Hey, Y’all! I know that I’ve been MIA from blogging for the past week, but we were away on a much needed family vacation, Harper had 4 teeth break through, and Nolan and Derrek’s birthdays ended our busy weekend. To say life has been a little hectic is to say the least.
Every year during the first week of July, we always try to make a beach get-away. This year, we headed to the Marina Inn: Grand Dunes in Myrtle Beach, SC. We absolutely adore staying there and recommend it to anyone headed to Myrtle Beach area. We spent most of our time by the salt water pool downstairs.
The kids do not need an excuse to hit the pool, and with a bar and restaurant right there to order from, you cannot go wrong! We would normally head down to the pool after breakfast, swim, eat lunch by the pool, do crafts with the kids at the craft station set up downstairs, head to the lobby around 3pm for free cookies and lemonade, get cleaned up and grab dinner before the sun set.
The kids soaked up every opportunity they could to boat watch from the balcony with the breeze blowing perfectly!
Of course, while we were that close to the coast, we headed to the beach. Nolan and Harper have such a blast anytime we take them on the beach, and it has truly become one of my favorite places to take them because of the look of pure joy on their faces. We went for a walk on the shoreline one morning after breakfast, and, of course, it turned into hours and wet clothes (thank goodness I was prepared with bathing suits in the car). We kept to the tide pools this trip because of the outbreak of shark bites in our area over the past several weeks. The kids have so much fun when we are outdoors, so we try and keep them out as long as we can before the heat makes us retreat inside.
We celebrated Nolan’s actual birthday while we were at the beach. We “decorated” the condo with tie-dye glow-in-the-dark balloons and toilet paper streamers, and when he woke up his face was priceless! He loves balloons, so we let him play all morning and gave him a special mini birthday cake so we could sing him “Happy Birthday” and he could blow out his candles.
We all needed breakfast, so we headed to the boulevard to Lulu’s Cafe so he could have “poundcakes” (pancakes), and our waitress made sure they were extra special with whipped cream and chocolate chips on top! If you’re ever in the Myrtle Beach area and want a breakfast place to eat at, I suggest Lulu’s for a great view and great food!
Overall, we unplugged (a lot) from technology while we were away, enjoyed the beautiful scenery and company around us, and ate really amazing food! We have literally been working 18 hour days, and after praying for a little break, we were blessed with the opportunity to do so with our toes in the water. I hope y’all had a great 4th of July even if you enjoyed it in the comfort of your own home. Sometimes, that’s the best place to be!