Monday, August 25, 2014
No Place like Home
Isn't the Monday after vacation the worst? I was originally going to extend our stay, but it became a bit of a logistical nightmare since we only had one car and the Husband had to be back for work today. Being stranded without carseats wasn't really a great plan, so back we came on Saturday so we'd have Sunday to catch up and regroup and it was worth it. Laundry away, fridge restocked, house picked up and nothing but sweet memories to clog everyone's IG feeds with instead of a to-do list to stress over.
It was an awesome week back in my hometown of Ocean City, NJ. Since my parents have moved away, I haven't been back for an extended stay in years. Usually just day trips or a night spent at a friends, and we haven't been down together since our Anniversary two years ago when we brought little baby A with us.
The highlights included:
The most amazing August weather you could dream of. Only Friday was less than a beach day, but no rain, low humidity, and mostly sunny skies all week.
Big girl bed. I'd be lying to say that I wasn't stressing having Ashlynn sleeping in a twin bed for the first time. Not only were we going to be in a new place, but a new bed. I was fully expecting a long first night (if not multiple) of getting up, lots of requests, and possibly even having to sit with her until she fell asleep. We brought along her light up lady bug and tot clock for familiarity and routine. We tucked her in, said good night, crossed our fingers and shut the door. We didn't see her until morning when she called for mommy just like I asked her to. Color us shocked. She slept like that every night and every nap except for one night where she woke around 11pm and asked me to stay for a bit. Of course, Kenley the one I was banking on sleeping easy, started cutting a tooth and basically slept in two hour stretches the majority of the week.
Passing the torch. Getting to relive my own childhood through my children makes my heart burst. Toes in the ocean, sandcastles, boardwalk rides, swinging and sliding on the same playgrounds I once lived for and of course, ice cream cones. Ashlynn seriously had the best day ever, every single day. She was a busy as a bee and happier than a clam. While we suffered the occasional toddler selective hearing, we didn't experience any tantrums, and she was truly a joy to watch.
Food. I took my family and in laws on a tour of some of my favorites eats around (and off) the island, and luckily I didn't disappoint. Whew. Nothing like having your favorites that smell and taste exactly as you expect them too. And having your Father in Law exclaim that he's had the best hoagie, best quesadilla (lobster and crab), and best peanut butter sundae EVER, definitely makes you feel like the hype you gave it all was worth it.
And with that, it's a detox week around here. We already changed Ashlynn's crib to a toddler bed and Kenley will hopefully get her sleep back on track, she beasted both her naps yesterday. Ashlynn starts preschool next week, so we'll be squeezing what we can out of summer before it's gone!