Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Living the Beach Life {Virginia Beach Day 3}

When we planned our trip to the beach, our only goal was to relax. We didn't plan any activities other than going down to the beach every day.

Our family is ALWAYS on the go at home.  All we wanted to do was spend a week together without any obligations.  Uninterrupted family time at our favorite location was the only thing on our itinerary.

We stuck with our plan.

We parked the SUV on the day we arrived and it stayed there until we left the hotel on the last day. Our daily routine involved sitting on the balcony sipping coffee and tea in the morning, followed by going down to the dining room for breakfast. We headed to the beach late morning and didn't come in until dinner time.  Every restaurant we went to for dinner was within walking distance.  In the evening, we went to the indoor pool, strolled along the boardwalk, and walked on the beach after dark.

We didn't have a schedule. Our daily activities were spontaeous. We did whatever we wanted to do whenever we wanted to do it!

It was PERFECTION!

Anyway, back to our third day...

Our third day wasn't very exciting.  See, the day before, we spent the entire day at the beach.  I told Grant to put on sunscreen.  And told him again.  And again.  Needless to say, he looked like a lobster by that evening, and wasn't feeling very well on Monday. (I can totally use "I told you so" in this situation!)

After coffee on the balcony and breakfast in the dining room, we headed down to the beach. I mentioned before that the last week of August is the perfect time to go to the beach.  Trust me on this.  It was a Monday morning, and the beach was nearly empty! 

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Watching four kids at the beach is a handful to say the least!  We made sure to sit next to the lifeguard stand every day and go over the safety rules before they started to play. BUT...they all went in their own direction!

Dylan, AKA Mr. Social, immediately made a bunch of friends.  I was constantly scanning the ocean to see where he was. 

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Lexie was finally confident enough to go in the ocean without a parent at her side.  Even though she wore a safety vest and stayed close to the shore, I was still nervous!

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Lily just wanted to sit and build sandcastles for hours (and chase seagulls and pigeons)!

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Liam was like a little toddler tornado.  He was constantly on the move!

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For the first few hours, I spent my time trailing after Phase Two!

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After a few hours, Liam started to get tired.

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Grant was really uncomfortable in the sun, so he took Liam and Lexie up to our room.  Dylan stayed for a while longer, then he headed up, too.  Lily is a beach bum just like me, so we stayed for several more hours.

Lily stayed at my side, building sand castles, so I could finally relax.  This became our routine every afternoon! I could easily sit on the beach for 12 hours.  I'm so glad one of my kids is the same way!

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We went back to the hotel room at dinner time, showered, and got ready to go out to dinner.

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Of course, Lily fell asleep, so we had to postpone dinner a bit!

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That night, we took the kids down to the beach to play at the awesome pirate ship playground in front of our hotel, and strolled the boardwalk a bit.

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By the end of the night, we decided that we're just going to move to the beach.  The beach lifestyle suits our family perfectly!  

SOMEDAY...

What is your favorite vacation spot?



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8 comments:

  1. Your kids are so cute!!

    My favorite vacation spots are the Smoky Mountains, the Rocky Mountains, and the East Coast! I also would like to go to Europe again someday or the Holy Land! :)

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  2. Looks like such a great time was had, I love the beach!!

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  3. Sounds like a fun, relaxing vacation!! Our family loves the beach too!

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  4. Awww, you have such an adorable family. Good for you for making that uninterrupted time a priority! I love the pictures.

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  5. The beach life style definitely seems to suit you well. What a fantastic vacation.

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  6. Fun, fun, fun! I love the picture of Lily asleep. Sleeping kid photos are so sweet!

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  7. Oooo. I LOVE Lexie in a French braid- very pretty on her!!! =)

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  8. Man this is the kind of vacay I need!!! I love your planning on this one - none! Michael can't sit still for more than five minutes at the time so our vacations don't usually involve so much relaxation unfortunately!

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