The beach house has a burned out light bulb, no air conditioning in the elevator, a hot tub that is too hot, and there are too many desserts I have to eat before I leave. So obviously by “unacceptable” I mean WAY MORE THAN ACCEPTABLE. It is still the most amazing house I’ve ever stayed in (or probably WILL ever stay in) in my life.

We’re having an amazing time at the beach, full of swimming and cake and she crab soup (if you don’t know what that is I don’t think we can be friends anymore) and amazing long-time friends who love me despite my overly tired children. Tomorrow I head back to Virginia for a vacation-recovery period at my folk’s house. I’m sure MorMor and Bumpa will be happy to hold Caroline and get Evan cups of milk while I lie on the floor in a coma caused by too much sun and cream-based foods. Although we also have plans to go fishing and swimming and to see some wild animals at the Reston Zoo and I’m hoping to meet up with some of my interwebs friends who live in Northern Virginia (so hey, if you live in Virginia, let’s get together!)

Being here without E has been a little bit of a challenge though. So far Caroline has smashed her face into the ground, tried to drown herself in a tide pool, fallen off the boardwalk into a prickle bush and narrowly avoided running into an alligator (although all of those – especially the last one – are obviously my fault.) She’s a tiny force of nature who cannot be stopped, even by colliding with hard surfaces. And let’s not even talk about the bug bites on Evan’s legs. He looks like a leper, he’s SO chewed up. So my parenting gets about a 3, although the fun level is still about a 9 and as of 4:46 pm on Monday everyone is still alive. Look! I have proof!


OK, that wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. Here, how about these?

adorable children kiawah island

adorable children kiawah island

adorable children kiawah island

adorable children kiawah island

See? Still alive! And happy! Just don’t look to closely at Evan’s legs in that 3rd picture. And here’s one more to make your head explode:

tutu baseball cap

I’ll be back with how to travel with two toddlers on your own travel tips soon! Oh wait, no. Because my only travel tip is ear plugs. SERIOUSLY.

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14 Responses to “Unacceptable!”

  1. raincheckmom says:

    Polka dots and stripes? TOO CUTE! And the last shot? Words fail me…

  2. oh.. not Reston Zoo. They are in the news today for animal cruelty :(

    We are hitting up Frying Pan park this weekend if you want to join the fun!!!

    • bebehblog says:

      Oh no! I looked it up, it seems really questionable. I’m really sad since I won a free pass from a friend’s blog and I already promised the kids they’d see zebras.

      • Other Erin says:

        Come to the free National Zoo and then meet me for lunch at the Shake Shack (as awesome as it sounds).

  3. Denae says:

    Yay for so much fun! I cant believe you took the kids by yourself. I don’t know if I would have survived the car ride. How long is it? Everything is a minimum of 6 hours to get to from Texas so my sense of time distance is off. Best guess 12-16 hours from Connecticut to South Carolina??

  4. MKP says:

    D’awwww I WISH I was going to be back in No.VA this weekend to hang with youse guys! I would say “Is it August yet?!?!” But I am NO WHERE NEAR READY for it to be August yet so…I’ll just say have a good time and don’t let Caroline get eaten by the emu at the Reston Zoo :P

    • MKP says:

      Ack, just read the above… As I’m sure you know, the National Zoo is actually not _that_ much farther than the Reston one…just park at the Falls Church Metro, take the Orange to the Red and BLAMMO, ZEBRAS AND SHIZ. Also Sea Lions, which are old hat, and giraffes, which I really feel are what Caroline should be riding on most of the time.

  5. Audrey says:

    She will blame you for her neuroses later in life if she ever sees that last picture. Lol

  6. Sarah says:

    I love their coverups/hoodies. Your kids are super adorable. And Caroline almost ran into a croc? WHAT?!!!

  7. Cole says:

    Please to explain the croc story. Also? Where did you get Evan’s coverup? Mommy’s been looking for one for me with no luck!

  8. Oh bless him and his little nibbled legs. He is clearly very tasty! It sounds like you are having an awesome time, and what’s a holiday without a few hair-raising adventure stories to tell when you get home. The photos of the two of them on the beach are stunning. X

  9. Where did you get those hoodies? I want. Those pictures could be freaking postcards, love them.

  10. Ohhhhh … I love Kiawah! We used to go there when I was a kid. I remember alligators (crocodiles?) everywhere. And those little wooden paths. Your photos are beautiful! So happy you had a wonderful vacation.

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