We’re baaaack! What a fantastic trip to the beach for our little family. The first thing Shane and I realized was how much we appreciated our parents for taking us on vacations when we were little. It is SO MUCH WORK! I knew this would be the case before we even left, so I wasn’t surprised by the fact that I didn’t get
a ton any feet-up, daquiri-drinking, gossip mag-reading, poolside leisure time. But I was totally ok with that!
The drive down was just pretty uneventful. We hit traffic in northern Virginia on the I-95. Is anyone shocked by this? Anyone? I think it was well over an hour before we had gone like 40-something miles. Brutal. Shane was tasked with staying awake and driving, while I was the radio DJ, the temperature gauge operator, the snack distributor, waste management services, personal entertainer and fallen-toy-fetcher. I actually had a sore neck/back that night from being twisted around from the front seat. But the long drive was all worth it once we arrived at our condo at Mar Vista Grande.
We booked this place through an online travel deal website and it was bigger than what we needed but we loved having all that extra space. The place had three bedrooms and three full bathroom with a full kitchen and living room area. The balcony overlooked the ocean and the entire place was clean and modern. We’ve definitely been spoiled by staying in this fantastic condo. We saved some money by grocery shopping upon arrival and cooking meals at home with the exception of two dinners out. This worked out great for us and allowed us to be on the beach every morning around 8:00 after breakfast. The boys played all morning until we would retreat back inside for lunch around noon. Then nap time rolled around until mid-afternoon. Shane and I would either nap, or sit out on the balcony having wine while the boys were asleep. That was our time to really relax and do nothing. One day we took turns going back down to the beach by ourselves. The afternoon was a well-deserved break for all of us really.
The boys were really funny when we first introduced them to the sand and the water. Wyatt didn’t want to walk on the sand, get sand on his hands or walk in the water by himself. It was really comical. He needed a lot of coaxing and reassuring. This is how Wyatt approaches any new situation, though. He’s very reserved and likes to take it all in carefully before deciding if he likes it. Luckily, after a few hours he was starting to really play with his beach toys and start to run around on the beach. It was really cute to watch. Caleb, on the other hand, loved the waves from the beginning and liked to feel the warm water splash against him. He’d say “AGAIN!” after the waves hit and it was the first time that I knew he would actually tire of the game before the waves let up! The sand took some getting used to for Mr. C but he and Wyatt loved to destroy sand castles as soon as we’d build them!
Here’s a bunch of pictures that pretty accurately sum up our trip:
All in all, we had a fantastic trip. There’s something about watching your family on vacation that just makes my heart burst. There’s no denying that my sweet little babies are real little boys now. I just loved watching them explore, learn and play all week. I came back from this trip a delightful mix of tired but rejuvenated. I felt like our family had grown as a little unit and we created some unforgettable vacation memories! What an awesome time!