plan for the summer.  Oh and a baby.  Need to get prepared for another little one :)  I feel like the next six months are going to FLY by!  Hang on!

1 comment:

  1. Your little man is so cute! How did you get your beach shelter to stay put in the ocean breezes?