Relaxing might not be the word I would use for a family vacation with a 3 1/2 year old and two 1 1/2 year olds! Very fun, but not really relaxing!
All 3 kids really enjoyed the sand and the ocean. It's just not real practical to have all 3 down there at once, unless there is the same number of adults with you. All 3 want to be in different places and it's just too much to keep up with. Elliott wanted to play in the ocean alone. He wanted to be in the water but didn't want to hold your hand or have any boundary for that matter.
At the pool we had 3 different scenarios. Jack was content to stay on the steps and hang onto the rail, no real interest in going out in the pool unless he was bear hugging you. Elliott again wanted to be in the water, but with no supervision and didn't care for the water wings. He would walk from the edge of the pool straight into the water, not stopping. He would splash around then wave his hands to tell us he was all done, get out of the pool and do it all again. He LOVED the water! Lillie was a totally different story. She really wasn't interested in the pool at all. She would sit on the edge and pour water from a water bottle into a bucket and then ask you to fill the bottle up so she could do it again. She also wanted to walk around the property, instead of be at the pool. One afternoon I went walking with her. She picked some flowers, climbed steps to other peoples condo, sat in the driveway in a puddle of water and splashed and worked real hard to get the bolts loose on the fire hydrant. She didn't understand why there was no water coming out. (see this video to find out why!)
Here are a few pictures we have from the pool.
Jack and Uncle John making mean faces.
Elliott filling up his cup.
My niece Karlee swimming like a big girl.
Lillie filling up her water bottles.
Loading up on sun screen!