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!

Could fit overhead.

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.)

Oh technology how I love thee.

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.

whoa.

Meanwhile, Darby snuck an airport cat nap. SO JEALOUS.

Airport naps.

Beach Time

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.

Diggin it.

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.

Beach dance?

My kids are pretty good at going hard and then chilling. I appreciate this.

Chill.

Alone Time

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!

First movie!

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.)

A walk with my girl.

But then we got back and she stole her older cousin’s lipstick and had a day with it.

Lipstick stealer.

But, Darby is already a beach pro for sure. She can relax with the best of them.

Lounging.

The Food

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.

Yas.

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:
Medicate,
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

6 comments on “To Take a Vacation

  1. I remember those days well, it’s a lot different when they become teens, and now that mine are university students – they don’t travel with us any longer. I haven’t had a relax and sit on the beach type of “vacation:” in years, although I do live near the beach in New Zealand.

  2. Your kids are adorable! We just wrapped up our weekend vacation which was a camping trip. Our almost 3 year old swam for the first time and kept telling me to let him go, so I know commiserate with having an overconfident kid.
    Have fun with the movies – we just saw Lego Batman with our 5 year old and next week we’re seeing Paddington 2. I seriously haven’t seen this many movies in the theater since before I was pregnant.

  3. Wow! We travel a lot and even without kids it’s exhausting!! Also, bacon-wrapped shrimp skewers are now very high on my ‘must make’ list…

  4. Looks like you had an amazing vacation! We travel a lot with our kids, we did 8 months around the world when they were 3 and 5 years old so I can relate to a lot of this (especially the clear Italian ice – I’m still trying to get chocolate gelato stains out of t-shirts!) We must check out the US east coast beaches at some point!

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