Thursday, June 1, 2017

OBX Beach Week!

Last week was our annual Beach Week trip with Mark's family! We're starting to outgrow the little condo we stay in now that we have 2 toddlers and 2 babies filling the space up with all of the things, not to mention vacation with 2 kids is even more work than vacation with one buuttttt its totally worth it.

 We had some rainy days and some really nice beach days. We did some shopping, had a tornado warning one night, and I may have dressed the girls in matching outfits every. single. day.

We worked through some severe toddler anxiety regarding the beach with Reaghan. I wish I could say we overcame by the end of the week, but she was still terrified on our last beach day. Once we were down at the beach for a little while she would slowly start to relax and enjoy herself and even wanted to be carried down to the waves to SEE them {touching the water was out of the question} but her initial reaction at the top of the dunes was to have a meltdown because she was scared. So thats what I mean by work through. It completely caught us off guard because she's been to the beach here at home this season without any issues and even our first beach day on Monday in the OBX she didn't have any anxiety, but when we went back to the beach on Thursday she was a mess. Toddler's are super fun sometimes you guys.

Here's a little recap of our week:

DAY 1:
First Beach Day! It was a little overcast and windy but still fun. 
 Babies did great napping under the umbrella!

DAY 2:
It was chilly and rainy so we decided to go to the aquarium... which apparently was also every other person in the OBX plan as well. The line to get in was ridiculous so we headed to the outlets instead and then enjoyed a relaxing afternoon at the Condo!

DAY 3:
It was chilly and still a little rainy so we decided to wake up early and try the aquarium again. We got there right when it opened this time so no lines! Reaghan was terrified of half of the exhibits. She's not an adventurous kid. haha In her defense the shark in the shark tank was definitely on the creepy side and looked like it was coming right towards her and Mark!  

After the aquarium we walked around Manteo and ate at our favorite sandwich shop, Poor Richards. We played at the park a little bit, got some ice cream, had a delicious seafood dinner that night to celebrate Mark's sister getting Tenure at ODU and then took an evening walk on the beach.

DAY 4:
It finally stopped raining so we were able to enjoy another beach day! This was the day that Reaghan decided she hated the beach! Mark was super daddy and brought down a little blow up pool for the girls to play in and played games with them to help Reaghan focus on anything other than the waves! She eventually asked Mark to take her down to see them and teach her about trusting him. <3

That night we visited a new playground and as soon as we pulled into the parking lot it started to thunder, lightning and down pour! We decided to wait it out and thankfully it passed after 5 minutes. The playground was super wet after that, but we had some towels to dry it off and we still had fun. 

DAY 5:
Another beautiful day! All 4 girls wore flamingo bathing suits so we had to get a picture right?
After dinner we went out and did a little shopping and then came back and let the girls play with the things they got and made necklaces with them. Lilly tried so hard to roll over from back to belly while we were there but just couldn't figure it out!

DAY 6:
Our last beach day! Since this was our 3rd beach day in a row we were starting to get a little beached out, especially with Reaghan still being afraid to leave her towel or chair for most of the time we were there, so we didn't stay too long. We still enjoyed building some sand castles and Lilly loved the little hole in the sand we made for her so she could be propped up and see what was going on. My favorite part of the beach days was honestly bringing the girls in, giving them baths and getting them ready for their naps. There is something so satisfying about clean, sleepy babes. Reaghan was so sweet with Lilly after their baths as they laid on the floor or on the bed together while I showered. I couldn't get enough of it. I just wanted to bottle up those moments. I stared and savored as long as I could and then patted their sweet bums to sleep. 

My in laws went out to dinner at their favorite restaurant that night and we took the kids to a local, more casual seafood place for dinner. After dinner we went to Tshirt Whirl to pick out custom OBX shirts. Reaghan and Brooklyn liked watching the Tshirt press. And we ended our last night with a walk on the beach. Mark wins super daddy of the year again for always carrying Reaghan on our walks since she was too scared to walk by herself. Granted she's a petite little thing, but she still gets heavy after a while!

I'm so thankful for our chance to spend time with family and relax with some sunshine and sand in our toes! It's the perfect way to kick off summer.  

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