Monday, August 1, 2016

Beach Trip 2016

We went on our first vacation as a family of four last week!  B and I were both a little apprehensive about this year's trip to the beach, but it went SO well.  The girls did great traveling.  It was a different kind of trip as far as it required a bit more daily planning than normal (adjusting and planning for Harper's naps and feeding schedule, etc.) and I didn't get to spend quite as much time on the beach as I would have liked, but that's just the stage of life we're in right now.  We had such a great time! 

Aniston had lots of fun playing on the beach and in the lazy river and pool...and Harper enjoyed people watching and eating graham crackers. :)

We went to Drunken Jack's one night for dinner.  It's one of our favorite places (thanks to Kesha, who introduced use to it years ago...and when I think about how many years ago, I feel really old. ha!).  Our waiter was the sweetest man.  He talked and played with the girls, and brought them the cutest pirate hats.

We took the girls to Build a Bear while we were there.  I've written about Aniston's love of stuffed animals and Build a Bear before.  This was Harper's first trip, and Aniston was all too happy to show Harper the ropes.  She decided they should have Elsa and Anna bears (because, hello, Frozen) instead of Paw Patrol dogs.  I was completely fine with that, since buying the pups would require not only outfits, but four shoes instead of two (which would really have ended up being eight shoes instead of four since we were clothing two pups) and there has to be a limit to the Build a Bear madness.  Aniston also suggested that Harper's bear (Anna) shouldn't get a dress because Harper licks things and would just lick the dress instead of appreciating it appropriately.  True enough.  Aniston did ask for the bears to have a song put inside, but B quickly nixed that idea because we hear "Let It Go" enough anyway coming from a five year old, a Frozen dress, and a couple of Elsa dolls.  He decided that hearing it from a bear would just be too much.  After thinking about what that would mean for the five hour drive home later in the week, I agreed with him, and Aniston compromised on having a marshmallow scent put inside the bear instead.  Everybody wins at Build a Bear.


When we booked our trip, I bought tickets for Pirates Voyage, a dinner show.  We weren't sure how it would go with Harper, but went ahead and tried it and I'm so glad we did!  Both girls loved it.  Aniston cheered and waved her pirate flag, and Harper squealed and clapped.  We had front row seats (I didn't know that when I bought the tickets, so it was a nice surprise) and the actors stopped by to talk with the girls often.  It was a really fun night.

Harper looks a bit of a mess here!  We had just walked in, her hair was crazy from the wind outside, and we didn't realize she had her paci.  But I LOVE this picture of Aniston, and it captures our family perfectly right now...wild hair, paci, and all.  I'm so thankful for our family, and for a great trip full of fun memories!