Monday, July 9, 2012

Vacationing and Toddlerhood

There are days where I feel like all I do is say "No" and many of those "No's" are to the exact same action over and over again. Today is one of those days. I have literally had to stop what I was doing and pray for patience. 

Toddlerhood is one crazy beast for sure. The trying times are abundant, but thankfully they are balanced with equally abundant if not even more bountiful precious moments that instantaneously make you forget how hard this stage can be. 

A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to go on a vacation with my family. I chuckle when I describe this as a vacation because in all honesty, the toddler factor actually ended up making it quite a bit of work too. That said, I could not imagine a beach vacation without this little guy. He also made it a ton of fun!

Ethan was in love with the beach this year. He surprisingly didn't mind be covered in sand and never even got upset if it got in his eyes. He helped me put on his sunscreen everyday and was determined to swim in the big pool like all the big kids. 

He learned to kick and splash. He even tried to pick up a beach girlfriend or two although they were a bit too old for him. We have determined his type to be Barbie doll look a-likes. And this little guy? He is one picky man. Not just any blonde will do lol. He would smile real big and wave with both hands doing his best to melt their hearts. I think we might have a little heartbreaker on our hands one day.

Even though this vacation had its fair share of pits full of 4AM wake up calls and nights where no one got to peacefully eat their dinner, we did manage to have an abundance of fun. I'm slowly learning how to manage this beast called toddlerhood. I'm doing my best to embrace the precious moments, to really soak them up and learning to go more with the flow. 

It should be interesting to see what the next year brings with two in tow. While I know it won't be "easy", I am sure that it will be full of fun and precious moments that I will not want to forget. 


  1. I am looking forward to taking Jamie to the beach some day! But I too have quickly learned a vacation with a toddler is often no vacation at all!!

    Glad you were able to overlook some of the road blocks and enjoy yourself!

  2. Toddlerhood really is a beast. But those moments of happiness Certainly outshine the beastly ones. We seem to be having this same emotional back and forth at our house these days.

    Love these photos. Looks like a wonderful trip, even if it shouldn't technically qualify as a vacation :)

  3. Thatcher loves blondes - ha!

    And I totally agree - we are just back from our beach "vacation" which also involved leaving dinner one night. And Thatcher hates sunscreen on his face.

  4. Love the last picture- too cute :)

  5. Interestingly enough, we have had one of "those days" at our house today too!! Whew! It's definitely not an exaggeration to say you need to say a prayer for just a little more patience... LOVE your vacation photos!! It looks like you all had so much fun! :)

  6. I think having a toddler on vacation can be a lot of work, too! We got back a couple of weeks ago - my biggest concern was that we made sure we stuck to our skipping naps! I knew if we skipped them, we would be paying for them later! I love all the take GORGEOUS photos!

  7. I'm on week 2 of toddler and newborn vacation. NOT how I used to vacation and certainly not easy, but, as you said, it's worth it to see the joy in the new experiences. All I have to tell you about next summer is that it's virtually impossible to get a cute family photo. You'll see some of ours next week on the blog- they're pretty much all outtakes :) I cannot imagine how ridiculous our Christmas card is going to be this year!

  8. I love your go with the flow mentality and that for you( like me) it's a learning process!) Vacations, well full family vacations, will never be the same with perhaps a bit more chaos but you are right, lots more love too!

  9. aaww...I love all of your pics - Ethan is such a cutie and a sucker for blondes...who knew?!?! Toddlerhood is certainly a challenging time but I'm trying to just go with it...some days are better than others:)

    Glad you guys had a good vacation!!!


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