I love traveling. SO much!! I've been to over 25 countries, have lived in Germany and Japan, pride myself on how many languages I can say "Hello" and "Thank you" in, love trying crazy food (um sting ray jerky and horse sashimi anyone!?). But, since baby's arrival there has been a serious lack of travel. Hubby has been working like a mad man, and I've been totally overwhelmed with taking care of the little one, growing my business and blog and other various endeavors, we've just not really had a chance to go anywhere! But, we had FOUR WHOLE DAYS at Thanksgiving, so I went to work hard researching.
1) Somewhere new and relatively exciting
2) Not too expensive
3) Not too far
4) Has an indoor pool
5) Is relaxing and a tad luxurious
Number 1, 2, and 3 eliminated going to visit any family (and we're going to be seeing them in a few weeks anyway). Number 2 eliminated flying anywhere, because, um, Thanksgiving prices are ridiculous!
For some reason, my mind kept going to The Hamptons. I've always wanted to go there, but haven't yet. And when I saw how dirt cheap the Long Island Rail Road was, I was sold. A hotel search found me a pretty good deal at the Montauk Yacht Club, (they have an indoor pool and BONUS they had a Thanksgiving dinner buffet and a children's Christmas party going on that weekend!). Bish bash bosh we were booked!!
Now, to pack >_< Last time I went anywhere (Boston with my sister's family), Kenzo was only 6 months and not eating real food or needing toys or shoes or anything. So, this time it's much more complicated. He's a REAL boy! I made a list and kept adding to it for a few days and thankfully we got everything the 3 of us needed into this itty bitty suitcase (and diaper bag, and basket under the stroller, haha)!