Friday Five: Five Things to Love About My Vacation

Hey there, happy Friday! The week has been a different one for me – I took the week off from work and then on Sunday, right after Iron Girl Columbia, I packed up the car and went on vacation to the Bethany Beach (Delaware) area with my three kids.

This week’s Friday Five linkup with Eat Pray Run, DC and Mar on the Run is a favorite theme from a few months ago: “5 Things to Love About ___”. Last time we did this theme, I chose “Five Things to Love About Morning Workouts“. Yes, I did an ode to Morning Workouts. No, it did not make me the supreme goddess of morning workouts, but I do my best with that! I suppose I’m a morning person trapped inside a night owl’s body.

This week I figured I’d recap my week with “5 Things to Love About My Vacation“. I wanted a low-key, personal post today – nothing profound, just stuff about my awesome week of vacation with my kids and my big BRICK WORKOUT.

5 Things to Love About My Vacation

1. Fun activities with the kids.

Sure, my speech-delayed-plus-terrible-twos youngest was screaming every 10 minutes some days, and my almost-5-year-old hit his sister with sticks in the backyard at times, but I wouldn’t trade the week with them for anything. We had such an awesome week (aside from the moments like that)!

From the beach

Beach with kids

As I said on Instagram: “Not pictured: middle child who was freaking out about seagulls eating his French fries.”

To tennis

Tennis with kids

To pirate mini golf…

Pirate mini golf with kids

We did a lot of fun things together this week. What great memories!

We’ll forget all about the screaming and stick hitting, right?

2. My 43-mile bike ride & 3.3-mile run brick workout.

I need to get in longer rides for my Ironman 70.3 Augusta training. I know this. And yet it seems to be hard to squeeze it in on weekends between my races, travel, and family stuff. So I took advantage of being on vacation and brought my bike with me in the trunk of the car.

I met up with Julie from the Luna Chix DC Triathlon Team, who was also on vacation here in Delaware this week, and we biked 43 miles from Bethany to Rehoboth to Bethany to Fenwick and back to Bethany.

Biking over Indian River Inlet Bridget

It was so great to go on a ride together and have a nice chat, and also to get in a long training ride. It’s fairly flat here, so although it wasn’t hill practice, it was really good training for endurance, fueling, and working out some kinks (ouch to the Morton’s Neuroma flare up while cycling!).

Then I ran 3.3 miles to make it a good, solid brick. In the heat.

Brick run in heat

Don’t mind the sweat, I’m just practicing for a half Ironman in Georgia – the heat will be a guarantee!

3. My daughter’s exciting milestone.

She’s 8.5 and has been wanting to get her ears pierced. She had two prerequisites:

1) She has to be responsible enough to clean those suckers herself. I have two little boys to put to bed, and bedtimes can be a struggle. These days, she totally exceeds this requirement – she even assists with her youngest brother’s bedtime, helping him brush his teeth and reading him a story. She’s the best!

2) She has to keep her room neat enough and her jewelry box tidy enough to not lose earrings. She’s getting better with this.

We were out at the Rehoboth outlets doing some shopping, and our au pair and I surprised her with a stop into Claire’s. She picked out earrings and got her wish!

Ear piercing at Claire's

It was actually great that it was a surprise – she got nervous and excited, and it all happened so quickly that there was less time for her to stress about it! I think she looks great!

Pierced ears

The earrings she chose include a donation to the Make a Wish foundation!

4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Am I crazy, or was this a really good movie? And not just for a 4 year old – I loved it!

My middle child is a super fan – he came to the movie wearing a TMNT mask, a TMNT shirt, TMNT Crocs, and carrying two TMNJ toys.

TMNT movie

Excuse the fuzzy picture – it was dark in there!

5. Did I mention quality time with these three?

Kids out for a walk

Truthfully, we only went to the beach once. My youngest absolutely freaked out about the sand touching his feet. It wasn’t fun to have him on the beach since he wanted to be held every second there. Also, the ocean water & sand weren’t a great idea for my daughter’s freshly pierced ears – maybe we should have held off on that “surprise” until the last day.  But there was tons to do throughout the week!

Kids at restaurant

Out to lunch at 14 Global in Bethany Beach, which I absolutely loved. And they even made an allergy-safe meal for my youngest!

It’s the last week of summer for my daughter – Monday it’s back to school and she is SO excited to start 3rd grade! My middle child will be in Pre-K five afternoons a week, and my youngest will stay home with our au pair (he’s only 2.5). And my work will start to get busy as our concert season starts back up again.

Summertime vacation memories are the best.

Now it’s time to pack up and head back – I bought a new Thule bike rack on Amazon and had it delivered so that I can fit my middle son and his suitcase, because he had already been out here with my mom for a week when we arrived. I needed the trunk space!

New bike rack

Photo by my 4.5 year old – yikes!

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What is one great memory from your summer?

Have you seen the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie?

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Cynthia Steele is a runner, triathlete, & working mom of 3 little kids. She has lost 50 pounds through fitness and healthy eating and writes about fitting in all this crazy stuff while juggling work and kids.
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  1. says

    I love the beach. We used to go to Rehobeth, just down from Bethany when I was little. Though the last time I saw it the beach was pretty eroded sadly. I was wondering how Bethany was.

    Glad to hear TMNT was good. I was a huge TMNT fan growing up. And while there’s things about the preview I don’t like, I still feel like I need to see it. Haha. Though I’m glad they dropped the early idea where they were aliens.
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  2. says

    I am laughing because our kids are so alike! Someone is always missing from a picture because of some disaster occurring, and both my boys claim to hate the beach, although really it’s just the older one and the younger one has sympathy loathing.

    Kudos to you for getting in a ride. I stress too much about not getting in workouts on vacation, but like you, I can’t afford to take the week off!

    Have a safe trip back – good thing you planned ahead to accommodate the extra kid…that could have been interesting!
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  3. says

    Every summer I take a week off in August, and until this year, used that week to spend lots of fun time with my boys. I didn’t plan it well this year, and they are already back in school while I’m home. It’s actually ok, because this year, they aren’t wanting to spend a lot of time with me. I’m declared this week to be Wendypalooza! Today I’m off to SUP in Chicago with a friend…I’m having lunch with a running friend on Monday, and the rest of the week is unplanned. Just what I needed!
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    • says

      That’s so great you have Bethany memories! I need to check out the Viking one! My kids look forward to the Pirate one all the time and it’s right near town so we always just go there but since it’s going to be our regular vacation spot we’ll try them all!

    • says

      My husband and I used to play for fun sometimes but we were so horrible it was great exercise. But then with small kids we just didn’t ever do it – we couldn’t go without needing a babysitter. So now we might start to play again for fun with them around!

    • says

      The movie really seemed geared for older people but K ate it up. He loved every second. And our 2.5 year old sat through the whole movie but it all went over his head, and it’s possible I scarred him for life by taking him to a more grown up action movie! Oops!

  4. says

    Aw, vacations are the best! So glad you had so much quality time with your kids. I was so excited when I got my ears pierced many moons ago – such a fun milestone for a young gal :) I think my favorite summer time memory isn’t one specific day, but an activity, which was going to a favorite local brewery with my husband and catching up.
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  5. says

    Sounds like it was a great trip! I went to Rehoboth this summer with my husband. We did some biking (after ocean swimming) at Cape Henlopen State Park. Just a few miles though. That’s awesome you biked through the towns.
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