September 2, 2011

HH '11

I took a little blogging vacation, but much to the grandparents excitement (and maybe 1 or 2 others), the Adventures finally continue....

We took our first (and possibly only) trip to the beach a couple weeks ago.  The 4 of us as well as Aunt CaCa and Uncle Nick stayed in Nick's family's 2 bedroom condo at Hilton Head.  Four adults and 2 kids in a small two bedroom place....needless to say I don't think we will be getting an invitation back anytime soon!  Ryan and I are used to the fact that our lives center around our kids right now and we've learned that sometimes we have to sacrifice our own personal comforts in order to make things better for our children.  Catherine and Nick are awesome with the boys and love them to death.... but lets face it....they're young newlyweds and probably don't look forward to vacations where they have to share a room with a 2 year old who wakes up at 7am and then never quits talking or wanting them to play with him all day.  They also sometimes underestimate the volatile nature of a child in his "terrible twos" who is sleep deprived and doesn't like to hear the word "no."  Finally, they probably didn't completely understand that you can't take your eyes off a toddling 15 months old.....ever!  Catherine and Nick, we love y'all dearly, but we understand if you never want to vacation with us again!

Other than the tight living quarters and exhaustion from keeping up with 2 wild kids in new surroundings, we had a really fun time!  Owen was a total beach baby although he definitely preferred sand to sea.  When he wasn't wondering off down the beach, eating sand, taking our room key to random strangers or chasing down birds, he was most likely carrying around his yellow shovel and splashing through tide pools.  He loved the freedom and space, especially when the tide was out and we had the entire beach to ourselves.

Austin loved the beach on the first day but could take it or leave it after that.  The ocean kind of scared him when he went in too deep and the waves started coming.  He also didn't like getting sand all over him.  He loved to make Ryan build him tons of sandcastles, however, just so he could stomp them all down.  His favorite part of the entire trip was the two rounds of putt-putt and arcade games we played.  He did have several fun moments on the beach though running around with Owen, chasing the frisbee and flying the kite.

If we thought a beach vacation with a 1 and 2 year old was crazy....I can't wait until next year!!!

1 comment:

Susan Banks said...

Yeah!! The grandparents are so excited--we LOVE more photos and your blogging!!! Makes our day!!! Thanks for taking the time--we feel like we are a part of your everyday life and not just a part-time visitor!!! So wish we all lived closer--you and Ryan could do lots more stuff together while Jo Ann, Gordon and I keep those sweet boys!!! Oh, well---we will take a photo or two and a blog anyday!!!


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