As if returning from vacation wasn’t depressing enough, I’m heading back to work with a cold. Who gets a cold in the middle of summer?!?! I guess I should just be thankful it waited until after vacation to make me miserable. Anyway. We had a really great trip. The boys couldn’t get enough of the pool and were in it nearly every day. S is a crazy daredevil and often attempted to swim on his own and jump in before A and I were nearby to catch him. He’d go under water, emerge coughing, and be ready to do it all again. At one point, A jumped off the diving board and S yelled, “I do it!”. And he did. Two years old. In all honesty, he scares me and I envision a future of extreme sports and broken bones. Yikes.
In addition to the pool, there were several other highlights from our trip. On Sunday, A, S, and myself headed off to Camden Yards to watch the Cubs take on the Orioles. We purchased a ticket for W, but he insisted that baseball was “too long and too loud” and didn’t want to attend. We didn’t want to force him to participate in an activity he wasn’t interested in (and knew he’d just complain if we made him come with us) so he stayed with my mom. We had so much fun at the game. As always, A found great seats for us and we got to see Quintana’s debut as starting pitcher for the Cubs. Our section even had an area where you could go inside and cool off while watching the game on tv. Very neat. S was wonderful and seemed to enjoy the game and solo time with mom and dad. My mom told me that W was awesome and really enjoyed hanging out with the adults.
On Tuesday, the four of us headed out on a little road trip to Bethany Beach, DE. I chose this spot for a few reasons. W mentioned wanting to go to the beach awhile ago and this was rated as a great family beach. I’ve also never been to Delaware and was excited to check it off the list (I’d love to spend time in all 50 states at some point). The area happened to have a great little boardwalk/downtown area with shops and restaurants. I absolutely loved it. Our hotel was beautiful and our room overlooked the beach. We could open the sliding door and literally walk out onto the beach. It was perfect. I was a little nervous about how all of us would sleep in the hotel room, but we did just fine. We spent all of Wednesday on the beach and walked around the boardwalk a bit in the evening. A even ventured out and found a funnel cake sundae for dessert one night. The weather was beautiful and this was the highlight of the trip for me.
We headed back to Maryland on Thursday and the boys were absolutely perfect in the car. The roadtrip we attempted last year was a complete disaster, but this one could not have gone better. What a difference a year makes!
Friday, A and I headed to a One Republic concert in VA. They are my favorite group and the concert made me love them even more. It was wonderful to have a date night with A and we really enjoyed each other’s company.
In between our adventures and pool time, we enjoyed my uncle’s amazing cooking, played bags, looked at the stars one night, walked around my aunt’s giant house/property, and the boys enjoyed playing on the porch. It was a really great trip, and as is the case every year, I’m sad it’s over. Also worth noting, the boys were perfect on the airplane. So thankful for opportunities to travel. I hardly went on vacation as a child so I really appreciate these experiences with my little family and the boys really seem to enjoy these adventures too.