We’re now into day four of our vacation to Folly Beach, SC, and I would definitely give it a thumbs up for a great place for a family vacation.  It’s a small town, the beach is uncrowded and shallow, and downtown Charleston is a mere 20 minutes away, so you can head to a museum during the mid-day when the sun is too hot and naps have already been checked off of the to-do list.

An added ego-pumping perk for this time of year is that there aren’t many tourists around, but there are tons of retirement-aged locals here who dote on our children.  Last night we ate out at a small cafe, and Carina was entertaining the masses with her usual restaurant hi-jinx.  Crazy noisy kid gulping handfuls of spaghetti, smearing it from ear to ear and dropping half of it on the floor while her brother alternates between doing his bottle rocket impersonation and sucking his big toe annoying you?  NO!  Of course not!  How sweet, how cute, how adorable and wonderful!  Let’s all laugh at them so they do it more!!

One challenge, at least for me, on this vacation, has been making the adjustment to a true family vacation.  With one you can still skip a nap here and there, or survive on granola bars and gummy bears for an afternoon.  With two kiddos, it’s a bit different, because two simultaneously crabby children can send us all into a tailspin of headaches and meltdowns. So we nap on a regular schedule, and we eat our three (sometimes four) squares mainly in our condo, and we limit our beach visits to early morning and late afternoon. Gone are the vacation days of going where we want, when we want, which in the case of Craig and I, was pretty much going everywhere we could between dawn and the late-night.

So it’s taken a couple days to get used to, but I’m growing to enjoy centering my vacation experiences on my children and seeing things from their perspective.  We’re making some great memories and achieving milestones. I’m letting myself get caught up in the fact that the kids will never be this age again, that our family dynamic will change, and that by the time we set out to travel next year, our vacation will have a different feel to it because our children will be older, louder, and even funnier than they are now.