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LEGO KidsFest

09.04.16

We took the kiddos (one six-year-old, two three-year-olds and a two-year-old) to the sold-out LEGO KidsFest last night at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.
LEGO KidsFest @ohbotherblog

I saw the event advertised earlier in January and my desire to go was solidified after I watched the LEGO documentary Beyond the Brick: a LEGO BrickumentaryHoldy has been showing interest in LEGOs after playing with them at her dad’s house so I thought it would make a fun outing.

Despite the event being sold out for all three days, it wasn’t quite the madhouse you might expect. There were a ton of activities to do that were appropriate for all ages and skill levels, from straight-up coloring, to DUPLO blocks to advanced builds and competitions. Everything was nicely spread out so you didn’t feel like you were on top of each other. AND everyone attending, volunteering and working the event was super nice, so it was a great experience.

LEGO KidsFest @ohbotherblog

The kids loved building and displaying their own LEGO creations.

LEGO KidsFest @ohbotherblog

There were tons of LEGO characters to pose with, from Disney to Star Wars and super heroes.

LEGO KidsFest @ohbotherblog 

We actually had to stop the kids from building a few times so we could move onto the next thing. LEGOS are amazing, man.

 LEGO KidsFest @ohbotherblog

And of course, there was a HUGE LEGO pile in the middle of the arena for kids to (literally) dive in. Some kids were even making LEGO angels (of course, Holdy was one of them).

LEGO KidsFest @ohbotherblog 

 

#latergram Lego Pit at #legokidsfest

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Some tips if you go:

  • Check out this “Plan Your Day at LEGO KidsFest” link.
  • Parking is in the North Lot, as well as the offsite Elmerton Ave. lot and is $10 (cash).
  • The entrance to LEGO KidsFest is on Cameron Street, so it’s a bit of a walk. Though you can exit the event into the North Lot when you’ve finished.
  • There is a coat rack at the entrance.
  • There is a “Lost Parents Zone” to the right once you enter the event. You can fill out a card with your contact info and put it in your kid’s pocket, just in case.
  •  There is a “Dad Changing Area” near the DUPLO section so dads can get in on the diaper action too.
  • Rather than waiting in the super long lines at the concession window, grab a pizza from the smaller pizza table set up near the bathrooms. The line is shorter and the pizza is better.
  • Get a Farm Show milkshake!
  • If the line is too long to purchase anything in the retail store, talk to one of the employees and they’ll give you a “free shipping” card so you can order online.
  • Exit through the North Lot exit to be closer to your car (don’t forget to go back and get your coat if you checked it).

I have to confess that we actually own zero LEGOs because GB has only recently exited the put-every-thing-in-his-mouth phase. This morning I did just order a LEGO Starter Kit from Amazon ($7 cheaper than at the show)!

flying with a toddler: why god, why?

17.11.15

I’ll admit it: I cheaped out. 

My parents chose to drive down to Disney World (about a 15-hour drive) and bravely offered to take one kid with them. I decided to send Holden with them in the car, while I flew with GB as an “infant in arms” (which you can only do with children 2 and under). The original thinking was 1) I didn’t have to pay for GB’s ticket and 2) GB is generally the calmer child.

It wasn’t long after purchasing the airline tickets that I realized my mistake. GB hates sitting still, he doesn’t like sitting on my lap, and he doesn’t watch videos or play with apps. What was I thinking? But by that point it was too late, so we sucked it up and went for it.

The morning of our flight–which left Baltimore at 10am–I forgot the stroller at the house, so I had to turn around 10 minutes down the road. Heinous traffic on the beltway made it clear that the usual 1.25-hour drive wasn’t happening this time and we were definitely going to miss our flight. Had to do some ninja magic on the phone in the car to switch our flight with Delta–luckily, there was a 10:30am flight with a layover in a different city that got us to Orlando 20 minutes earlier, so it wasn’t terrible. Sure, it cost $50 to switch, but whatever. I was trying to avoid a mental breakdown.

The good thing about cutting it close on your flight is there’s not a lot of downtime in the airport; the bad thing is the obvious stress and self-loathing. We boarded and GB was entertained by opening and closing the plane window… for the first five minutes. We still had 40 minutes on this flight and another flight to go.

He stood on me, he looked out the window, he made faces at the people behind us, he ate snacks, he threw his Nuk. I tried out the new kid headphones I had gotten for the trip, which bought me about 10-15 minutes.

Kid headphones on a flight @ohbotherblog

And then, as we began our descent, he freaked out.

Airplane meltdown with a toddler @ohbotherblog

And then he fell asleep.

Toddlers on a plane @ohbotherblog

Just in time to land.

The layover at Raleigh-Durham was nonexistent–our flight left slightly late–so we boarded the next flight almost immediately. Luckily, the airline representative could sense the frazzle that was radiating from me, so she put us in an extra-wide row.

It was like heaven. GB actually had room to stand… and lie down on the floor (whatever, don’t judge me). The lovely grandmother across the aisle from me actually took him into her lap for a bit and talked to him. He was overall pleasant and flirted with several passengers. I took it.

However by the time we boarded Disney’s Magical Express, the shuttle to our resort, GB had had it. He stood. He screamed. He whined. He threw his Nuk at me. It was 40 minutes of horror. We actually ditched the bus at the Boardwalk Resort and just walked over to the Beach Club. We’d had enough of being confined in metal boxes for a day.

On the way home from Florida, GB was ill–which was not good because he was sick, but was good because he was snuggly and quiet (I’m terrible). I accepted the three diarrhea blowouts he had during our travels as a trade-in for his good behavior. I even remained calm when the car wouldn’t start in the Express parking lot and we had to wait for help to arrive.

So… we survived. But I’m looking forward to not having to fly with a kid anytime soon.

Flying with a toddler @ohbotherblog

disney craycation recap

08.11.15

Welp, we survived. We went to Disney World with two toddlers–a three year old and a nineteen month old.

We got back on Wednesday and my response to people’s questions about the trip has been, “Well, the kids were terrrrrrible, but we still managed to have fun.”

That’s not just me exaggerating, by the way: the kids were really, really badly behaved… one more so than the other. Any guesses as to which one?

Pack your princess dresses for Disney World @ohbotherblog

Whaaaat? Not that little princess; no way. Oh, yes way.

I get it: the kids are overstimulated, they’re way off schedule, they’re missing naps, they’re sleeping in weird rooms, they’re hot, it’s crowded, they’re waiting in lines, they’re exhausted. Also, having my parents and myself all in the same place provides many opportunities to try to play us off each other and test out our patience… and discipline levels.

But let’s just say I made many parents feel good about themselves and their children during this trip.

People have been following up my admission by saying, “but your photos looked like you had such a great time!” Listen, you’ve seen the clickbait articles; you can make anything look good on Instagram.

If I were completely honest on social media, the trip would have looked primarily like this:

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And this:

Disney World Meltdowns @ohbotherblog

Oh and I guess some of this:

Mickey Waffles in Disney World @ohbotherblog

In all honesty, we did have a great time, despite the less-than-pleasant kids’ behavior. We ate a ton of great food and had some really fun experiences.

I’ve already had people asking me for suggestions for their next Disney trip, so I’m going to try to break it down into multiple posts focusing on the various parks, dining, etc. Given how good I am about updating the blog currently, this may take me until my next Disney trip to complete, but hey, we’ve all gotta have goals. Keep checking back for updates.

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this tip for your next Disney trip: leave the kids at home. Disney World is awesome for adults.

disney with two toddlers. here goes nothing.

27.10.15

Disney World with two toddlers @ohbotherblog

I’ve had a rough year. I’m so ready for a vacation. Fortunately, I’m leaving for one tomorrow. Possibly unfortunately, I’m going to Disney World with two toddlers. 

If you’ll recall, I took Holden to Disney World when she was 10 months old. Now, I’m not just some masochist: my parents are members of the Disney Vacation Club so we go relatively frequently. And I’m going to have some reinforcements, so it’s all going to be okay… right?

It’s the International Food & Wine Festival so there’s definitely that to look forward to. And the mid-80 degree weather isn’t too shabby. And my parents are driving down with Holdy so they took the bulk of the luggage–that I literally only packed today–with them. This won’t be so bad… right?

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I’ll be flying with a beyond-fidgety 19-month-old who hates to be held and can’t be bribed with videos or apps. But I’ll have international food and wine waiting for me at the end of it, so that’s worth 2.5 hours of shame and misery… right?

We’ll be there over Halloween, so I did get to cheat a bit on the Halloween costumes this year. So that’s a plus.

Taking all the princess dresses to Disney World @ohbotherblog

I packed every single princess dress Holdy already owns (including two I bought at the consignment store) so she’ll have her pick of Halloween costumes… and I’ll be able to avoid buying a $90 princess dress at the resort. I also made Holdy an appointment at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique on Halloween. Of course, the appointment is at 6:30pm and she goes to bed at 8:30pm, but I’m told they use enough hairspray that it should last a few days. See, we’re totally gonna be fine… right?

For GB, I ordered a 4-pc pajama set of Woody and Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story, which I’ll be pairing with an old toy cowboy hat of Holdy’s.

Woody and Buzz Lightyear Pajamas for Halloween @ohbotherblog

So yeah, I may be jerry-rigging this whole Halloween thing–and this whole trip for that matter–but I deserve this break, dammit, so we’re making it work. 

Follow along on Instagram to see if I make it through unscathed. See ya soon, Mickey.

dutch wonderful birthday

17.07.15

For my birthday last week, I took Holdy and some friends to Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, PA. As we hit the road, Holdy promised me she’d be “good all day.”

Pro-tip: You can get discount Dutch Wonderland tickets at Weis Markets discount Dutch Wonderland tickets for $34.00 each.

A trip to Dutch Wonderland @ohbotherblog

One of the best parts about Dutch Wonderland is that Holden is tall enough to ride almost every ride, sometimes even without an adult.

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Another great park? The dragon mascot’s name is Duke!

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And there’s a great, big giant pretzel! I’m pretty sure I have a photo of me posing with this pretzel when I was Holden’s age.

The giant pretzel at Dutch Wonderland @ohbotherblog

AND I got to enjoy a delicious Dole Whip.

Dole Whip at Dutch Wonderland @ohbotherblog

It was a damn near perfect day.

A trip to Dutch Wonderland @ohbotherblog

A trip to Dutch Wonderland @ohbotherblog

Happy Birthday to me!

a trip to the hands-on house in Lancaster, PA

30.05.15

We took a trip to the Hands-on House Children’s Museum in Lancaster, PA recently. I had taken Holden to the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia when she was about 18 months old and we had a lot of fun, so I was psyched to find a kids’ play museum so close to home.

I was told in advance that there would be age-appropriate activities that could scale for a one-year-old and an almost-three-year-old, so we gave it a shot.

Hands-on House Children's Museum Lancaster PA @ohbotherblog

The Hands-on House boasts several indoor interactive exhibits. First is “My Backyard,” which resembles a woodland wonderland.

Hands-on House Children's Museum Lancaster PA @ohbotherblog

The Fun Farm.

Hands-on House Children's Museum Lancaster PA @ohbotherblog

The Corner Grocery Store.

Hands-on House Children's Museum Lancaster PA @ohbotherblog

Mostly Make-Believe, the dress-up section, complete with pirate ship!

Hands-on House Children's Museum Lancaster PA @ohbotherblog

Marty’s Machine Shop, filled with all sorts of whozeewhats and thingamajigs.

Hands-on House Children's Museum Lancaster PA @ohbotherblog

And the fantastic Play Garden.

Hands-on House Children's Museum Lancaster PA @ohbotherblog

It’s easy to see how Hands-on House is great for all age levels, even little crawlers like GB. We were able to find activities to entertain both of them in each exhibit. He was a bit skeptical at first:

Hands-on House Children's Museum Lancaster PA @ohbotherblog

But soon he was climbing and exploring away in My Backyard.

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We had a ton of fun over in The Farm area. Holden especially loved picking corn.

Hands-on House Children's Museum Lancaster PA @ohbotherblog

Hands-on House Children's Museum Lancaster PA @ohbotherblog

So cool — the ears were velcroed to the wall!

Hands-on House Children's Museum Lancaster PA @ohbotherblog

She kept stealing corn from the grocer’s basket to feed to the pig.

Hands-on House Children's Museum Lancaster PA @ohbotherblog

We were cracking up at the egg-laying chicken activity, no pun intended. Every now and then an egg would come shooting out, surprising both of us.

Hands-on House Children's Museum Lancaster PA @ohbotherblog

Both kids hopped up in the driver’s seat of the tractor. Getting them to take turns was no small miracle.

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We stopped in between The Farm and The Grocery Store to deliver some mail and blast some germs.

Hands-on House Children's Museum Lancaster PA @ohbotherblog

Here’s a great example of the scaled activities. Each exhibit has a mailbox located outside so you could actually read the address and deliver mail all throughout Hands-on House. Or, you can just move packages from the incoming bin to the outgoing bin like my kids did.

Hands-on House Children's Museum Lancaster PA @ohbotherblog

Over in the Grocery Store, Holden went shopping for shellfish and produce.

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GB opted for the canned food aisle.

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Holden played at the check-out counter:

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while GB opted to shoplift.

Hands-on House Children's Museum Lancaster PA @ohbotherblog

Leggo my Eggo, indeed.

Holden’s favorite exhibit was, of course, the Make-Believe Room. 

Hands-on House Children's Museum Lancaster PA @ohbotherblog Hands-on House Children's Museum Lancaster PA @ohbotherblog

My little narcissists loved the stage and the mirrors.

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We then headed over to the Machine Shop, making Holden clock in before we started.

Hands-on House Children's Museum Lancaster PA @ohbotherblog

There were lots of fun things to do with widgets and obstacles, kind of like a large-scale game of “Mouse Trap.” I think my kiddos were a bit too young to fully enjoy this section, though GB did get to slobber up a wiffle ball or two.

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From the Machine Shop, we headed outside to the Play Garden, which is a) beautiful and b) chock full of age-appropriate climbing structures.

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GB enjoyed eating mulch, as per usual.

Hands-on House Children's Museum Lancaster PA @ohbotherblog

 

There was a super fun sandbox. I was interested to see how GB would respond, having not been in sand since last year’s beach trip.

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Luckily, he loved it.

My favorite part was when Holden came whipping down the slide so fast, she missed her feet.

Hands-on House Children's Museum Lancaster PA @ohbotherblog

 

I know, I know: that’s terrible, but I laughed so hard.

Hands-on House Children's Museum Lancaster PA @ohbotherblog

Overall, we had a great experience at the Hands-on House. The nature of the exhibits make it a great place to visit again and again… and it’s priced affordably enough to do so!

Daily admission is $9.50 for adults and $9.50 for children over age 2. An annual family membership for just $99/year gets you free admission, discounted guest passes, member mornings and reduced birthday party rates.

Memorial Day through Labor Day
M, T, W, Th: 10am-5pm
Friday: 10am-8pm
Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sunday: 12-5pm

www.handsonhouse.org/visit

 

Mother’s Day in Cape May

12.05.15

 

Every year over Mother’s Day weekend (and again in October), my family visits Cape May as a tribute to my late Nanny. You can read all about it in a previous post and about my fun (funny, wonderful) Nanny here.

This past Mother’s Day, the Ladybugs (my mom, aunts and cousins) and two Stinkbugs (my uncles) made the trek to the shore.

The Ladybugs visit Cape May @ohbotherblog

We always stay at the Marquis de Lafayette, partially because of the large rooms, partially because of the great location, and mostly because of the bangin’ breakfast buffet that includes pounds and pounds of bacon.

The ladybugs visit Cape May @ohbotherblog

 

Our trip always consists of shopping on the Washington Mall and Happy Hour (that turns into Happy Evening) at Cabana’s Beach Bar & Grill.

The Ladybugs visit Cape May @ohbotherblog

We spend the evening drinking cheap pitchers of cheap beer and dancing to fun cover bands.

The Ladybugs visit Cape May @ohbotherblog

This trip, for something a little different, we visited Willow Creek Winery. It’s super gorgeous and has only been open for 2.5 years. We got a kick out of their Wilde Cock wines.

The Ladybugs visit Cape May @ohbotherblog

I sported by new culottes jumpsuit from Elizabeth & West Fashion House in downtown York, plus my new sun hat, purchased at a Cape May boutique.

The Ladybugs visit Cape May @ohbotherblog

We took our growlers of sangria out to the patio for sunshine and tapas.

The Ladybugs visit Cape May @ohbotherblog

Oh man, the tapas.

The Ladybugs visit Cape May @ohbotherblog

On Mother’s Day, we always head to the beach to “Nanny’s Spot” to spend some time with her.

The Ladybugs visit Cape May @ohbotherblog The Ladybugs visit Cape May @ohbotherblog

We sign balloons and release them into the sky with messages for her.

The Ladybugs visit Cape May @ohbotherblog

And we leave little tokens behind in the rocks where we scattered her ashes.

The Ladybugs visit Cape May @ohbotherblog

This time, as we left the beach, a little visitor tagged along.

The Ladybugs visit Cape May @ohbotherblog

 

We love and miss you, Nanny. Happy Mother’s Day.

A Trip to the North Museum

07.05.15

Holden and I were recently invited to check out the newly-renovated North Museum of Nature and Science in Lancaster, PA. I was excited to have an afternoon to spend as “just the girls,” though my excitement was checked as soon as we got in the car:

A trip to the North Museum in Lancaster @ohbotherblog  

Luckily, she perked up by the time we got to the museum, which is an unassuming building that blends pretty well into the Franklin & Marshall College campus.

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Holden told the sweet lady at the ticket counter that she wanted to see the dinosaurs, but only if they were nice. The lady assured her that there are only nice dinosaurs at the North Museum.

The museum is recently renovated, so there were a few of these signs hanging around:A trip to the North Museum in Lancaster @ohbotherblog

But no real signs of the place being under construction were to be found once inside. I had never visited the North Museum prior to this trip, so I have no comparison, but wowza. Talk about a visual impact as soon as you enter:

A trip to the North Museum in Lancaster @ohbotherblog

So many cool things for kids of all ages to play around with.

A trip to the North Museum in Lancaster @ohbotherblog

Lots of hands-on activities to keep little hands busy.

A trip to the North Museum in Lancaster @ohbotherblog

Holden really enjoyed what I’ll call “busy boxes”–themed boxes with different activities inside.

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She did not care for the box full of animal feet.

A trip to the North Museum in Lancaster @ohbotherblog

Anytime she gets to touch a screen is a plus.

A trip to the North Museum in Lancaster @ohbotherblog

Or play with things that move, shake and make noise.

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We really enjoyed the amphibian and small animal room.

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 We loved these two turtles who were “holding hands.”

A trip to the North Museum in Lancaster @ohbotherblog

Holden’s favorite exhibits were, of course, the dinosaurs… who were all very nice.

A trip to the North Museum in Lancaster @ohbotherblog

A trip to the North Museum in Lancaster @ohbotherblog

She wasn’t quite sure what to make of this guy.

A trip to the North Museum in Lancaster @ohbotherblog

But loved this guy.

A trip to the North Museum in Lancaster @ohbotherblog

At one point she escaped from me and ran around an “Employees Only” corner, where she was delighted to find this dinosaur butt.

A trip to the North Museum in Lancaster @ohbotherblog

Overall, a really fun trip, even with an almost-three-year-old. Perfect for a rainy afternoon when you need to get out of the house for everyone’s wellbeing. 

If you go:

www.northmuseum.org

Tuesday – Saturday (10 am – 5 pm)
Sunday (12 noon – 5 pm)

Summer Hours:
June 1 through August 31
Open Mondays throughout the Summer

Museum Only
Adult – $9.00
Youth (3 – 17 years) – $8.00
Senior (65+) – $8.00
Child (2 and under) – Free

Museum & SciDome Theater
Adult – $13.00
Junior (3 – 17 years) – $12.00
Senior (65+) – $12.00
Child (2 and under) – Free

SciDome Theater Only
Adult – $7.00
Youth (3 – 17 years) – $6.00
Seniors (65+) – $6.00
Child (2 and under) – Free

A trip to the North Museum in Lancaster @ohbotherblog

Thanks, North Museum!

 

craycation 2014 recap

09.09.14

Okay, so I know I’m about two weeks behind on this but here it is: Craycation 2014 Recap.

As you may remember, Holdy was pretty psyched about going to the ocean. Specifically, she wanted to “get her toes wet, get her butt wet and eat crabs.”

So we didn’t waste any time fulfilling those wishes.

Beach trip with baby and toddler @ohbotherblog

Now, Holdy wasn’t so sure about the whole crab business when it actually came down to it.

Beach trip with baby and toddler @ohbotherblog

Beach trip with baby and toddler @ohbotherblog

But man, does this kid love the beach.

Beach trip with baby and toddler @ohbotherblog

Beach trip with baby and toddler @ohbotherblog

Like, really loves the beach.

Like, even posed-nicely-to-get-her-Scopes-photos-taken loves the beach.

Holdy's Beach photoshoot @ohbotherblog

 I was so shocked at how well and intently she listened to the photographer. I invited him to come live with us. (He was also 22 and adorable but that’s beside the point).

GB was also a real trooper on the beach. (Check out Holdy in the background.)

Beach trip with baby and toddler @ohbotherblog

He would hang out in his little tent, and was pretty happy unless he got too hot or his sister kicked sand in his face. Which both happened.

Beach trip with baby and toddler @ohbotherblog

So GB and I would chill at the pool instead with this sweet setup.

Beach trip with baby and toddler @ohbotherblog

And we were both lovin it.

Beach trip with baby and toddler @ohbotherblog

One of my favorite memories of going to the beach when I was younger was playing with glowsticks on the beach when the sun went down. So we gave that a shot.

Beach trip with baby and toddler @ohbotherblog

One night, we took a trip over to the amusement park for Holden’s first taste of some non-quarter-at-Target rides.

She loved them.

Beach trip with baby and toddler @ohbotherblog

Beach trip with baby and toddler @ohbotherblog

Mostly.

Beach trip with baby and toddler @ohbotherblog

I can watch this video of her on her first roller coaster ride over and over.

I even got a brief night out while my Dad stayed with the kids one night.

Beach trip with baby and toddler @ohbotherblog

And I needed that night out, because the trip was certainly not without its stresses.

Like, tantrums.

Beach trip with baby and toddler @ohbotherblog

And more tantrums.

Beach trip with baby and toddler @ohbotherblog

And then there was the night that my parents went out to dinner on their own.

“Go,” I said.

“I’ll be fine,” I said.

So I took the kids to the boardwalk. And we started out like this:

Beach trip with baby and toddler @ohbotherblog 

And within 10 minutes, progressed to this:

Beach trip with baby and toddler @ohbotherblog

I had a very hard time obeying this:

Beach trip with baby and toddler @ohbotherblog

So then I went back to the room and did this: 

Beach trip with baby and toddler @ohbotherblog

Don’t get me wrong: there were certainly good times. Like:

Beach trip with baby and toddler @ohbotherblog

and:

Beach trip with baby and toddler @ohbotherblog

But in all seriousness: while traveling with small children absolutely sucks and should never, ever be called a “vacation,” I’m really glad to have created those memories and we definitely were able to have some fun. Holdy especially had a wonderful time and it was great to watch her experience so many things for the first time.

Baby beach trip @ohbotherblog

Though I’m happy to not do it again anytime soon.

craycation, or why am I going to the beach with a baby and a toddler?

18.08.14

craycation - going to the beach with a toddler and a baby @ohbotherblog

I’m envisioning that this will likely be the first in a series of posts on what I can only anticipate is going to be a very *interesting* trip to the beach.

It’s been quite some time since I’ve taken a vacation, though I’m sure by the time this trip has ended I won’t count it as a “vacation” either. Hence, “craycation.”

We did travel to Disney World with Holden when she was about 9 months old. At that time, it was six adults to one relatively immobile baby. This time, it’s  three adults, one crazy toddler, a sweet infant, a 4-hour car ride. Oh, and one hotel room. What could go possibly wrong?

First of all, holy crap do you have to pack a lot of stuff. In addition to clothes and diapers and wipes and all that jazz, I’m taking like half a carload of stuff just to keep Holden from driving us all crazy: a portable DVD player, movie, Kindle, books, flash cards. Then there’s the strollers. And the pack n play. And the food/snacks.  The monkey leash will definitely be making the trip, though putting it on her generally leads to a ridiculous tantrum.

Speaking of tantrums, today has been one long day of cranky behavior, hour-long screaming tantrums and various poop incidents. I could never have used a vacation more. But I can’t help but feel like I’m signing myself up for a self-imposed week of terror.

I am excited to share this tradition with the kids though. We used to go to the beach all the time when I was growing up. Sand. Boardwalk. Ice cream. Kites. Seashells. French fries. I’m just hoping that the good outweighs the bad, haha.

Holden has been on a beach before, but she was super new, so she doesn’t remember. She’s excited to “get her toes wet, get her butt wet and eat crabs.” I’m looking forward to some pool time and at least one margarita. 

I’ll let you know how we make out.

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