To Take a Vacation
Let’s all take a minute and appreciate the true love that is involved in my loving wife allowing me to post a photo of her in a bikini on the public internet so that I can show off my sandcastle.
TRUE LOVE, people.
But, also, she looks bangin’ so why not right?
The Macheesmo family took our annual pilgrimage to North Carolina last week to enjoy lots of overcast beach time, but mostly eating good food and relaxing with family and friends.
I thought I’d take a break from recipes and post a few photos from the trip as it was a particularly fun trip with the kiddos this year.
The Beast of Travel
Even if you have relatively smooth travel days, traveling with a 3 1/2 year old and a 20 month old isn’t exactly relaxing. It gets easier each time we do it though thanks to a mix of treats, new toys, technology, and luck.
This year we learned that Darby doesn’t have to be a lap child because she can fit in the overhead container! Yay!
Once we were actually on the plane the kids were very good. Very few outbursts and we were even able to snag 20 minute sections of peace thanks to my idea of buying a headphone splitter so both kids could watch the same episode of Paw Patrol. (PS. I feel like i could write an entire post on my hatred of Paw Patrol.)
To celebrate an unexpected four hour layover in Charlotte, we decided to get drinks. I told Theo if he sat the entire time in his chair he could have a special dessert.
When you promise a special dessert as a parent, you better deliver.
Meanwhile, Darby snuck an airport cat nap. SO JEALOUS.
We finally did make it to the beach though and it was immediately worth it. The kids had so much fun playing in the water, building sand things, and playing with cousins and new friends.
Theo was actually exhausting to watch. He thinks he can swim.
He cannot swim.
The ocean is a scary place for a dad of an over-confident 3-year old.
My kids are pretty good at going hard and then chilling. I appreciate this.
One thing I really wanted to do during the week was to spend some alone time with each kid. They are so different and I rarely get to spend time with just one of them.
Theo and I snuck off one rainy morning for his first real MOVIE! We went to see the new Ant Man which was surprisingly good I thought. He was able to make it through the whole thing and eat an entire package of sour patch kids. So yea… he can do movies now!
For Darby, we did something a bit more chill and went for a long walk down the pier where we got Italian Ice treats. (Pro parent move: If your kid is wearing something cute, ask the server to make a clear Italian ice. Lemonade or pina colada won’t stain.)
But then we got back and she stole her older cousin’s lipstick and had a day with it.
But, Darby is already a beach pro for sure. She can relax with the best of them.
Okay, so we eat well at the beach. Coming from a land-locked state, we try to eat mostly seafood. The only food photo I took all week was of these bacon-wrapped shrimp skewers Betsy’s bro made. YUM.
I’m usually in charge of two dinners for the beach (feeding about 12 adults and a 6 kids). This year I made a pretty solid lightly fried fish taco with pineapple and radish salsa and then on the second night I made some delicious pan-seared scallop sliders to go with homemade clam linguine (made by Betsy’s cousin).
To Take a Vacation
I posted this on Instagram, but I think it’s good enough to re-post here. Sometimes, through all the chaos of life, it’s important to slow down and just take a vacation. It doesn’t have to be to the beach or even a week long, but take some time for yourself and your family.
Just Take A Vacation:
Are you tense,
Are you worn out,
Are your nerves on end,
Can you not remember where you began!
If this is your problem,
The answer is take life easy.
No, wait why don’t you try:
Get a good health plan,
See a doctor,
Take up an exercise program,
Hire a trainer,
Change your job.
Or maybe, just maybe simple solution is
Just take a vacation!
by Nadalia Bagratuni