For the fifth year in a row, we packed up pretty much all that we own and headed to Myrtle Beach for a week. (I keep thinking this will get easier as Chandler gets older, but so far it hasn't.) My parents met us there. Our itinerary? We didn't have one. It was a trip planned solely for relaxation.
Our original intentions were to sleep in, but the cute little four-year-old with us had other plans. He had his own room this time for the first time ever on vacation, and he loved it. However, I think the lastest we slept all week was 7:30 a.m, but that's okay. It maximized our time together. The only problem was that this same cute little four-year-old only napped one day of the trip, too, so there were usually a couple of let's say "challenging" moments after dinner.
We enjoyed watching the other early risers at the beach from the comfort of our balcony and/or the breakfast table of our condo. Then, we would soon slather on tons of sunscreen and meander down to the beach for a while. Some sandcastles were built, Captain Hook was buried and then rescued by Jake and the rest of his crew, some waves were jumped, and several novels were read. One day we even hauled the cooler down and had a picnic on the beach. Talk about true SANDwiches! Most of this was done in the shade of our umbrella. I'm way past the days of desiring a tan. I'll just stay pasty white, thank you very much.
The pool was refreshingly nice on the hot, humid days, and the hot tub was nice in the evenings. We went out to dinner a few times, but stayed in a few times, too, opting for calzones one day (yum!) and grilled burgers and hotdogs another (compliments of chef Brent).
Chandler was all about putt-putt, so Brent and I took him one evening and then treated him to ice cream. It melted faster than we could eat it, but that was part of the fun! It was a good, relaxing trip overall, and I am so glad we got to go together.
|Part of the lovely view from our balcony|
|Chandler begged his Daddy to dig a hole. He loved it!|
|This sandcastle was demolished less than 5 minutes later.|
|I think the picnic on the beach was one of the highlights for him.|
|Chillin in the shade|