I had intentions to blog on vacation. I know most of you are probably thinking Whyyyyyy? Well, the answer is because I enjoy blogging. It’s my quiet ‘me’ time. However, vacation has been pretty darn busy. With 6 adults and 5 kids, it’s no surprise there isn’t a lot of down time. Luckily we are really enjoying the chaos.
First I want to say THANK YOU to those that suggested water shoes for Hailey’s beach fears. We didn’t have any, but wearing her sandals has really helped.
Mema brought a blow up pool for the beach. Hailey loved the idea and helped blow it up.
Having her own little area was really nice. I wouldn’t say she loves the beach yet, but she is tolerating it more now.
Have I mentioned that Koda has never been happy? Can I get a high five for off-leash beaches?!
Sure, she drank too much salt water on day one and got sick, but sometimes you have to learn lessons the hard way.
We’ve enjoyed the pool, exploring the island on golf carts and the beach, of course. I tried skim boarding.
I think I managed to skim for 2 seconds total. I still felt like a rock star. Mostly because I managed not to break my neck.
Yesterday we climbed up Old Baldy, the lighthouse on the island.
I forgot I was scared of heights until I was half way up the rickety, tight staircase. The view from the top was worth it though. It is a gorgeous view of the island… that you can’t see at all in this picture, but we took one anyway
Can we also take a second for these two words: MY HAIR. Between the wind and the heat, I’ve been in full Monica Gellar mode.
Still, vacation has been a blast. I feel completely disconnected and I’m savoring that, despite the fact I haven’t done any exercise after that first day, my inbox is currently maxed out and Hailey hasn’t subsided on much more than yogurt, fruit and crackers since we arrived. I think her 2nd year molars are coming in with gusto.
We’ve been making all meals at home, which has been nice. (It is WIAW after all)
Breakfasts are close to typical. (Why yes, I did pack my own sriracha).
With a few not-usually-me treats like Grandpa’s famous grilled sandwiches.
And salads that are 90% chili.
I’ve managed a few veggies.
Perhaps that helps even out the wine?
All in all, we’re having a blast. Vacation with kids isn’t the lazy, meandering relaxation that it used to be, but jam-packing the days full of memories and wearing ourselves out with water gun fights and cannon ball competitions isn’t half bad. Nope, I’d say it’s pretty great.
What are your favorite kind of vacations?
Relaxing, book reading on the beach?
Or go-go-go adventures?