Hello! We are back from our annual vacation to Wildwood Crest, NJ!
It was a good trip, and of course, it’s always nice to have some extra time with family while we’re there. We lucked out with some really awesome weather, and spent almost everyday out on the beach or at the pool.
Our typical daily routine would be wake up, make coffee, and have breakfast while relaxing in the house for a bit.
From there, the boys would play, we’d get snacks and lunches packed, everyone would get on suits and sunscreen and we’d make our way down to the beach!
Both of the boys loved the sand and the water this year, and they even made some friends a few different days, which was so nice to have something (and someone!) else to keep them entertained for a bit.
I’d say the biggest hit of the beach would have to be the little makeshift pool we ended up making.
We definitely can’t take the credit for this one, since it was a family that was set up next to us who we saw do it first and got the idea from. Thankfully, we found a shower curtain liner at the house we were staying in so we were able to use that to make our own.
The boys absolutely LOVED it!
After a couple of hours of playing, the boys would usually have their packed lunches, and I can’t say enough about these Bentgo Kids Lunch Boxes.
I’ve had one for Lucas for a couple of years now, but just purchased a second one for our trip so I’d have one for each of the boys. They’re super handy!
And, of course, there was the occasional treat from the “Fudgy Wudgy” carts going up and down the beach.
After lunch, I’d bring Alex back up to the room for his afternoon nap, have lunch, maybe squeeze in a little HIIT workout (I managed 3 while we were away, all on Fitness Blender!), or just lounge out on the deck.
We did do one stroller nap day, which was a nice, hour-long walk for me, but the kiddo won’t stay asleep if we stop moving.
I didn’t really mind the break from the beach, so since he got better sleep inside, we just stuck with that for the rest of the week.
By the time Alex was up from his nap, the rest of the fam had typically migrated back up to the pool for the afternoon. This has basically always been our vacation schedule (morning beach, afternoon pool), and it worked out well for everyone. Some days we’d have snacks and a few adult beverages, too, which are always fun (and necessary on vacation, in my opinion).
Right now, the boys are at the ages where vacation absolutely wipes them out (specifically Lucas, since he won’t nap), so by the time dinner rolls around, they’re pretty much done. I never see Lucas as tired as I do when we’re on vacay! So we’d typically cook dinner at the house, hang out on the deck for a bit, put the boys to bed at their usual bedtime, and then the adults would hang out on the deck for some drinks or snacks. I’d love to be able to keep them out later and be able to do some more stuff in the evenings, but right now, they just can’t hang. Eventually!
Our vacations are usually pretty low key, which is honestly fine by me, but we did still have some fun outings. Our first night there, we hit up an awesome beach bar right down the beach from where we stay (The Star Beach Bar), and the boys loved running around and playing games.
We attempted a morning of mini golf with me, Jay, and the boys, but that was pretty much chaos from the minute we stepped on the course. Thankfully, Jay and Lucas were at least able to play while I chased Alex all over creation.
That same evening, we also had a really awesome time on the boardwalk (which also happened to be the one and only day we got Lucas to nap so it worked perfectly!). Alex was just tall enough to go on most rides that Lucas did, and I just loved watching them having such a great time!
We were originally going to try and make it over to the Cape May Zoo like we did last year, but vacation always goes so darn quick that we didn’t get the chance to get there this time. We were also running out of time to make it to The Sea Shell for our massive ice cream sundaes, so we had to slightly improvise this year and Jay and I ran out to pick them up to bring back one night after the boys were in bed.
Mannnn, those things are huge. And I’m not ashamed to say I ate all of it, with the exception of about three bites. Gimme alllll the ice cream!
And even though the boys didn’t get to partake in the massive sundaes, we did bring them out a different night for some of the good stuff.
This picture is from our walk back to the house that particular night, and goodness gracious, I love it.
This year, we remembered that the restaurant is BYOB, so we grabbed a bottle of wine to have with dinner, which included our favorite Mexi sampler…
I went a different route with a filet burrito of some sort, which was good, but I wished I had gotten those delicious tequila fish tacos again like last year. Next time!
Overall, it was a really nice trip, and we were so incredibly grateful to be able to go! BUT, I’d be lying if I said that this vacation wasn’t TOUGH. I always appreciate honesty, and you know I’m all about transparency, so I’ll also add that Jay and I were definitely ready to return home by the end of the week. The majority of our week involved a super cranky, overtired, and particularly defiant older kiddo, while my littlest love decided to go into full out separation anxiety mode. Like, to the point where I now need to stay in the room with him while he falls asleep, or else he loses his mind. I also couldn’t leave his eyesight for pretty much the entire week, without the poor kid going into panic mode. And he’s not dispersing the extra love to both parents, just mom…which makes things rather challenging. But hey, just another phase, with some bad timing!
All of that said, we wouldn’t take back the experience of the trip at all, because that’s what life with littles is all about. Just learning to embrace and navigate the chaos…and making sure you’ve got enough wine and sangria on hand. ; )