We went on our last family vacation of Summer last week. So bittersweet. We went to my grandparent’s house in Jacksonville again because we did not get to do everything we wanted to last time we were there. Unfortunately, it rained nearly every day we were there again this trip, but we still had a lot of fun. We went to a family member’s neighborhood pool where they have the best kid pool. My kid’s had a ball there. We also went back to the awesome park with a splash pad that day and they had so much fun. Man, it’s good to be a kid, isn’t it? I totally took it for granted.
This weekend, we went to south Alabama to celebrate my aunt’s big birthday! I videoed the big surprise on my insta-stories. It was in a beautiful barn and was such a gorgeous set-up. It was truly a beautiful escape for the evening and the kids enjoyed running around with their cousins. On Saturday, we got up and drove to Birmingham to take the kids to the McWane Center. It was a big surprise for the kiddos because they have never been, but I’ve been wanting to take them for months. There is a big dinosaur exhibit there now and Hamp has a huge fascination with dinosaurs, so it was pretty perfect for him!
After spending nearly two weeks indoors due to rain, we went to my grandparent’s house in Jacksonville Beach! They live about five minutes from the beach and we absolutely love the city, so going down there is always such a treat. There are countless things to do with the kids and that makes it fun for our whole family. We already have another trip planned in July and have a list of new things to do and places to explore.
One thing on my list of goals for the new year is to travel with Ryan a good bit more. He travels about two or three times a month and gets to see the coolest places. Jackson Mississippi has been named the “City with Soul” for a reason. This up and coming city is a great destination for anyone who enjoys experiencing different cultures, music, food, arts and more! The city was actually built on top of one of the oldest volcanos. From old distilleries to blues clubs, there is something for everyone!
After asking what you guys wanted to see on the blog, several of you said you wanted to see some July 4th fashion (which I have put under my Shop tab for you to easily shop) and my beach bag essentials. I loved asking what you wanted to see because I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to post with it being a holiday weekend. I know any of you are traveling and taking time off, so thank you for stopping by here in the meantime!
We just got back from the beach a couple of days ago, and since we’ve been back, all I can think about it our next beach trip in a couple of weeks! It’s a sickness, really, but I am drawn to the ocean. If we could live in Florida, we would be there in a heartbeat. It’s so peaceful and fun and relaxing and makes me so happy. I think it’s safe to say that it has rubbed off on Sophie, too. She wasn’t really sure about the sand at first but after about two seconds, she was running wild! I love her free spirit.
So, my beach bag essentials are simple, really. I don’t like to overcomplicate things and I honestly try to pack as light as possible for myself because I have to make room for sippy cups and diapers, these days. So, here are my essentials:
If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw some of my insta-stories from our vacation! We had such a fun time with Ryan’s family down in Panama City, Florida! We stayed in the cutest pink beach house that was one block from the ocean! It was perfection. After watching the tropical storm roll in throughout the week, we were a little nervous about how much sun we would actually see, but it turned out to be a gorgeous weekend!
This weekend, we had the privilege of celebrating my grandparent’s 60th wedding anniversary! SIXTY years, y’all. It’s kind of a big deal. Especially this day in time. They wanted the entire family to celebrate with them, so me and all 30-something cousins loaded up and traveled to Callaway Gardens in Georgia for the weekend.
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This spring and summer, I am very excited to do a little bit of traveling! We have a trip coming up later this month, one in May, and two possible trips in June! I love to travel, and while we haven’t done as much exploring since we have had kids, we are trying to make more of an effort this year – even if that means we take them with us! You may recall that we just took a road trip over spring break to Florida. Seven hours in a car with the three babies. It was long, but they actually did a lot better than I had anticipated. We went through several rural areas and all I could think about was if something happened to the car, what would we do?
Ahh Spring break…how quickly you came and left us. I must admit that it was a crazy start, but it ended so sweet. We went to Jacksonville after the kids recovered from the stomach virus and let me tell you, it was long overdo! I had not seen my grandfather since last May and he had not met Weston. We also got to meet my cousins baby who was born two months before Weston, so those were special moments.
We leave on our spring break trip in less than a week and we are excited to get away for a few days! I am so looking forward to that Florida sunshine and warm weather! It is going to be cold here again this week, so I am praying we don’t get sick again after having a really warm week last week. Love this Alabama weather, let me tell you! The beach is calling my name!
So, I have had a little fun picking out these adorable spring break essentials for mama and her mini! One thing I love about having a little girl is dressing her and even matching her sometimes when the mood strikes! It’s so fun! I have more fun shopping for her tan I do for myself and I have been obsessing over all the toddler things they make to match mommy now! Here are a few of my favorites: