It feels like a lifetime since I've been in blogworld. How is everyone doing?! My Bloglovin' feed is ridiculously full and maybe one day I'll catch up with everyone else, but I'm not making any promises. ;) Jared, T and I went on our first family vacation last week to the Outer Banks/Nags Head North Carolina area. We rented a big house right on the beach with 7 of Jared's immediate family members and it was certainly a memorable week.
We had beautiful weather all week with really only one overcast day in the entire vacation. Having a place right on the beach definitely made it easier with a one-year-old. It wasn't too far of a walk to get him back in the house to get cleaned up, eat and take a nap a couple times a day. T really was a trooper the whole trip. He loved the sand and the pool and the ocean.
However, just because he loved the atmosphere did not mean I had a vacation- HA! To everyone who told me it's totally worth it to take little ones on vacation, I'm doubting you today. Did I love seeing my little guy experience the ocean and sand for the first time? YES. It was adorable. Did I also love getting to be with Jared for a whole week and no work? YES. A hundred times yes. But goodness gracious I AM BEAT. It was just as much work (if not more) having a kiddo on vacation. And I won't even get into the roadtrip there (bad) and the roadtrip home (beyond terrible) sooo yeah. Jared and I are good with not traveling again for awhile ;)
While in no way was that trip relaxing, I still indulged in delicious food all week both at our beach house and at a couple fun restaurants. Shout-out to Sooey's BBQ and their crew who made us feel like family by the time we left our dinner. They actually took my brother-in-law back in the kitchen/grill area so he could see the "meat pit" where the magic happens, haha.
There were late-night hot tub talks, mexican food, ladder ball and lots of laughter throughout the week. We also took an hour or so after dinner one night to walk the dunes that were right down the street from our beach house. It was a hike but totally worth it for the views!