Our Trip to Seaside, Florida was a huge success. We made it back in one solid-ish piece!!! We left Wednesday evening and arrived at our destination early Thursday morning. Originally, it was only going to be my husband and me on the trip, but because we were going there for a good friends wedding and they asked our oldest, Wyatt to push a wagon down the aisle, we thought that he probably should go with us. Pushing a baby in a wagon down the aisle could be challenging when you are not actually present…ha. We went ahead and bought him a ticket. About a week or so later, we felt bad for our youngest, Trev and thought that he would feel left out if he didn’t go too…so, we bought him a ticket as well. As much as we were excited for them to experience flying and the beach, we were a bit nervous how this whole thing would turn out.
The last time we took Wyatt on the plane was when Sean’s sister got married in Hawaii – it was a complete and total disaster. Granted he was 18 months and it was an overnight flight and we trained him really well to only sleep in his crib…it completely backfired. We had a screaming child all the way there. The looks and glares that we got were not good. I even imagined what it would feel like jumping off the plane. Not good.
You can imagine our anxiety leading up to this trip, but not towards Wyatt because he is four now, but more so for Trev who is two.
Because our original plan was to travel alone, sans kids, we decided that making a stop in Nashville would be fun, go out to a nice dinner, have a few drinks, then stay at a hotel overnight and get on the next flight in the morning. Since we added two more passengers to our original plan, we ended up keeping the same flight. We still flew to Nashville, but the only stop we were making was the hotel room. We were not about to take 2 super tired kids anywhere else. We checked into the hotel and crashed.
They did pretty good, the biggest struggle was when we had a 2-hour layover in St. Louis because all they wanted to do was run a muck…who can blame them, I was tired of sitting too.
The next morning we woke up and got on an early flight to Panama City, FL. We rented a minivan and headed to Seaside to our rental home.
Our rental home was absolutely stunning. It looked like it belonged in the pages of West Elm magazine. There was lots of room to play and run around. Sean’s good friend from college also stayed with us. We unpacked a few things and decided to hit the beach for about an hour before getting ready for the wedding rehearsal and dinner that night. The beach was surprisingly very calm. The hardest part was keeping the boys away from the harsh waves…they were a bit on the fearless side. Scared us a few times.
The rehearsal dinner was great. We got to visit with people that we haven’t seen in a long time, it was nice to catch up. We had to cut the night a bit short since the boys had been running on little sleep.
The next day was a relaxing one. Some really good friends of ours were vacationing in a nearby city oddly at the exact same time that we were there. They came down to spend the day with us. The pool in the area we were staying at was absolutely magnificent and very kid friendly. We spent the entire day with great friends by the pool.
My husband was the best man and our friend who was staying with us was a groomsman, so they had to run out a little early to get ready. Trev stayed behind with our friends while Wyatt and I went to the wedding. Wyatt had a very important role and that was to pull a baby down the aisle in a wagon. It did take a little bit of bribing because the babies were crying and that frightened him a bit. He ended up pulling that wagon like a total champ while enjoying every bit of the attention on the way down.
After the wedding we headed to the reception for just a little whil. I later took him back to our rental where our friends were staying with Trev. I dropped Wyatt off and went back to the reception so that mom and dad could enjoy themselves without kids. We have the best friends! After that, the night was history.
On Saturday and our final day, everyone from the wedding enjoyed a beach day full of food, fun, and play. The boys spent most of the day digging and playing in the sand. The sand was white, the water was clear and the weather was perfect, it couldn’t have been any better.
Sunday which was also Mother’s Day was spent traveling. Even though that is not my ideal form of celebration, I have to say that the trip was a total success, the company was great and the boys did really good being away from home for that long. Seaside, FL is a place I would definitely come back to.
My little traveler getting ready to board a plane
Gorgeous, crystal clear water
Heading to the rehearsal
Pulling a wagon down the aisle with a baby inside is no small task!
Hanging out waiting for the reception to start…looking a bit bored.
This kid could dig in the sand for days
Our gorgeous rental:
I hope that everyone had a great weekend. I would love to know some other great places to travel to with small children. I probably won’t want to fly with them for a while, but driving is something we would do.
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