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Surf City Pics

25 Jun

Hi everyone!  I hope you are all doing well and having a great week so far.

We are finishing up our third day of vacation at Surf City.  We really like this beach so far and are having a great time. The house we rented is right on the beach, and I mean RIGHT ON the beach.  The front of the house is actually built into the sand dune.  This is so convenient for me, because if I forget something or someone has to use the potty, it is no big deal to get back to the house. When you are at the beach with a 2-year old and 4-year old (plus Emma, who is 1), things like that make a big difference!

Aaron and Noah joined us today, so we have a full house.  Charlie is so excited to have them here.  I can’t wait to see the fun they will have on the beach tomorrow.

After a wonderful dinner of grilled shrimp and mahi mahi tonight, we walked down the beach to the pier, got some ice cream, and walked to the end of the pier.  I wish I had taken my camera because it was absolutely gorgeous!

Here are some pics from the past couple of days:

Charlie doing some serious fishing on the beach.

Charlie doing some serious fishing on the beach.

All of that fishing obviously wore Jason and Charlie out!

All of that fishing obviously wore Jason and Charlie out!

Maddie and her shovel

Maddie and her shovel

Jason spent a LOT of time digging holes on the beach!  The kids love it!

Jason spent a LOT of time digging holes on the beach! The kids love it!

Emma on the beach

Emma on the beach

...and Emma in the bucket!

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These kids are crazy!

These kids are crazy!

Casey and Emma looking for sharks teeth on the beach.  We found tons!

Casey and Emma looking for sharks teeth on the beach. We found tons!

I love this pic of Jason and Charlie sitting in the HUGE hole they dug!

I love this pic of Jason and Charlie sitting in the HUGE hole they dug!

My toes!!!

My toes!!!

Charlie was so excited when Jason buried him in the sand!

Charlie was so excited when Jason buried him in the sand!

Now my goal for tomorrow is to have someone take some pics with ME in them!

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Our Winter Getaway

4 Mar

Whew, life has been busy for us lately!  Between Jason’s work, turning over the duplex, family obligations, and many, many other things, I have been feeling like our little family has just not been quite together.  I decided a few weeks ago that we needed to get away for a quick weekend at the beach to just enjoy each other without all of the distractions of everyday life.  Since it is still technically winter and pretty cold, I found a great resort at Myrtle Beach that features 2 indoor water parks.  While it was a little strange for us to be at the beach this time of year, we had an absolutely wonderful weekend!

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Charlie and Maddie were so excited!  We have been telling them for a couple of weeks that were were going to the beach, so they were happy that the day had finally arrived.

Charlie and Maddie were so excited! We have been telling them for a couple of weeks that were were going to the beach, so they were happy that the day had finally arrived.

It was cold but still sunny and gorgeous.  We were very cold running back and forth between the two water parks!  Luckily, all of the water was heated.

It was cold but still sunny and gorgeous. We were very cold running back and forth between the two water parks! Luckily, all of the water was heated.

There were tons of birds on the beach and floating in the water.

There were tons of birds on the beach and floating in the water.

Jason and Maddie-Jason is always so photogenic.

Jason and Maddie-Jason is always so photogenic.

We went to Broadway at the Beach Saturday night and had dinner at the Key West Grill.  There were pirates everywhere so Charlie loved it!

We went to Broadway at the Beach Saturday night and had dinner at the Key West Grill. There were pirates everywhere so Charlie loved it!

After playing at the water parks all day on Saturday, we went to Broadway at the Beach for an early dinner.  We had a wonderful meal at the Key West Grill.  Because of the time of year and the odd hour that we were eating, we were almost alone in the restaurant!  For anyone who has been out to dinner with a 2-year old and a 3-year old, you will understand that this was ideal.  My only regret is that I ordered a cup instead of a bowl of she-crab soup.  It was so good and Maddie ate half of mine!

Feeding the fish and ducks.

Feeding the fish and ducks.

Maddie was afraid of all of the seagulls that were walking around us. She refused to walk by them, so Charlie scared them all off.

Maddie was afraid of all of the seagulls that were walking around us. She refused to walk by them, so Charlie scared them all off.

 

Charlie on a T-Rex.

Charlie on a T-Rex.

Riding the cars at the "Pavilion."

Riding the cars at the “Pavilion.”

A few of the rides from the old Myrtle Beach Pavilion have been moved here.  Charlie and Maddie loved riding the cars.  Jason and I kept telling the kids, “When we were little the Pavilion…….” and finally it hit us that we were old!  Myrtle Beach has changed a lot since were were little kids.

Charlie in his new bed that Jason created for him.

Charlie in his new bed that Jason created for him.

We had such a great time this weekend.  I started to get the after-vacation blues when we got home today, then realized that I don’t technically have to go to work tomorrow and I got over it!  I am so blessed to have the husband and kids that I do, and we live a really great life.  I am so thankful for that.  Sometimes it just takes a weekend to get over life!

 

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Beach Bums

21 Aug

 Here we go for Summer Update #2!  I decided to dedicate this one to vacations that we have taken over the past couple of months.  We spent the first week in June at Atlantic Beach.  Usually we go with Jason’s side of the family to Myrtle Beach, but decided to switch it up this year and stick to NC beaches.  We really love Myrtle Beach since that is the beach that we all grew up going to, but it has become very crowded and commercialized.  One thing I love about North Carolina beaches is that you really feel like you are at the beach!   The little restaurants in shacks and lack of Wings and Eagles really appeal to me.  Plus, Jason and Alvin loved fishing on the beach (even though they caught nothing but sharks-made me stay out of the water:)).  The kids are old enough now to stay out on the beach all day without any problems. 

I came to terms with the fact that I just am not going to get to relax on the beach with a good book at this time in my life!  It was a constant job to keep Maddie from drowning herself in the ocean.  If I looked in the other direction she would take off like a rocket towards the waves.  It was exhausting!

One thing we LOVED doing on a rainy day was visiting the aquarium. 

Me, Maddie, Charlie, and Aunt Jill checking out the shark tank.

Jill, Sandra, Charlie, Maddie, and Jason petting an alligator!

The first week of July we went to Amelia Island off the coast of Florida.  It was wonderful!  We stayed at the Ritz-Carlton and by the end of that trip I was so relaxed I could barely move!  Fernandina Beach is a wonderful little town and the hotel is known for catering to children.  Everyone had a great time.  There were wonderful tidal pools on the beach, so that helped with Maddie’s tendency to run into the ocean quite a bit.  Another thing that helped a lot is that Charlie took swimming lessons the week before this trip, so with a puddle jumper on he was safe in the swimming pools.  He had a great time with Sam and Aaron.

Charlie got to sleep in a bed with me and Jason, which was a little treat for all of us since we don’t do that at home.  Luckily we had a king size bed!  Also during this trip we got to introduce Charlie and Maddie to what I consider to be one of life’s greatest pleasures-room service.  They loved sitting on the floor eating pancakes and bacon,and I loved not having to cook those pancakes and bacon.  I loved that so much. We had such a great time that we decided to stay an extra night!

 

Summer is almost over, but we do have one more beach trip planned for the first week of September.  Can’t wait!!!

 

 

Vacation, Or Business Trip?

22 Jul

It has been a week since we returned from our family vacation to the beach for the 4th of July, and I finally feel able to relive it.  I have spent the past week doing laundry, wrestling the kids back into their schedules, and eating salads to lose the weight I gained snacking all day long. 

The thing that I have discovered about vacationing with my children is that it really isn’t a vacation for me at all.  You see, when a stay at home mom takes her children on vacation, she is technically just taking her work with her.  There are still mouths to feed, diapers to change, naps to take, discipline to dole out, and the added stress of sunburn, sand in the sheets, and a huge ocean just waiting to drown an unsuspecting 2-year old. What kind of vacation is this, exactly?

Not to say I didn’t have a few hours of relaxation (thank you, Gramma), but I can see that the days of lounging by the pool with my ipod and a good book are over, for now at least.  I managed to take the kids out on the beach for a couple of hours each morning, where Charlie dug holes in the sand, built sandcastles with his dad and Aunt Jill, and after a few timid days raced towards the ocean like a madman. Maddie and I sat under the tent playing for as long as she would tolerate the sand and wind.  After lunch and naps we returned to the beach for a few more minutes. 

We used to go out for dinner every night that we were at the beach, but our family was willing to cook and eat at our condo several nights.  The long waits at restaurants and inevitable late dinners just aren’t conducive to babies.  We did have wonderful meals at home, though, so no one seemed to mind!

Charlie got to have his first real beach experience, so I can’t call the vacation a total wash.  It was really fun to see him running through the sand and water to pick up seashells and jump over waves.  And I didn’t have to do any ironing, so that is always a plus.  Maybe after Christmas Jason and I can go on a real vacation, somewhere that doesn’t allow anyone under the age of 18!