Friday, September 26, 2014

Beach weekend!!

We hit the beach last weekend for first time since our move! Despite very windy weather and cloudy skies, we had a blast! Olivia woke up Monday morning and told me she was "Beach know like home sick but for the beach!" Ha! Here's how the weekend unfolded:

Everyone said it is about an hour and a half to the beach, and we chose the closest one: Carolina Beach near Wilmington, but the drive ended up taking more like three and a half hours due to traffic and stops. So, we didn't get there until around dinner time on Friday evening. We told the kids we could put our feet in the water...but that, of course, let to getting shorts wet and they wanted to take them off. It's good to be a two year old or a four year old when that is still acceptable!

We ate in, enjoyed the condo, and played board games that were there--Cars Monopoly and Candy Land. We went to bed early and got up early. The kids slept better than I expected, but not as well as I had hoped! We hit the beach early because it was threatening rain. They loved building sand castles and the sand was perfect for it. Of course, they liked building sand castles for different reasons!

We went back in for breakfast and then back out before lunch for more running in the ocean--there really wasn't much swimming--finding shells, and building sand castles. Then we went to the aquarium (NC Fort Fisher, which was just a few miles from our hotel)...partly because I couldn't get Leo to take a nap and we needed a distraction. He wasn't in the best of moods...

 until we found the playground!

The butterflies in the butterfly house loved Nicholas! Olivia loved that stop, too! I ushered Leo out to the car, where he did take a nap. He slept so well that I took him from the car to the tenth floor of our building without waking him! Score!

While Leo and I napped, Nicholas and Olivia hit the indoor pool. Then we headed back to the beach one more time after dinner. It never did rain (much) and we got to see a wedding on the beach. The bride was very gracious about us building sand castles near her pictures!

Sunday morning, of course, the sun came out! It was glorious!! And it made us all want to stay another night! 

While Leo and I waited for Nicholas and Olivia to wake, we did puzzles (the second picture is Leo's "silly face"), read books, and ...

Surfed! There were some guys surfing in the ocean, so Leo had to emulate!

 The kids and I hit the beach one more time while Nicholas got us packed up to go. That was the best beach part of the trip--the wind had died down, the water felt good, and we got as close to swimming as we could--all the way in jumping over waves! Ahh! It was fun and made me nostalgic for the beach with my Dad from way back when!

We had so much fun! The kids had a blast! Thanks, Nicholas, for taking us and being a great sport even though the beach isn't really your thing! Until next year.... (I guess we will see how Baby is...)


  1. I'm so sorry I didn't see this earlier. It looks like you had a fun-filled weekend! I love the picture of you!!! I am also impressed with all the activities in the area. Hooray for vacations!