08/15/2016

Jack’s First Trip to the Beach

I woke up this morning and realized that we are already to the mid-way point of August. I know I say this all the time, but how can that be?! In two days my Jack is going to be 11 months old, and this morning I mailed out his birthday party invites and I’m busy running around trying to get everything planned and ready to go for his big day. This has been the absolute fastest year of my life and it’s hard to believe that this time last year I was waiting for this boy to arrive. You never know how life will change my friends, so I encourage you today if you’re having a rough time – hang on, push through and keep moving forward. Your circumstances can change in a blink of an eye, and the tough times really do make us focus and appreciate those good ones even more.

Jack - Myrtle Beach, SC - Vacation

Speaking of time flying, I realized over the weekend that I still haven’t shared pictures from our family vacation to North Myrtle Beach, and we’ve already been home almost two weeks! My family and I go to South Carolina every year on vacation and we camp in an RV right on the ocean. This year we had six adults, Jack and Tebow all in the camper so needless to say it was crowded…but fun!

Jack - Myrtle Beach, SC - Vacation

Jack - Myrtle Beach, SC - Vacation

Jack and I ended up staying for twelve days and we all had so much fun relaxing and watching Jack experience the beach for the first time.

Jack - Myrtle Beach, SC - Vacation

Jack - Myrtle Beach, SC - Vacation

Seeing my son take in the beauty and the depth of the ocean, feeling sand between his toes and fingers for the first time, and watching the sea breeze blow through his fluffy blonde hair were some of the best moments of my life to date. Since we go to the beach every single year, sometimes I forget just how overwhelming it can really be. Every morning he would wake up with the sun, wanting to look out the window and see the beach and the sea gulls. He would wake up smiling, ready to seize the day whether that be a morning beach walk in his stroller, a trip to the pool to swim and play, or a day at the beach.

Jack - Myrtle Beach, SC - Vacation

I absolutely loved seeing the joy in his eyes and the fun he had exploring and trying new things. I swear that we literally watched him grow during the trip. He became so much more active, inquisitive, and mature as the trip lingered. He literally started to know his routine for each day and he loved playing with all the ‘levers’ in the baby pool, was obsessed with his new boat toy that would float as he would follow, and he even became accustomed to wearing his swim shirt and hat, and sunscreen every time we were out in the sun.

Jack - Myrtle Beach, SC - Vacation

Beautycounter - Sunscreen

This trip was amazing, and one I will never forget. Of course there were times when he was too tired to fall asleep, when the sand was everywhere – even in his mouth, and when he became so attached to having someone around constantly that he didn’t want to be put down.

Jack - Myrtle Beach, SC - Vacation

These short moments of trial were tough, but I think the toughest part of all was knowing that these moments are also fleeting. I really tried to be okay with the sand, and the tears, and the lack of sleep, because deep down I know how fast this time will go. My little guy is already almost one year old, and if the next 20 years goes as fast as the first, then I best be soaking in every moment, trip, smile and giggle that I possibly can.

Jack - Myrtle Beach, SC - Vacation

Comments

  1. So so sweet! I have no idea how our babes are almost 1!!! Can’t believe you guys were able to stay in the RV with a baby! Seriously you deserve the gold medal!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Sorry – I am just now playing comment catch-up! I am sure you know how that can be! 😉 And yes – 6 adults, a 70 pound lab and a baby all in one RV! It was tight, but so fun!!

  2. Ahhh such sweet, sweet memories! I’m LOVING that Jack is in the stroller with Mickey 😉 such a cutie!! I also didn’t realize you guys camped down there! How fun!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Jack loves his Mickey! My dad got it for him in the Ft. Lauderdale airport when we visited Florida back in May! 🙂

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