Myrtle Beach 2, it’s hot

Because we have two young children, our vacation experience is a little different than a “normal” vacation. We tried to pick a few activities that would be fun for the kids and us. This can sometimes be hard working around two nap schedules. We also tried to do a few things as a group, these were few and far between. The stars had to align for our schedules to match up with everyone else. Besides all the scheduling business, once we got out we found it was HOT! Sunscreen and water were in abundance!

Before getting to the list, you can see all the pictures from the week here: https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0h532ODWJG2C2C

Heres a list of all the little things we did with some pictures and a small description.

1. The Beach
On Monday we all made a trip out to the beach. This worked out well because the weather hadn’t been great over the weekend. Since it was a little butty, not many people were at the beach. Some of us played on boogie boards, others threw a frisbee, some a football, others laying on the beach. It was a typical nice day on the beach. I didn't even get a sunburn (which is rare!)!

2. The Pool
Alex, Ian, Clara and I spent a fair amount of time at the house. Of that time, Ian spent most of it in the pool. If you've read some other posts, you know that he and I have been spending a lot of time at the community pool this summer. He broke through a new barrier while at b Myrtle Beach. He will not jump from a raised platform without hesitation. In fact, on the last day, he jumped in the pool while I couldn't see him! Luckily, I'd already put his puddle jumper on! He will usually wait for me to watch him jump; not anymore, apparently.

3. Putt-Putt
On Tuesday Alex, Ian, Clara and I visited a local Putt-Putt shop. This is a popular attraction n North Myrtle Beach so there were several to choose from. The one we picked was the closest to the house. It was pretty awesome. We rode a train from the opening area to the first hole (Ian loves trains). The course was really good too! Ian is really starting to understand the concept of the game. We'll probably make a couple trips to our local putt-putt course sometime soon.

3. Boardwalk at the Beach
One evening we all took a trip to the boardwalk at the beach. This was a local attraction that had several rides and shops to visit. We got a couple good family pictures with the Skywheel in the background (more on that later). The one above is the first picture of all the kids together (now that Clara is here!).

4. The Skywheel
We really wanted to take Ian on GoKarts. We thought there might be some to ride at Boardwalk on the Beach, turns out we were wrong! But, we did get to ride "the giant steering wheel". It's obviously visible from everywhere in the area, Ian couldn't get his eyes off it! We decided it was a good alternative to karts for the evening. Ian had no hesitations about the ride, he didn't even flinch.

5. Go Karts
When we failed to find Go Karts at Boardwalk on the Beach, we went looking for them. Now, this was a little dramatic because the go-kart place requires that all riders are at least 3 ft tall. When we noticed this, we start talking to Ian about standing on his tip-toes. We had him trained to immediately go to his tiptoes as soon as he stood at the height check. Where we bought our tickets there was a height scale, I asked if Ian was tall enough to ride, to which they asked him to stand on the scale. They gave us the thumbs down. I wasn't very pleased with that answer, so I brought him to the go-kart line anyway. They had to check his height again just before the ride. At this point, my brother-in-law, Seth, starts a riot. "let him ride!" Seth said, "Let that boy go!" another person in line yelled. This went on for longer than you'd expect. I could tell the lady really didn't want to let him ride.. but they did! Ian and I dominated the race.

While the guys were racing, Alex took the kids to some of the other smaller rides at the venue. We didn't stay too long, because, again, it was HOT.

6. Calabash!

On Friday Night, we all went to dinner in Calabash North Carolina. It's about a ~30-minute drive out of Myrtle Beach. Calabash is popular because many fishing boats in the area dock there. Several restaurants have very fresh seafood. Several of us ordered crab legs. The notable item of the night was Shelby, my niece. She LOVES crab legs. It was hilarious watching her eat them. We invited our Stepsister, Aaron to dinner with us. It was about an hour drive for her, but she was luckily able to make it. I'd not seen Aaron in a number of years, but it was good to see her.

We invited our Stepsister, Aaron to dinner with us. It was about an hour drive for her, but she was luckily able to make it. I'd not seen Aaron in a number of years, but it was good to see her.

Lastly, I put together a little video from the week. It's not much but it covers a little of our trip:

Myrtle Beach 1, are we there yet?

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.