Growing up, vacations weren’t a big thing. When possible, we’d drive to Florida to see my mom’s family for a week, but that wasn’t possible every year. The first time I stayed in a hotel with my family was on my 13th birthday when my grandfather was inducted at the State Commander for the American Legion. We’d go on day trips, but to take 5 kids anywhere isn’t an easy feat.
Even though we’re all adults now, it’s still weird to see my family go on vacation anywhere! But thankfully, they make the trek to Virginia each year to see us. It’s exciting now that we have a house with a spare bedroom for them to sleep in! Much comfier than an air mattress that deflates at night.
While they were in town, I made a point to work as little as possible & enjoy the moments with them. My nephew, Aiden, is just 6 weeks younger than Hazel so we planned most of our activities around keeping them busy!
These two munchkins hadn’t seen each other since Christmas, so we weren’t sure how much they remembered. They were hilarious together! Tickle fights & hugs were rampant throughout the week.indoor carousel in downtown Hampton. It was built in 1920, is completely restored and is one of only 200 antique carousels still in the US. Despite the looks on their faces, the kids loved it! We rode twice & then started to leave, but the kids begged to ride again, so we let them go for a third trip right before they closed for the evening.Virginia Air & Space Center. I can’t wait until they’re older and we can explore this with them (& they’ll actually get it & enjoy it).Old Hampton Ice Cream Parlor. I mean, who needs dinner, right? It totally made Hazel’s day to see Josh walk in the door after he got off work!The Hampton Seafood Market to cook on his brand new grill! It was a birthday present from my parents, and I lost count as to how many pounds of meat and seafood we grilled on that baby in the first week!