So, we headed down to Destin last week and met up with DeeDee and Graga, Gammy and Grandpa at our condo. We weren't quite sure what to expect from Ella, given that the last time she was on the beach, she wanted no part of the sand. So, in an effort to head off any potential sand freak outs, about 3 weeks prior to our trip, I began telling Ella that when we got to the beach, she could go tt in the ocean. You would have thought I told her Santa had brought her everything on her wish list. She was so excited. A little too excited in that everyone she talked to, the first words out of her mouth were "when I go to beach, I can go potty in the ocean". I was a little scared in that I didn't want to undo potty training. Thankfully, we are still good to go in that area.
The trip was perfect. Ella loved the beach and the sand, but there were still a few times we had to carry her because she didn't like the "owie" sand. Finley, absolutely hated the sand. Like, she would freak out every time her chubby little toes came in contact with it. So, she spent a lot of time on towels, in the tube on water (LOVED it), and basically, anywhere but the sand. Ella loved looking for crabs at night too. She loved her floaties, boogie boards, and tube. And, she LOVED that fact that our beach rental had its very own elevator. Every time we needed to go up or down stairs, we took the elevator. Finley had a great week too and is so close to walking, she can almost taste it. Once we discovered she hated the sand, we thought that might be the catalyst to get her going, but it didn't happen. She can stand on her own and do enough squats to make David jealous, but she's just not too sure about taking some steps on her own. She will sneak in a couple and I suspect it will be about a week until she's off for the races. She has however, mastered the art of blowing kisses and it makes me want to eat her every time she does it.
We started a tradition on our last trip that each couple has to cook one night, complete with an appetizer, main course, side, dessert, and the most important--a signature drink. I'm happy to report that we continued our tradition again this trip. We ate like kings the whole week and I came away with lots of new recipes with stuff I've never even heard of. Like wheat berries. They are so good thanks to DeeDee and Graga. And, I'm now a big fan of anything made in a Mongolian hotpot thanks to Gammy and Grandpa.
It was a great trip and David and I are beyond blessed to have the parents and in-laws that we do and way beyond blessed that they get along so well with each other. You all are so special to us and know that we appreciate all the stuff you do for us and our girls. Thank you all for a fun, special, and memorable vacation.
***This is my beach PSA for parents with kids. The next time you go to the beach, be sure to pack your baby powder. This stuff does miracles in getting sand off hands, feet, bellies--anywhere really. I was super skeptical about it at first, but you just sprinkle a little bit of it on the sandy area, rub it in, and say bye bye to sand. It literally falls off. Trust me, you will be amazed too.