Last week, we took our first vacation as a family of four. We spent five glorious days in Destin, FL and had an amazing time. I was a bit worried about vacationing with two little ones, wondering how much fun we’d be able to have with early mornings, afternoon nap times, eating in restaurants for every meal (which is normally a dream, but not so much with small children), and just not having all the comforts of home for Rosen and Saxon. And let’s not forget the super long car rides.
I really didn’t need to worry so much though. We still had a blast, and the kids did just fine. They slept for a good portion of the car ride to and from the beach. Saxon, who is normally a terrible sleeper at home, slept horribly in the hotel, but I expected as much. Thankfully, we still had plenty of energy to enjoy each day to the fullest.
Rosen absolutely LOVED the beach! She could sit in the sand and play for hours, and loved playing in the water with us, jumping over waves and splashing around. Saxon wasn’t too crazy about sand, but he loved the water, too. We got into a routine where we would spend the morning on the beach, head back to the hotel after lunch for nap time, and then explore the area in the late afternoon/evening for shopping and dining out.
We had amazing weather all week as well. The forecast called for rain storms all week, but we only had a little rain the first night while we were asleep. The rest of the time it was hot and sunny. We intentionally chose to wait until late summer to go, after most everyone in the South was back in school, and that worked out really well. The beach was very quiet, so we didn’t have to fight the crowds at all.
We ate dinner at a restaurant on the beach the first night, and afterwards the kids got their first beach experience. It was super windy and the water was rough, but thankfully all that died down by the next morning.
Just look at how awesome that water is!!
We are in love with Destin, and can’t wait to go back (hopefully) next year!