Six years ago my parents rented a house on a secluded, low-key island and invited all of the kids, significant others, and dogs to join. It was the perfect vacation spot for our ever-growing family and one we’ve continued to return to year after year. Now, four weddings and two babies later (with two more on the way!) it’s our favorite little piece of paradise that I can’t wait to continue to share with the next generation.
We had our annual trip to our favorite island over the long holiday weekend and it was just what the doctor ordered. Last year I was 20 weeks pregnant with Annalynn. This year I had the opportunity to introduce her to one of my favorite places.
Clearly she was impressed. Ha!
My little fish loves the water and basically had her mind blown at the beach. Water! Sand! Toys! What more can a girl ask for?!
(p.s. all swimsuits are iPlay!)
She also got to hang out with Cousin Owen, which was super adorable. Owen was practicing his big brother skills by bringing her toys, sharing his snack, and telling her stories. Like I said, SUPER adorable.
This was our biggest vacation to date with Annalynn (4 nights!) and, while we really enjoyed ourselves, I’m not sure we could do longer than that. Annalynn slowly regressed with sleeping in the pack ‘n’ play (I even bought a really comfy mattress pad cover for it!) and by the end she wasn’t having it at all. I can’t tell you how happy we were to have her back in her own bed tonight.
Despite the sleep regression, our house on the beach served as the perfect spot to vacation with little ones. We could set up the big tent on the beach in the morning, then return home as needed for naps, food, a break, etc. without having to pack everything and have everyone else return with us. We were also able to move at “island time” which meant there was no need to rush out anywhere and no set schedules to abide by. The house was even big enough to give the little ones there own play space without stepping on everyone’s toes.
We head back to reality in the morning. I’m already counting down to next year’s trip!