Remember this movie?
It’s one of my all-time favorites. Why? Because it takes place in a little beach town on the Northern Panhandle of Florida, called Seaside.
We were fortunate enough (thanks Grammie and Big Bear!) to spend 5 beautiful days in this quaint beach town. Our trip was full of sunshine, swimming and snow cones, and I miss it all!
We like to travel light, so renting baby gear was first on our list. There are so many companies that service traveling families, but we used Babies-n-Town because it specifically serves beach towns on the Florida Panhandle. The equipment we rented (gates, pack n’ play, booster seat) was definitely not top-of-the-line, but it did the trick. The Step-1 wagon was by far the best item we rented! Will had a blast cruising around town, waving to people as we passed.
We learned a lot about Will and the toddler stage on this trip. For starters: the sunscreen battle begins at an early age. Will has super sensitive skin, so we use California Baby Sunscreen, but if you are looking for other safe sunscreen options for your little one, read this.
We also learned on the first day of the trip that Will likes walking, as long as it doesn’t involve sand touching his feet. This really caught us off guard, because when we envisioned this trip we pictured Will frolicking on the beach and splashing in the water with his older cousins. Our experience was quite the contrary, and Will was perfectly content relaxing on our laps under the umbrellas.
I loved it (cuddle time!), Billy was concerned. “Is this how it’s going to be? He’s afraid of sand, he’s afraid of the ocean, what’s next?” Typical male, worried that his son isn’t going to be tough enough. Luckily, my mother-in-law is awesome with kids and as soon as she put Will in front of a few buckets full of water, he was happy as a clam.
We spent a lot of time hanging out on the deck, especially at sunset, while Will spent a lot of time running back-and-forth between the deck and the family room. Who knew a doorway could be so entertaining!
All of the adults had one fun night of freedom, while Grammie and Big Bear babysat 6 grandkids (luckily, most of them were sleeping). Always a good time with these guys, and the perfect way to end our unforgettable vacation.