I've said it before and I'll say it again, Naples is just dreamy. You can always count on blue skies, sunshine, clear water, not a ton of crowds, seeing dolphins at the pier, beautiful streets and homes, and delicious food. So pretty much everything I'm looking for when taking a vacation.
I'm sure you can guess but the toughest decision we had for our days was if we were going to go to the beach or the pool, and what we were going to eat for dinner. Life is good when on vacation, right? #takemeback.
I think everyone questions how vacations can be relaxing with kids and the truth is - it's definitely not as relaxing as it would be without kids. But it's also not as rewarding and the memories you make are priceless. Taking Cam to Florida with us is one place that I consider to be on the easier side since it's my parents place so he has his own room and we have a full kitchen, plus it's a quick nonstop flight for us. Traveling with kids gets easier the more you do it, just because you learn more tips and tricks to make it better! I'm so happy we had Cam with us for this trip (and of course that we took him to Disney) - our last trip before baby brother joins us! We made so many wonderful memories!
Anyway, to make our days flow better we decided to just give Cam one nap per day while we were there so that he would have more time to play, which worked out really well. We would head to the beach or pool around 930 or 10 which gave us a good amount of time to play/relax before lunch. When he took his first steps in the sand it was almost like he was thinking, "what is this soft stuff?" because he made the funniest faces. But that didn't last long because he quickly got used to it and was soon darting straight towards the ocean! He loved playing in the sand with his sand buckets and shovels and watching other kids play. This was the perfect age to take him to the beach as he was just so much more into it than the last time we took him when he was only 6 months old. Oh, and the pool? He's crazy about floating in his little boat raft. He would've stayed in that thing all day long, if we let him! So. much. fun.
We would put him down for a nap around 1 and he would sleep until 3:30 or 4 most days, so once he was down for a nap Billy always encouraged me to go relax at the pool by myself. Um, yes please...you don't have to twist my arm!
We did venture out for dinner most nights, which typically consisted of seafood (you have to! Cam actually tried a bunch of different fish for the first time) and being close to the water. We like to go to dinner more on the early side around 530, so that Cam is still happy and not extremely tired or starving when we get there. He loves to stare and smile at the people at tables around us - always wanting their attention! Then once he was in bed at 7, me and Billy just relaxed on the back porch with drinks (non-alcholic wine for me) or sometimes I would go shopping! See, trips with kids CAN be relaxing, too! :)
Here's some pictures of our time... (that make me want to go back right this very instant)
Tomorrow I'm sharing all about the day we spent in Disney, so come back then for that if Disney is your kinda thing! Happy hump day!