Family Vacation

Have you ever heard the saying, "I need a vacation from my vacation?"  Well, that sentiment perfectly sums up how I feel after our 9-day road trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina!  While it was so nice to relax, unwind, and unplug for a week, traveling with Will was exhausting, to say the least.  We broke up our drive (yup, we were crazy enough to drive), but that amount of time in the car took its toll on all of us (physically, mentally, and emotionally).  Let me tell you how it went down.

Friday afternoon we drove to southern Illinois to stay with my aunt and uncle overnight, since Matt could only take a half-day.  That was an easy peasy drive, and Will was content for the duration.  He got a little fussy towards the end, but cheered up as soon as we arrived and he was able to get out of his car seat.  Those things are safe as all get out, but so, so restrictive to a little dude's movement.  The next day we drove to Knoxville, and by the time we arrived were too tired to do much but check in to our hotel and eat and 'sleep.'  I use the term sleep loosely, because there wasn't a lot of that to be had on this trip!  William has never been a fan of the Pack and Play for sleeping, and that was all we had...the ENTIRE trip.  Basically, each night would go something like this: put the baby man down at his usual bedtime.  Get awoken between 2 and 5 in the morning to his screams.  Pull him into bed with us.  Matt drifts back into a snoring slumber, while I proceed to get kicked, head butted, and drooled on by our very active sleeper while pretending that I, too, am asleep.  Because Mama is apparently a better cuddler than Daddy.  Le sigh.

So at this point it was Sunday, and we were ready to make the drive to the beach.  But two things stood in our way: we woke up and the car had a flat tire; and then when my mom called to let them know we would be checking in later than expected, they informed us that they didn't have us checking in until Monday afternoon.  So, yeah.  Little hiccup in the plans.

We made the most of it though, and called up some old friends of ours who live is Asheville, North Carolina.  They spent the afternoon taking us to a couple awesome places.  We had amazing tacos (especially the tuna) at Bar Taco, and had the tastiest beers at Burial Beer Co.  Then we wandered around a little bit and spent the night.  All in all, a great way to make lemonade out of some tart ass lemons.  I would love to go back and do another trip to Asheville where we could spend even more time exploring.

Finally, we arrived at our destination, and it was beautiful.  Our place was farther north up the beach, so it was far less crowded than down by the boardwalk, which was teeming with teenagers on spring break.  We were right on the water, and arrived the night of the full moon, which was glorious over the ocean.  The rest of our trip was spent eating great food out and cooking in for dinners and breakfasts, hanging at the beach and the pool, and exploring Brookgreen Gardens (which I highly recommend if you are ever in the area and enjoy green spaces and art).  Myrtle Beach is filled with lots of kitsch, which is normally totally my thing, but it was a bit too crowded with the baby during spring break to venture over to the boardwalk.

Will loved the ocean and the sand, and especially loved swimming in the pool.  He is my little Aquarius, and a water baby through and through.  Matt, who used to be a lifeguard and swim instructor in a past life, even taught the little man to blow bubbles in the water!  He'll be swimming in no time. ;)

So now we are back home, and it's Thursday (which is actually my Friday), but I feel like we are just getting back into the swing of things.  Hashtag first world problems.  We had a beautiful vacation and Easter holiday, and are so thankful we got to do a trip as a family.

How does everyone else do spring break with (or without) kiddos?

It's always a blast trying to get a 14-month-old to pose for a family picture

But sometimes it works out

The whole fam-damily at Burial Beer Co. in Asheville

Ready for the beach

We stopped in Metropolis, IL on the way home to visit Superman

Baby's first Waffle House experience of course had to be documented

Finally out of the car (and clothes) at my aunt and uncle's house


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