The Start of Our Better-Late-Than-Never Spring Break

A couple of weeks ago, we enjoyed a stay-cation during the little guy’s spring break due to Clay’s schedule. While his classmates jetted off to the beach, traveled overseas, and experienced Disney World, we played tourists in our backyard with family visiting from out-of-town. Now that it is toward the end of April, we’re finally enjoying our spring break vacation – just a couple of weeks later than everyone else. Because Weston starts kindergarten next year, this will likely be our last year traveling outside of school breaks…we’re taking advantage of him being in pre-K while we can!


Apparently so is he.

Here is the little guy showing me the ‘phone number’ a girl gave him at school.

He’s five. FIVE!

But that’s enough about the social politics of preschool – let’s get back to our better late than never spring break. So when Clay discovered he had to go TDY to Fort Bragg, NC the day before our scheduled trip to his parents outside of Wilmington, NC, we decided to leave a day early and have the kids and I accompany him to the home of the 82nd Airborne Division. On Thursday afternoon, we loaded up the family roadster and headed south (thank you HOV lanes), like so many times before…only this time it didn’t take us two hours to travel 15 miles. Success!


Because we had Lucy with us (like most of our road trips) our dining options were limited because very few restaurants are welcoming of a dog in the dining area. Lucky for us, the April weather was perfect for a take-out picnic dinner alongside I-95 on the Virginia/North Carolina border. There was even a drive-thru Starbucks next door…talk about a classy stop.


With road names like these, we knew we were close to Fayetteville!


Having family stationed at Fort Bragg has been wonderful during our time in the Washington DC area. It was great seeing Martha, Edward, and the kids again and having them graciously let us invade their house for the night. On Friday evening, once Clay was finished with his business on post, we piled into the Outback and headed for the coast while throwing yogurt bites into the backseat in effort to appease the restless little ones.


We were greeted by Clay’s parents. And rain.

Lots and lots of rain.

Womp. Womp.


On Saturday, we went to Ocean Isle and then down to Hamburger Joe’s in Surfside Beach, SC. We did our best to make the most of the day, despite the rain. The expansive beach on Ocean Isle was absolutely beautiful – the reflection due to the rain was actually quite ethereal.



Yesterday morning, the clouds finally parted so we booked it to Wrightsville Beach as fast as we could. We spent the morning on the beach and took advantage of the bright sun and slight breeze. We couldn’t have asked for a better day on the beach.


 These two were ready to get their beach on!




We’re taking the kids back to the beach this morning and then Clay and I are leaving for the kid-free portion of this spring break getaway (woohoo!). Clay’s parents graciously (foolishly?) offered to watch the kids so we can attend my cousin’s wedding in California so we decided to turn it into a kid-free vacation. While we will miss the kids terribly, we’re so looking forward to escaping the east coast for a little while. If you’re so inclined, please feel free to follow along on Instagram. If not, I’ll be back with a recap sometime next week.


3 thoughts on “The Start of Our Better-Late-Than-Never Spring Break

  1. Wow, glad you got some sun out of it. Today is the first day in over a week that we are seeing sun in Charleston! Love that photo of you tossing Violet 🙂

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