Well, it’s Spring Break here in Baltimore County, MD. We usually plan our snowboarding trip for this week but since the break is so late, we opted not to go out west this year. Instead, we pieced together a string of mini stops across the week.
Our first stop was Ocean City, MD where my mom-in-law lives. We love going down before the crowds of summer arrive, and just before everything is open. The weather was wonderful, a refreshing warmth blew in (and just as quickly blew out), and we were able to spend some much needed time outside with the girls. Everything about OC feels authentic and nostalgic. So much of its charm is steeped in the boardwalk rides, the iconic buildings that still look the way they did 50 years ago, and of course the beach itself. We hit the “boards” (as they say here in MD) each and every time we go down, and the girls enjoy it just as much each visit. We spent $40 in the arcade to get $5.00 worth of prizes, ventured guesses when the ferris wheel would open, slurped down some Kohr Brothers soft serve, and hit the very vintage carnival rides that reside inside the halls of the boardwalk. I included some pictures of the incredible, yet slightly creepy rides the girls ride, and that my husband rode more than 35 years ago. Even then, I think those rides were about 40-50 years old. Eep.
The Ride Down to OC
My Loooong Legs, Fat Top
The Girls on the Tea Cups
The second day of our trip started at the TC Diner in West OC. Mickey Mouse pancakes, plenty of half and half for my freak daughter to guzzle, and permission to bring your Starbucks drink in. Oh, and homemade oatmeal for Mama. Ding.
The hubs forgot ALL of his underoos, so we had to go to Wal-Mart in a pinch to acquire some. We ended up with plastic pink adirondacks, which the girls sat in inside of the carts inside of Wal-Mart. There were lots of inside ofs in that situation. I also cruised the kids dept. and surprisingly found some cool stuff for the girls. One denim skirt that I would definitely wear myself def. hit the cart.
Then, we hit the Crocs store to get pool shoes for the girls, and they ended up with backpacks with lots of those rubber charms. E acquired a hip hop Doc McStuffins hat in Lids where we went to get my nephew a Nets hat. Both of them loaded up at Five Below while we were shopping for swim goggles. Do you see where these trips get us? Luckily, the hubs and I scored some serious loot at the J.Crew Factory store where we picked up two pairs of men’s pants, two shirts, a belt, two women’s shirts, a sweatshirt, skirt, and necklace for $220. Heh? I made three passes in the store to ensure I didn’t miss anything. We then got suckered into mini gold, go karts, and the park! We secretly love both, so I can’t really complain.
Breakfast Staple: Half and Half
Wal-Mart Checkout Monster
J. Crew Loot
We managed to swing lunch at one of our favorite local places called Hooked on 80th St. The girls like it mostly because they have paper tablecloths, and amazing fries. The chicken fingers are also delish, and made from real things. We love the clams and mussels, and this time, I had tuna tacos and there were super yum.
After our full trip in OC, we took the Lewes Ferry to Cape May, where we journeyed to Atlantic City to meet my sister and her fam, and my parents for a night. We stayed at the Revel there, and while our overall experience was a tad awful, the rooms are nice, and they have an indoor pool. The girls love, love, loved the ferry, and I have to say it was pretty cool for us too. I haven’t taken the ferry in years. The whole place is tricked out. Super nice building with cafe, gifts that don’t stink, a playground, mini golf and lovely employees. I get sea sick very easily, and I am very close to hating all boats. I prayed that the boat wouldn’t rock, and I all but insisted we stay outside despite dropping temps, and Ly begging to play Go Fish inside. I went with it, and my weird pressure point sweat band seemed to work, even though I felt like crying at least twice when they sped up and I could see the boat pitching on top of the waves.
We arrived safely in Cape May, and headed to Revel. The place is huge. It took hours to get the room, so we stashed our hundreds of bags in my parent’s room. We headed to the pool where I’m pretty sure every single child on spring break went to take a swim that day. It was mobbed, and cold, and the kids all loved it. What we do for the love of children. There were some super cool vignettes in the hotel, and some really neat objects. And…some of my sister’s products from her store were in the hot pink built-ins in the lobby! Such a proud moment. Here are some highlights.
Indian River Bridge
Lewes Ferry Deck
Inside of the Ferry
Lewes Ferry Top Deck
Revel Siting Area with Massive Lamp
Library Vignette at the Revel
E in chair
Products from Zinc Home and Garden!
Ly and Noah Checking Weather
We were hoping to walk on the AC piers and boardwalk but the weather was just awful. Wind and rain was an understatement for what it looked like the second day. The first day, we had a view of the ocean, the second, white cloud. The trip home was treacherous, and we were all happy to stop at the polish market in the middle of no where for some kilbasa, head cheese, and sesame treats. We also made a stop into the world’s grossest bathroom where E was talking into the hole in the floor to see if anyone would answer. Enough said. We wrapped up with a trip to see my beautiful nieces today. Six hours of bliss with those wee babies who are so very loved by my own beautiful girls. Sometimes, these kinds of trips make you appreciate your kids, how good they can be, and how lucky we are.