weekend shenanigans

Beach Week Shenanigans

Oh, hey there!!! I decided to take an unannounced week off from blogging while we were at the beach. I wanted to be completely unplugged!!! Which is probably for the best, because our WIFI down there suucccckkkkssss!!!! Anyways, I was all rested and tanned and relaxed this past week and now I am getting a huge slap of reality this morning. Adulting, right???

The Eats

We usually only go out to eat once when we are at the beach, and even then sometimes it doesn’t go as planned. We waited about 2 hours and 45 minutes at Lulu’s one evening only to leave and get Zaxby’s on the way home because it was way past someone’s bedtime. We always start our trip off with either Smashburger or Steak n Shake on the drive down though. And we ordered some back and blue cheese quesadillas and Twisted Tators from Sassy Bass on the bottom floor of our building. Yum.

The Travel

This was not only Zoe’s first time to the beach, but her first vacation ever. I am so glad that we got to spend it with my SIL and BIL. Zoe had the most amazing time playing with her cousin all week of whom she adores so much!!! And this kid can adapt!!! I was prepared for some serious meltdowns and a hard time sleeping. Nope. Zoe went to bed and took her naps like a champ. She even traveled in the car extremely well. I was so very impressed! And that was no easy feat, our normal 4 and 1/2 hour trip down there ended up being 7 hours due to traffic and horrible thunderstorms. There was one point where we were driving 20 MPH on I-65 because you could literally not see a damn thing. I am so proud of her!

The Beach

I bought a tent for the beach, and Zoe and I headed down there a few different times. Pulling a wagon through the sand is no freaking joke, but we did it and it was worth it. She makes the cutest little beach babe!

The Pool

Zoe wasn’t sure what to think about the pool at first. Cool water, wearing clothes…and why are all these people in it with her??? But she decided that she liked it and started kicking and splashing around!

The Wagon

If you ask Zoe what her favorite part of the trip was, she would probably tell you riding in the wagon. My SIL was so kind to let us borrow it. Seeing Zoe’s face light up every time she got in it was priceless.

The Forth

We hung around the beach and condo on the forth, took the kiddos for a little photo shoot around the property and enjoyed the fireworks. It was such a fun day!

First Ice Cream

Another important first for Zoe, ice cream!!!! I let her have a few tastes of my TCBY treat and she loved it!

Other Scenes

Selfie time/worn slap out/excited for the outlet mall/hanging with daddy

killing time at Lulu’s

favorite reading views

Beach Babe

We had such a great time and I hate that it went by too quickly! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! Linking up with Biana.

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  • Reply Biana July 10, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Looks like everyone – including the babe had a great time at the beach!! Her face with ice cream is just the best! Hope the transition back to work is easy today / this week! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine July 10, 2017 at 9:05 am

    I took last week off to while we were on our family vacation at the beach, felt so good! Oh my goodness Zoe in her wagon is so precious! What a wonderful week to introduce her to the beach and all your sweet family traditions on vacation. Good luck this week, hope it goes smoothly!. I know I hate being back at work today!

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer July 10, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Glad you are back! Missed you last week. Looks like you guys had a much-needed, relaxing time! Hope today isn’t too rough!

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders July 10, 2017 at 9:14 am

    It definitely sounds like you had the perfect first vacation with Zoe! And that’s awesome that she was such a champ in the car and once you got to the beach about being on her schedule too! That’s always the thing that freaks me out when I think about babies, traveling and them not being on their schedule! But I’m glad that it is doable, and that y’all had the best time! I forsee a lot more beach vacations in the future for y’all!

  • Reply Marie July 10, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Looks like it was a great vacation!! Zoe is totally a beach babe. It’s good to unplug every now and then. I love being “off the grid” every now and then. Sorry to hear about the drive down, that is horrible. I feel like traffic is worst than ever. It seems like everyone is driving somewhere these days.

  • Reply Kay July 10, 2017 at 9:17 am

    I cant with those little sunnies. So adorable! Glad you had the best time. Sometimes you just need to unwind!

  • Reply Rebecca Jo July 10, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Beach Babe all the way!!
    I love you documented her first ice cream 🙂
    We got my grandbuddy a wagon like that for his first birthday & his parents said its the best thing they could have. Useful for so many things.

  • Reply Candace Woesch July 10, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Awe it looks like you guys had the best time!! I am itching to get to the beach this summer and do some relaxing myself! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Lauren @ Oh Hey! I Like That! July 10, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    I’m so glad that you had a great time at the beach! And super jealous of your trip!

  • Reply Audrey July 10, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    You and I did the same thing! BEACH WEEK BLOG BREAK! 😀

    Zoe is seriously the cutest little beach babe!! I’m glad you guys had a fun vacation, even if the drives and restaurant waits were a little long!! It looks like you got some down time and beach time in. Nothing like celebrating the 4th with some R&R and family!!

  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista July 10, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    How adorable is Zoe on her first ever vacay! Glad she did so well with the sleeping changes, the car ride, and even loved the pool. Sending all the hugs today, the first day back from vacay is always rough with a capital woof <3

  • Reply Sierra July 10, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    What a fun trip! She is too cute in those adorable sunnies! I’m so glad she loved it. It’s always so hard coming back from having a great time. Beautifully Candid

  • Reply Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis July 10, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Such a beach babe! So fun letting Zoe experience the beach and pool for the first time. I see from the smiles she loved the Wagon and I adore her festive 4th of July outfit! Hope you got some R&R on this vacation as I’m sure it was MUCH needed!
    Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis

  • Reply Erin LFF July 11, 2017 at 9:32 am

    So many “firsts” and new memories for you all! 🙂 Zoe is a total beach babe, she is rockin’ those sunglasses- so cute!! I’m SO happy for you guys that the traveling and napping went well. It’s so scary that first time- haha, I feel ya!!!

  • Reply Laura July 11, 2017 at 11:05 am

    It sounds like such an awesome beach trip, and I’m so glad you guys had such a great time. Z looks awesome in her little sunglasses, and those Fourth pictures with her cuz are just too cute! Awesome for her that she didn’t skip a beat with naps and bed time! And awesome for you. 🙂

  • Reply Carly July 11, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    What a fun trip for Zoe’s first vacation- she is so cute in her sunglasses under the beach tent! I loooove tcby, but I don’t think we have any here. I wish we could get a repeat on last week’s vacation time!

  • Reply Rach @ This Italian Family July 11, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Ugh, we’ve waited forever at Lulu’s before too so I understand your pain. Though we didn’t have a baby with us, haha! I’m so glad you guys had such a great trip, though! And it sounds like Zoe did SUCH a great job with that travel. How awesome (and encouraging, haha)! 🙂

  • Reply Julia Strong July 11, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Aww, looks like such a great trip! Love Zoe’s beach babe look, she is so cute!

  • Reply StephTheBookworm July 12, 2017 at 8:57 am

    This looks amazing! I want to go on vacation now! How cute is she in her sunglasses?!

  • Reply Danielle July 13, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    So many cute first. My girls have the mermaid swimsuit too. I love it. She is growing up so fast. Way to go on the car ride down there. It looks like it was a great vacation!

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