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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!

In case  you didn’t check them out, this week I posted about:

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What is one great memory from your summer?

Have you seen the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie?

Cynthia @ You Signed Up For What?!

Cynthia @ You Signed Up For What?!

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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56 Thoughts on “Friday Five: Five Things to Love About My Vacation

  1. My favorite memory is when I took the kids for a bike ride, and they didn’t complain!
    Momshomerun recently posted…Five things Friday: what I love about my Summer VacationMy Profile

  2. Great job on the workout on vacation!

    Pirate mini golf sounds fun – glad you got to spend quality time with the munchkins.
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  3. 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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  4. Sounds like you had a great week away with the kids! And kudos to you for keeping up with your workouts while away. I always struggle with that while on vacation.
    Kathryn @ Dancing to Running recently posted…Friday Five – August 22nd – Five Things I Love About CookingMy Profile

  5. Sounds like a fun vacation – and so impressed you got your long ride in AND a run! Loved that you shared your daughter’s milestone, I remember getting my ears pierced at Montgomery Mall!
    Jennifer recently posted…Friday Five – Things I Love About J&A RacesMy Profile

  6. 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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  7. I love your humor and honesty about not being a morning person. I feel the same way sometimes. It’s just harder for some people. I can definitely relate to you on that!
    Your daughter’s earrings are too precious. I can’t way to get Rossi’s done again sometime soon.
    Haley @ Running with Diapers recently posted…Friday Five – Things to Love About a Running GroupMy Profile

  8. I love the Delaware beaches! I was looking through your pictures thinking it looks like she is in Ocean City! I have lots of great childhood memories from the ocean. Looks like you had a lot of fun!

  9. Nothing beats pirate mini golf! I remember the first ear piercing too :). Looks like a fun time
    Deborah Brooks @ Confessions of a Mother Runner recently posted…Friday 5 things I love about Running with a groupMy Profile

  10. 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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  11. Looks like a fun vacation! I need to get a bike rack for my Pilot soon so that we can go on family bike rides (although it’s big enough to fit 3 people and 3 bikes, just can’t manage the 4th person and bike LOL).
    MCM Mama recently posted…Tips for handling race anxietyMy Profile

  12. I haven’t had a beach vacation in years! Looks like you guys had fun. And seriously, your kids are so stinking cute!
    Courtney@The TriGirl Chronicles recently posted…Friday Five – Fall!My Profile

  13. I just biked on that stretch of road last weekend! It really is the best place in all of Delaware to bike – great views and biker friendly. Although that bridge absolutely killed my quads on the way up! Glad you had fun on vacation!
    Cassy @ Wine & Dine to the Finish Line recently posted…Blue ApronMy Profile

  14. Bethany Beach area has the BEST mini golf courses! I used to go every summer with my whole extended family (there were 30 of us) and we’d play mini golf every night. Have you been to Viking Golf? It’s the best (or at least it was 15 years ago haha).
    Nicole @ Fitful Focus recently posted…Five Things I Love About Life Right NowMy Profile

    • 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!

  15. Awesome that you had such a fun time AND got a great workout in! It’s funny, I was going to do my post about my upcoming vacation…I’m in a vacation frame of mind. :-)
    Jennifer @ Running on Lentils recently posted…Five Things I Love About Living in PittsburghMy Profile

  16. Cynthia, I love your vacation pics! Also love your daughter’s milestone…that’s so cool! Thank you for sharing and thanks for the great link-up!! Hope you have a great weekend!
    Tara @ Running ‘N’ Reading recently posted…Five Things to Love About The Heat!My Profile

  17. Vacations are the best, and your kids are going to grow up with great memories. When I look back at my childhood, almost all my memories are the vacations we took, quick weekend getaways and surprise picnics.
    You have a beautiful family!
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  18. Sounds like a fun vacation. I would love to play some tennis. I played back in high school but don’t have anyone to play with these days.
    Lacey@fairytalesandfitness recently posted…The Shoe Guide For RunnersMy Profile

  19. Looks like a blast! Ive been wondering about the TMNT movie and it it would be too old for Ryan, but I guess not! My 2 year old was the exact same way at the beach! He was terrified, but not of the sand, of the water. He wouldn’t even get close to the water to put his feet in!
    Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes recently posted…Wonder Mom Wedesday Link up: Back to SchoolMy Profile

    • 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!

  20. 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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  21. Your daughter is too cute! What an exciting milestone!
    Erin @ Her Heartland Soul recently posted…Friday Five 29My Profile

  22. What a great time away with your kids ( except for maybe the beach Your girl looks so pretty with her new earrings!
    Meranda@fairytalesandfitness recently posted…The Shoe Guide For RunnersMy Profile

  23. 1. I would freak out too if birds tried to eat my fries.
    2. Yay for pierced ears! Starter earrings got a whole lot cuter than the plain ones I got back in the day haha!
    Lindsey recently posted…Friday 5: A Happy WeekMy Profile

  24. 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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  25. your kids are so darn cute :) and I just heart Sabrina!
    Mar @ Mar on the Run recently posted…Friday Five: Blogging Conference LoveMy Profile

  26. My 4 year old LOVES TMNT! I’m somewhat living under a rock out here and I didn’t even know a movie was out until someone mentioned it on Facebook. We’ll rent it in a few months :)
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  27. This sounds like an awesome vacation! I love Rehoboth and will definitely be visiting when I come home for a quick visit in September. It’s so flat and pretty there, it’s the perfect place for a long bike ride! And congrats to your daughter on the ear piercing!
    Kristen recently posted…Friday Five: Five things I Love About Seward!My Profile

  28. I had a wonderful vacation, and one happiest memory is ice-cream with my girls in Biarritz. Its the small things like that that make the best memories.
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