So, we don’t normally post tons of personal photos here, but our St. George Island beach vacation was just so beautiful. This was the first time we’ve taken a “real” family vacation with our two boys (who are now 5 and 3). Max’s parents came with us, and it was incredible to have a couple of extra hands around! We rented a little bungalow right on the water and spend the mornings and evenings watching dolphins swim by.
Although we have taken shorter trips with the kids, this was the first time that a family vacation felt truly enjoyable. Past “vacation” highlights include a toddler that wanted to be awake from 2 am – 5 am, a baby who came down with HFM with a super high fever, attempting to travel with 90 pieces of kid-gear, changing diapers every hour, leaving museums after 10 minutes to nurse, and on and on.
I always knew (or desperately hoped) that things would get easier, and they officially have. Our kids did great on the 12 hour drive to Florida. They actually slept all night for the entire vacation and we didn’t need to bring 90 pieces of kid-gear with us! Jack fell in love with boogie boarding and we ate dinners outside at the picnic table with no one needing stitches! Not even one! Charlie wasn’t the biggest fan of the beach, and one morning told Max, “I do not like the beach. I do not like the sand or the water. I do not like the sun, and I do not like the wind,” but hey, at least we could reason with him and say things like, “I’ll give you extra ice cream after dinner if you come sit in the cabana with me!!”.
I’m just feeling so excited to get back to traveling. After this vacation, I feel like we have a few extra folks in the family who will be excited to travel too. Thanks to Joel Sager for the amazing recommendation of SGI, we are already looking at the calendar for next spring.