Hi guys! I wanted to drop in today to share the highlights from the rest of my post-tax season vacation to Florida. I shared the first few days of our trip when we went to Orlando on Monday and I'm picking up the trip on the Saturday before Easter. The second half of the trip we spent in Palm Coast Florida which is a small beach area between Jacksonville and Daytona Beach.
Palm Coast Trip
We flew our small plane from Orlando to Palm Coast during the boys morning nap and got to the resort by noon. Hunter and Jackson handled flying great but the car ride from the airport to the resort was a spectacle and we arrived at the resort with two babies screaming. Luckily we got them calmed down, but not before Hunter puked at the entrance to the resort. We made quite a scene! (Just keeping it real, friends!)
So first up was another nap for the babies and drinks for the adults!
The Hubs also went to the hotel restaurant and picked us up some fish sandwiches to enjoy. Our suite had a lovely balcony so we could sit outside and enjoy vacation even when the babies were napping. Luckily the rest of the trip went a lot smoother!
Once the twins got up we were ready to try again! I put them in their well deserved "crabby" outfits and we decided to explore the grounds with the stroller. It was about 70 degrees and very windy, so not quite warm enough for the pool or beach with babies.
I took this photo 10 times and this was the best we got!
We walked and enjoyed the views before heading back to the room for the evening.
The babies go to bed at 7 which meant we had time to enjoy a nice dinner on our balcony each night after they went to bed. We were spoiled in Orlando with family to help with the babies so we got to go out, but we were on our own in Palm Coast. I thought I'd really miss going out to nice vacation dinners, but it was also quite relaxing just enjoying meals on the balcony.
We kept it super easy with our first meal... a DIY cheese plate from the grocery store to start...
... and we also got freshly steamed local shrimp and a salad kit. It wasn't fancy but was one of my favorite meals of the trip.
The second day of our trip was actually Easter Sunday. We woke up to a gorgeous sunrise which gave me the chills. The Hubs was kind enough to watch both babies while I went for a solo morning run, which always helps me start my day off right.
After the morning nap, we packed everyone up for Easter brunch at the resort.
The very patient valet staff helped us take a family photo. I think they felt bad for us from the scene the boys made the day before! The boys redeemed themselves and acted super cute.
Once again, we took about 50 pictures (No joke) to get the good one above. Most of them look like this. 🙂
The Easter buffet was massive and it worked perfectly with the babies. We were able to get food quickly and then go back and enjoy more once we realized the boys were going to behave. We hadn't really taken the babies out for many meals together, so we were so happy that it worked out. It gave us some confidence to feel like we could do more with them in the future.
The brunch was super kid friendly and even had an Easter bunny, so we stayed for a photo. The twins were not impressed- lol!
After the afternoon nap, we decided to try the pool for the first time.
Luckily there was a very quiet indoor pool that was the perfect spot for the boys to try to swim.
They both were a little unsure at first, but by the end were kicking a little in the rafts we brought for them.
The day winded down quickly and for dinner, we ordered from one of the hotel restaurants. The highlight was this caprese salad and crab soup!
Our Easter at the beach may not have been traditional, but we had a lovely time and made a lot of family memories. I'm looking forward to taking them to church for the holiday next year but this is just what we needed this time around.
On Monday I woke up kind of sad that we hadn't been able to spend more time at the beach on our beach trip. Since the babies can't even sit up yet and need shade, it was kind of hard for us to enjoy it. The Hubs saw I was craving some sand and sent me down to the water during their morning nap. It felt amazing to have a little lounging time by the water.
After the morning nap, we packed everyone up for the outdoor pool! Since the pool had big umbrellas it was a little easier to enjoy.
The boys seemed to like the outdoor pool even more and once again we made quite a scene with two babies in floats!
After the afternoon nap, we put the babies in carriers and went to walk the beach.
It was just what I needed to feel beachy on my beach trip!
For dinner, we picked up fish from JT's Seafood Shack. The highlight was actually those brussels sprouts behind the fish! They tasted amazing. We enjoyed our meal on the balcony while the babies slept.
The last day of our vacation started off with a morning run for me. Since I'm just getting back into running, I didn't want to take a week off and it felt good to get in some miles.
After the morning nap, we got the babies ready for the pool again.
I went early and found us the perfect spot with shade and enough room for the stroller.
We ended up spending a couple of hours outside getting in the pool twice and even eating lunch.
Hunter and Jackson really seemed to enjoy the floats and started kicking around some. (We just brought them in the sun for this photo, the rest of the time we were in the shade!)
We love the water so much, so it was a big relief that they seemed to like it too. Right now Jackson is known to scream during bathtime, so we weren't sure how swimming was going to go but he didn't fuss at all.
Plus these babies were ROCKING their summer swim gear.
After the afternoon nap, we took a quick ride out to nearby Flagler Beach to walk around. There wasn't much to see, but it was still nice to check off our list.
For dinner, we ordered pizza from Mezzaluna Pizza and really enjoyed it. The roasted tomatoes on top were perfect.
We spent our last night packing up and flew home in the morning. I was so sad to leave, but there is always no place like home.
This trip may have been much calmer than vacations I'm used to, but I think we made the most of it considering how young Hunter and Jackson are! We have prioritized the babies schedule and napping in cribs as much as possible, so we did spend a lot of time in the room and on the balcony BUT it was so nice to just be outside in the warm Florida weather. I did miss spending all day at the beach BUT know we will get back to doing that soon. I can already imagine the days where I'll be begging the boys to come in from the beach.
Traveling with the babies is not easy but so far it has been worth it!