We didn't plan on taking a family vacation this year, but thanks to some unexpected changes to Tim's schedule and irresistibly low hotel prices, we made the spontaneous decision to spend what might have been the last two days of summer weather in Ocean City, NJ! It's been two years since we took a family vacation, and then it was in this same month and to this same destination. I love the empty September beaches!
Though our hotel room and its continental breakfast turned out to be a major disappointment (you DEFINITELY get what you pay for), we had excellent weather and enjoyed some much-needed family time away from "real life." The kids soaked up every second of focused attention from Mommy and Daddy.
The highlight of the trip for me was holding Liam or Annabell in the waves, laughing along as they screamed and squealed with delight every time a breaker soaked us. I don't think I've ever heard Liam giggle so hard. Even the people around us couldn't help laughing at his antics.
Annabell and Tim spent hours searching for shells and crabs while Liam and I enjoyed the warm tidepools, built sandcastles, and created adventures for his tub-time Thomas and Friends. What a precious way to end the summer.