I continue to be very interested in hearing tips on managing vacations with young kids…not that I am planning on going anywhere that requires travel ever again with this brood!
We did a lot of fun things and really entertained them well all day long.
First there was this incredible pool.
My MIL got the kids floaties which were fabulous. They took to the pool better than ever before and you could see how liberating it was for them to “swim” My husband and I were even able to not be in the pool while they swam which was a first ever. Of course it was literally like 94 degrees everyday so we were in almost as much as the kids.
Luckily the place was pretty empty. In the past, the elderly residents would shudder when they saw us approach!
Which reminds me of the looks we got when we boarded the plane (we chose to board very last). Each row we passed elicited sighs of relief from those passengers that considered themselves lucky not be seated next to us!
When we got tired of the pool it was just a short walk to the incredible beach.
We searched for shells, built sand castles and swam in the waves.
The water was awesome and brought back fond memories of my childhood beach excursions.
We did some other things I want to mention for any of you that might be visiting the Boca Raton, FL area with kids. (Because it took us a couple of visits to figure out good kid things in the area!)
The kids were so excited for our return to Gumbo Limbo. They vividly remember our visit last year and were begging to go the moment we arrived in Florida. While they loved looking at the sea life,
surprisingly the biggest thrill was climbing a 38 foot observation tower, which they each climbed not once, but twice (at their insistence)!
Doing this in 94 degree weather was some feat but for sure something they will remember.
We were so lucky to stumble upon Sugar Sand Park. Not only does it have a great science like playground but there’s also a carousel and children’s museum right in it! If we lived in Florida we would be visiting weekly. We were only sorry we didn’t find it earlier in the week.
So actually the vacation was pretty nice. It was just that darn sleep thing. Although they were tired, they insisted on bothering each other, jumping on their beds, etc, instead of passing out. My babysitter seems to thinks that the fact that they are so close together in age, really like triplets, that they have developmental struggles and extra aggression which they let out (constantly!) on each other. She’s so nice because she pretty much is telling me it’s not from terrible parenting! I also have to remind myself that twins are not double work (not the greatest choice of words but I can’t think of a better one right now) but more like quadruple.
But I’m also really tired now, and that ‘s when I beat myself up the most, so things will probably look better in the morning. Taking it easy this weekend (except for the usual birthday party—they are every weekend these days). Hope you have a good one!