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! 

11 comments:

  1. So sweet :) Looks like you had so much fun!
    XO Kelly
    www.dettecakes.com

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  2. So glad you had an amazing time and very interesting about A sleeping in the twin bed no problem! We are starting to think about that transition and we're totally freaked out about it!

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  3. I'm so happy to hear you guys had a nice trip! I'm craving a crab & lobster quesadilla now -- sounds like a dream! I am totally scared to put O in a toddler / twin bed. I'm positive it would throw a wrench in our"put yourself to sleep" night time routine.

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  4. My parents have a house in Ocean City. We love it there too! Carter is obsessed with the beach house and rides and mini golf and the boardwalk...he can't get enough! I'd love to know your favorite spots for playgrounds and yummy foods!!!

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  5. Oh man! What a fun getaway and yay for A in her big girl bed! Hopefully she continues to do well! I am so excited for Ellie to get a little older so she can really communicate with us. She is cutting what I believe is a molar and her sleep has been interrupted. Hopefully it will go back to normal soon!!

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  6. I seriously was so nervous about it! I can't believe how smoothly its gone! Right now she's in the converted crib, but I think the plan will be to have her in a twin by the time she turns 3. She fits fine in the toddler bed and we have a few other rooms we want to focus on first ;)

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  7. I'll try to put together a post of some of my favorites! I really took growing up there for granted, seriously miss it so much!

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  8. Totally get it, don't fix what's not broken! When people were switching their kids beds before they even turned two I was like "hold up! no way i'm having my kid call the shots on naps and wake ups!" But luckily with our clock (tot clock) she still follows the concept. The last two mornings (and on vaca) she waited until it turned yellow until calling me to get her. And I think it worked so well on vaca because she was so worn out each night from all the excitement :)

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  9. That's awesome A did so well in a twin bed. We had a similar situation while staying at my parents for the weekend and Tyson did awesome in the bed. Looking forward to getting him transitioned too. Any other tips..? Sounds like a great vacation!! :)

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  10. Sounds like a great vacation!!! Sometimes it's fun to go back to where you grew up and do all those fun activities. I took Seth to San Francisco a couple years ago and it was fun to play tourist. Something you never really do when you live somewhere!

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  11. Exactly. There are so many things I refused to do growing up, or never have because they are "shoobie things" (tourists), but I know we'll probably do them in the future. My teenage too-coolness has worn off, I'll do whatever brings a smile to my kids' faces!

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