After nap time and our individual spa services, the three of us ate some lunch in our room and then drove to nearby Chatham Lighthouse Beach to fly Quinn’s first kite together!
He loved it.
Doing anything with a kid for the first time is truly the best. I absolutely loved seeing the pure joy and amazement on Q-Man’s face as he looked up at his kite.
After kite-flying, we picked some shells and rocks from the beach for our collection at home (another vacation family tradition).
Here’s our only family photo from our Chatham trip. #derp
After spending awhile at the beach, we headed back to CBI to enjoy happy hour on the veranda, which had absolutely breathtaking views of the ocean. I think Mal and I would have stayed there all night, if we didn’t have a maniac toddler with us.
Quinn loved playing (and exploring) the veranda. (I didn’t snap any pics because I was chasing him!) Thankfully, it wasn’t crowded, but, whoa, he did not want to sit still.
It was obvious Quinn was getting antsy, so we headed inside to The Sacred Cod, the inn’s casual tavern, for dinner. (I think my face says it all… I sensed a potential meltdown on the horizon! Ha!)
I ordered one of CBI’s signature cocktails called a “Cranberry Cooler,” which was made with cranberry vodka, fresh lime juice, and soda water. It was perfect. I like mixed drinks, but I typically don’t order them because they’re always too sweet for my liking, but our server assured me this one wasn’t overly sugary and she was exactly right. Definitely try this one if you visit!
Our meal started with warm homemade brioche served with cranberry butter and we all went crazy over it. Holy yum!
Mal and I shared the Mini Lobster Rolls as an appetizer. They were light and fresh and not weighed-down with mayo. Mmm… again, perfect. We offered some to Quinn, but he wasn’t interested. We let him know he was missing out. Haha!
While we waited for our entrees, Quinn got really restless. We tried everything (i.e. crayons, toys, “Melmo”) to keep him entertained, but he just wanted to run around the restaurant. We didn’t want a maniac toddler ruining other guests’ dining experience, so we took our dinners to go. I ordered the Shrimp & Grapefruit Salad that came with shaved fennel, avocado, and radish, which I swear looked better plated in the restaurant than it did in a to-go container. Oooh, life with a toddler… Quinn was much happier hanging out in our suite and doing his own thing.
After such a busy day, we spent the evening relaxing and watching a movie together before heading to bed early.
The next morning, I headed over to the fitness center for a quick workout.
* 10 Rows (used Nautilus machine)
* 20 Push-Ups
* 30 Medicine Ball Squat Thrusts
* 40 Air Squats
Not even 30 minutes later, I was back in our suite enjoying breakfast with my boys.
Quinn went with pancakes, fruit, and milk again.
And I ordered an egg white and goat cheese frittata, which I loved even more than the previous day’s, which I didn’t think was possible! (I actually tried to recreate it at home!)
With breakfast, Mal and I shared a pot of Bulletproof Coffee (hot coffee mixed with coconut oil and butter), which was phenomenal. I know I’m late to the game, but I’m so glad I finally tried it. I seriously loved it.
After breakfast, we packed up, checked out, and drove home. Just like that, our vacation was over. It was kind of sad leaving CBI, but, all in all, we had a wonderful experience and can’t thank the resort enough for hosting us. It was definitely a family vacation we’ll never forget!
Question of the Day
Parents: How do you deal with toddler/kid meltdowns at restaurants?
Have you tried Bulletproof Coffee? Thoughts?