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Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in Family Fun, Trips | 8 comments

Sunsets, Sandals and Salty Air

Last week we traded in our snow boots for sandals and took a break from the freezing northern temperatures and our every day work routine to head to San Juan for a vacation filled with spectacular sunsets and salty air. It was glorious. It was good for my soul.

IMG_8661We stayed at the Ritz Carlton and as always, their customer service exceeded our expectations. Dave and I were greeted with drinks {a virgin cocktail was made for this pregnant mama) and Atlas was given balloons, a stuffed animal and a pair of sunglasses upon our arrival. The resort’s property was a bit small, but it still made for the perfect home away from home.

DSC_3491It was Atlas’ first time seeing the beach and let me just tell you; We found that kid’s Heaven. When he saw the ocean for the first time he took off running as fast as he could straight into the waves, giggling the whole way down the beach and screaming “waaaa waaaa”. ←his way of saying ‘water.’ It was such a sweet moment and one I hope to never forget.

IMG_8742He is definitely a little fish and so for 6  days we alternated between playing in the ocean and swimming in the pool. He was absolutely fearless when it came to the water, which made for such fun memories.

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DSC_3629Atlas actually slept surprisingly well in our hotel room (although it was a little tricky getting him to fall asleep at night in a new environment). We woke up each morning around 8am (except for one morning Atlas slept until almost 10am…and all God’s people said, “Amen!”), immediately threw on our bathing suits and headed out for the entire day. We enjoyed breakfast outside every morning before going directly to the pool/beach where we stayed until about 5pm each day.

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IMG_8823Atlas napped outside every day, usually falling asleep on me or in his stroller. He would literally play until he couldn’t hold his eyes open anymore and fall asleep within seconds once he stopped moving.

IMG_8665It has been months since Atlas has fallen asleep on me. Trying to rock that boy to sleep is like trying to wrestle with a greased pig. It’s actually a little dangerous because he flails about so wildly. I seriously worry he will break my nose in his thrashing efforts. So, him sleeping on me in the afternoons was like my own little piece of Heaven because it was such a special treat to have him so calm and relaxed in my arms.

Beach_BoysDave’s work schedule has been pretty intense the last several weeks and it was terrific to see him disconnect (as much as he could) and just soak up time with Atlas and me. Dave & Atlas adore each other and I know one of the best parts of the vacation for them was just having so much quality time together.

DSC_3651Everything about the trip was wonderful. We had perfect weather. Atlas was happy all day long. He actually traveled great – he played on the iPad and with a water bottle for most of the flight. The food was delicious. I’m so thankful for the time we got as a family and the memories we made. The only things missing were Ob & Marley.

DSC_3516In the spirit of transparency, I will say our evenings were rough because Atlas gets very cranky and irritable when he’s tired. After being in the sun all day he was totally spent, which meant dinnertime was meltdown central. We had that kid at dinner – you know, the kid that is sitting at the table next to you screaming and throwing silverware and it makes you want to skip dessert (okay, fine – get it to go – let’s not be crazy) and leave immediately to call your doctor to have your tubes tied? Yeah. We had that kid at night. I’m confident we may have ruined a night or 2 of a honeymoon for some poor couple sitting across from us. We rolled with it though and decided after 2 failed dinners out that room service was the way to go. We would get Atlas dressed and take him down to the beach to play while we watched the sunset in the evenings and then we would eat dinner in our room on our bed and he was happy as a clam. I’m not complaining though – room service in your pj’s ain’t all bad. But vacationing with a toddler definitely has it’s drawbacks, I guess.

IMG_8757We are back home now and while I’m so grateful to be in my own bed with my dogs and have Atlas in his own crib, I am missing San Juan. Mainly the sunshine and salty air. It is 45 degrees here today and that is about 30 degrees too cold for April.

Now, the countdown is on though. Less than 12 weeks to go until we meet our baby girl! Unless, of course, she’s late. That’s a very real possibility since I struggle with time management and I think that’s genetic, no?

8 Comments

  1. I absolutely loved following along with your vacation on Instagram and Facebook. You looked like you were having the time of your life! San Juan is amazing too – I would go back in an instant. So glad you had an amazing babymoon 🙂
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  2. It looks like the perfect vacation. Maybe next time with two kids the thing you need most is a grandmother to help at night so yall can go out without the kids. Haha

  3. I love this post. Vacation memories are the best. So wonderful to take the time to disconnect and be together. Love that you rocked a bikini!!
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  4. It looks like you and your family had a lovely vacation!! I love all your cute bathing suits 😉
    We are heading to florida this week and I know Ava will love the water/beach just like Atlas did!! But I’m not gonna lie I think I am already planning on ordering take out for dinner time because I can see already picture Ava being that kid that throws a tantrum after a long day in the sun!
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  5. It looks like you and your family had a lovely vacation!! I love all your cute bathing suits 😉
    We are heading to florida this week and I know Ava will love the water/beach just like Atlas did!! But I’m not gonna lie I think I am already planning on ordering take out for dinner time because I can see already picture Ava being that kid that throws a tantrum after a long day in the sun!
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  6. This is just awesomeness. What a fun incredible vacation!! It sounds so perfect (those evenings sound a bit intense, but I’m glad you found a solution), and ahhh sleeping baby in the sun after playing in the water all day? that sounds so magical right now, I can’t even.

    And that Albion suit on you?? PERFECTION.

    Can’t wait to see your little girl <3 <3
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  7. Just reading old posts – we were in this same hotel in December! I really hope you got to experience the nachos at the cafe grill place! I dream about those things daily!

    • I don’t think we tried the nachos! Ugh – now I’m sad I missed out! haha! Looking at this old post has me craving another vacation though.

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