It’s been so long since my family has gone on vacation together! I mean years… Between the business of life, schedules, finances, and plain and simply just not allowing ourselves to take the time to just do it and go, it was time! My parents graciously reserved a condo for us all at Sea Colony and we absolutely loved it there. We went in the third week of September when peak season was over, which, for us, was the perfect time to go. The beaches were quiet, the sun was still shining, the temperatures were perfect, and everything just felt so right. Going in the middle of the summer when there are so many people, parking lots are packed, cars are flying up and down Coastal Highway, and the beaches are swarming with peoples isn’t necessarily our idea of a relaxing vacation. :)
Tyler and I were so excited to take Bax to the beach for the first time! He doesn’t like to swim but we knew he’d love visiting a new place because he’s always up for an adventure. :) He was all stoked and ready to go with his bandanna and bags packed!
Our trip down was great… we always love crossing over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge especially when the weather is nice!
My parents are so cute, they were outside of the condo building waiting for us to arrive and help us with our things!
Our place was so adorable, fresh, clean, and had the perfect amount of space for us!
That evening after we settled in and enjoyed a spaghetti dinner together, we went out onto the beach! It felt so good to have our toes in the sand and have the entire beach to ourselves. Sea Colony’s beach is private so we were literally the only ones out there and it was awesome.
Seeing Baxter’s face was hilarious! He looooved bolting around the beach and would run into the surf but then quickly get scared of the water and charge back out pretending he wasn’t afraid at all, it was adorable. Little by little he’d get more and more adventurous with the water but he’s only 30 lbs so we didn’t want him going too far in! But luckily he stayed close. It was so much fun. My parents got Tyler a Spider Man kite lol so we flew that and just hung out together… it was so nice!
I woke up and watched the sun come up over the ocean every single morning which was incredibly nurturing for my soul… The sun rises were absolutely beautiful!
Dad had cooked so much for us, something he loves to do. He made his famous french toast, which was amazing as always… We spent our time reading, walking the beach, lounging, and just enjoying being together.
Mid week, Mary and Gordon came down to visit and so we exchanged portraits together on the beach and went out to dinner afterwards! We had such a great time with them!
Aunt Bonnie and Uncle Rich also got a place for the week so we had fun with them too! The tidal pool was up all week long so we enjoyed just sitting our chairs right in it while we soaked up the sun!
We were also able to see our good friends the Reeses, midweek, and all go out to dinner together!
We spent some time at the end of the week taking family pictures on the beach! Uncle Rich found a blow fish! My parents had celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary during the week so it was special for me to take a few nice pictures of them. :)
We feel so blessed to have such a wonderful family with whom to spend time like this. We felt so refreshed coming back home, and can’t wait to be back hopefully next year! We are so grateful for this time spent together!