It’s Shark Week! Who has been watching? Raise your fins 🙂
But we aren’t afraid (ok maybe a little) and are planning a beach vacation. We try to go to the beach every year and have yet to introduce our newest addition to the great big blue sea. Since Jeremy’s dad already locked down the location, all we had to do was plan out activities for the kids and get our hineys down there. Speaking of traveling to vacation spots…do you guys use a method for a great car experience? We have done a lot of long road trips and this time we were gonna try something new. A friend recommended getting little gifts for the boys to open for each hour of the drive. We aren’t doing it for good behavior (let’s be honest, three kids four and under in one car for over an hour is like a shark attack)….just more like a distraction for the six hour drive. Since we already get little goodies for the boys, this is just a fun way to give them something to look forward to…ya know, besides the beach itself.
Everything had to have an ocean theme. And I spent right around $100 total on everything. I started at the beginning of the summer and patiently stalked the sales and clearance rack and hit up the dollar store when the summer-time stuff came in.
We usually buy the boys two suits per summer. This year I waited to get the second suit and I am so glad I did because (selfish motive) hopefully they will look good for any beach photos.
When it came to water toys, I let Will pick. He told me that the ‘shooters’ were his favorite thing and then I picked out the fish loofahs to make bath time a little more ‘beach’ themed.
Some of you may not understand this but I literally screamed when I saw all three of these outfits on the clearance rack at Gymboree. I’m not kidding. The check out lady was like “oh you found all three sizes, didn’t you?!” and she and I had this eye-locking moment of pure unadulterated joy. The best part was the price. The shark sweatshirts were all under $9 and the shorts were $3 each. I gave myself a high-five and didn’t care who saw my nerd side.
I fully expect the stickers to eat up an hour of the car ride. Weston LOVES stickers. Also….Swedish fish & Lifesavers….get it? The dolphin plates are one of those weird things that will be fun and functional. I think we will use them when we do our crafts (we want to do Elmer’s glue designs on paper with sand, painting shells and mini shell mosaics) and if the boys need a snack 🙂
Are my boys the only ones that get excited about new jammies? My boys go nuts about them. Jammies and chewy vitamins. It’s weird. And it seems like we never have enough. So we found these fish and submarine bedwear that is perfect for a special treat.
Over the course of the summer, I collected cheap goodies…dollar flip flops, couponed sunblock, an additional $2 swimshirt for LJ (it matches his first bathing suit so it’ll be like two outfits for one). The accessories are not real expensive but I think they will be useful when it comes to getting beach ready. Oh and I also bought one of those MagicCool towels….for Jer….I might steal it though. I get heat head aches really easily and we will probably end up arguing over who gets to use it….and then make up of course 🙂
The activities that we bought are just in case it rains or we have an evening in. I got pirate masks, a sticker mosaic, trident glowsticks (see what I did there?!), Magic Grow sea animals and a three ring pool for under our umbrella. I fully expect this stuff to be chum to our little sharks. Since we won’t have our normal toys, these activities will eat up any fussy time that might creep in. Vacation sometimes just feels like relocation…everything is the same (kids cry, babies need fed, meltdowns happen) but you don’t have your own prepared space to handle it…so it can even be harder. I’m hoping that this method will give me enough activities to keep their little hands busy and their brains distracted.
I plan on handing one gift out every hour in the car per big boy. I even wrapped them and labeled them with washi tape so they are ready to go. Yes, they look like prepared meats….ironic since that’s what little sharks devour. And that my friends is how you do a post full circle 🙂