Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Long Beach Island 2021

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I can't believe Summer is already coming to close - YES we still have technically a month or more, but a lot of schools are getting back in session. Thankfully, we were able to fit our annual beach trip for a long weekend this year. We've had a lot of weddings that were postponed from last year, parties, and events this Summer- so a little breakaway was nice!

My outfit: Romper | Pink Lily, Shoes | Tory Burch
Boys Outfits: Shirts | Zara Kids, Short | April Moon , Shoes | Zara -sold out
Stroller | Zoe Twin+

We stayed at the same motel we were in two years ago when we went down to the island. It was so quaint and we were lucky to snag a first floor end room, so it was bigger then the typical rooms! The pack and play we brought for Vinny to sleep in, fit perfect!

Here's our yearly recap!


Joe and I left work early and packed up the car. We picked up Joey from school, dropped Charger off at the sitter and headed to pick up Vinny at my parents. Like our previous LBI trips, we stopped for dinner on the way down at one of our favorites- Frankie Fed's. The boys got pasta and Joe and I split the Lisa Fed Pizza and the Portuguese clams and Mussels. Everything was so good as always! After dinner we headed back on the road to get to the hotel.

Vinny did not do so hot that first night. In fact we were up most of the night taking turns walking him or driving him around the island to fall asleep. Finally around 3am he decided to give in and fall asleep in the pack and play. Both boys woke around 6ish the next morning so that was super.. 


We hung in the room for a little and watched some cartoons until the restaurant opened to go for breakfast. Of course we were the first ones there, because ya know kids.. We went to a favorite- The Blue Water Café. The boys both had pancakes, Joe had an omelet and I had stuffed French toast. This place never disappoints!

My outfit:  Dress | Target (sold out-similar), Bag | Stella & Dot (sold out-similar), shoes | Tory Burch
Joey's outfit: Shirt | Sweet Pea (local boutique), Shorts |, Shoes | Native
Vinny's outfit: Shirt | Sweet Pea -similar (local boutique), Shorts | Old Navy, Shoes | Target

Once we finished breakfast, we headed back to the hotel to change around and get ready for the beach. Once the kids were changed around, and we loaded up the cart, we walked to the beach. We packed two beach chairs for us- but if you have gone to the beach with young kids before, you know these are not needed!! This beach blanket is a favorite because the sand brushes right off, and beach umbrella. We purchased this tent, but didn't actually use it this time, sand toys and mesh bag for them, kids beach chair, a small cooler with drinks and SNACKS! Some things I packed in my beach bag: towels for each person + two extra to wipe sand. Sunscreen for face ( I use this for the boys), plus a spray can for easy reapplication. I also have a small pack of wipes to wipe off hands or face and baby powder to shack the sand off feet before putting on shoes. 

We stayed on the beach for a few hours, and decided to head to the motel pool. Since Vinny decided not to sleep the night before, we could tell he was beat. I brought him to the room try and nap. To my complete surprise he went right down! Joe stayed in the pool with Joey for a while until surprising he asked to come take a nap too! Both boys slept at the same time (which NEVER happens for about a good hour, so we were able to shower and hang on the balcony for a while alone. 
Joey's Hat | Billabong, Swim | Carters (old), Shoes | Native
Vinny's hat | Janie & Jack sold out (similar)
My suit | Aerie top, Aerie bottom,  hat | Vineyard Vines, necklace | Etsy
Vinny Suit | Target (old-similar), Shoes | Target


Once they awoke and we got ready, we headed to our dinner reservation at Tuckers Tavern. We love the atmosphere and it's so kid friendly. After dinner we headed to Fantasy Island to ride some rides and play games. I got Vinny settled for bed, while Joe brought Joey for ice cream. Luckily both boys had much better night sleep.


We started with one our favorite grab and go places the Local and were able to grab a table outside on the patio. They have the best coffee's and pastries. After breakfast we headed to the shops in Bay Village to shop a little. Vinny actually feel asleep in the car, so Joe stayed with him while Joey came in and out of the shops with me. 

For the rest of the day we went to my father in laws shore house which is about 20 minutes away. The boys went on the boat with my father in law and both of them loved it. We went to dinner with them and back to the house for drinks before heading back to the island. 

Joey's and Vinny's Outfits: Lenny Lemons


Joe grabbed bagels at the local place next door. I packed up the room and allllll the things- you would think we stayed a week! We wanted to get a head start on traffic. We stopped at the Ron Jon Store on the way off the island and headed home. When we got home, we picked up Charger from the sitter and unpacked the car. We were lucky enough that my mother in law made us dinner that night! 

It was another great family trip in the books in LBI!

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