A couple years ago all my siblings and I decided to take a big vacation together. Because we live so far apart, we rarely get to see each other. Back then we rented a large house on the beach in the Outer Banks. I don’t want to spent too much time talking about that trip, but suffice it to say it was a great vacation. Fast forward to this year, we decided it would be fun to take another trip. My sister Nikki was able to secure a deal on a house in North Myrtle Beach.
Our trip started on Friday July 7th. This worked out great because the kids had a doctors appointment that morning. We loaded the van the night before so we could be on our way straight from the doctors office. Our first stop was my Dads house in New Tazewell, Tennessee. He lives on a farm in the back woods. This farm was originally owned by my grandparents; since they’ve both passed, by Dad and his wife Belinda have been working hard to keep the farm functioning. We had a great visit. Belinda made cup-cakes with icing from scratch, as well as a birthday cake for Ian (which was delicious)! After dinner one night, everyone sang happy birthday to Ian. He had no idea we were going to celebrate his birthday again, but he loved it.
This was also the first time we’ve ever let him play with fireworks. Nikki had the great idea to push a sprinkler through a solo cup. This allowed Ian to hold the sprinkler without any real risk of getting burnt.
On Sunday morning at 4:00AM we started our journey to Myrtle Beach. Based on Google, this is about a 7 hour drive. We were very lucky on this trip as both kids did extremely well. We made an early stop to get Coffee and fill our tanks; but other than that, we didn’t really have to make many stops.
The house we stayed at was superb. It was a great size for our group, not too big, not too small. In addition, since Alex and I have the youngest kids, we stayed in the master bedroom. This space was perfect for us. We setup the closet as “Ian’s bedroom”; He absolutely loved this space. Through the week he would ask everyone if they’d “seen his bedroom”.
Clara slept in a pack-and-play on the other side of the room. This meant that Ian and Clara were as far away from each other as possible, while also not being visible to Alex and me from our bed. You can’t really get better than that from a single bedroom. I’m thankful that I had the opportunity to spend this time with my siblings and their families. It’s so easy to get caught up in day-to-day life without realizing what’s happening with the people you love.
Alex and I are working on putting together all the content from the week. When we’re finished, we’ll have all the details from this trip.