Last week we experienced our first vacation with Mary Kate. Vacation takes on a whole new meaning with a 5 month old but we had a really good time. The crew consisted of my dad (Tom), my mom (Vickie), and my sister Hannah. We rented a conversion van and left on Easter Sunday for Charleston. Of course with it being a 11 hour drive we stopped half way at a casino in Cherokee. For those of you who don't know- vacation for Sam and I prior to Mary Kate was always Vegas so we thought we would try to throw a little gambling into our trip. It was an interesting drive. Sam had to drive the van through the Smoky Mountains. At times it was a little scary but a very scenic route. Once we got there and got everyone settled- dad, Sam and I went down to the casino. Cherokee was good to us...actually my dad won the jackpot! He won $3000 on a slot machine. It made his vacation- on just the first day!
The next day we all packed back into the van and drove into Charleston. It was an easier drive then the day before. Mary Kate did really well although we still had to stop a few times. The weather was cold- of course we were a little scared of that. With Easter being really early this year it was still pretty cold. So we had to bundle everyone up. Prior to leaving we invested in a B.O.B running stroller for Mary Kate and took that with us. It was GREAT! We all loved the BOB.
The first day in Charleston we decided to drive into Kiawah Island to check it out. We all had heard great things about the resort and the Island there so we wanted to go and see what it was like. We went to the Sanctuary which is the 5 star resort there and it was so beautiful. It sits on the beach and had amazing decor. We loved it! We loved it so much that we went back to Charleston and did some site seeing for one more day and then we checked out of the hotel there and stay the last night at the Sanctuary.
At this point the weather had gotten better and we were able to take walks on the beach and lay out by the pool. Mary Kate really enjoyed being outside since she hasn't really been able to do that much this winter! She loved being able to check eveything out.
On Thursday we ended up driving through the night-actually Sam did all the driving. We made it home around 4 am but it worked out because Mary Kate slept the whole time.
Now we are home and trying to get back on routine. It is tough! She thinks that she is allowed to stay up till 9:00 pm and still wake up at 6:00am. So we are working on that.
While we were on vacation- Mary Kate turned 5 months old. She is getting so big everyday. It is amazing how fast they grow up. She really is starting to LOVE her dog- Molly. Loves to just look at her and touch her. She loves to play with her toys and is enjoying eating her hands. She talks and smiles all the time-- we are having so much fun! We are looking forward to the nice weather so we can get out and take walks and hang out.