This year was different since we brought along our babysitter, Erica. Actually, she brought herself, she drove her own car and Phillip and Carissa, too. It was a peaceful ride there with Colby, Caleb and Caroline and Mom and Dad.
We arrived the usual last week of June and it was hot, but not scorching, which was a relief. No one got sunburned this time, not even Phillip. The girls (Erica and Carissa) had their own room and Colby and Caleb got the bunk beds. Phillip had the usual couch and Mom and Dad slept in their usual room with Caroline in the play pen.
When we left the house, Caroline had taken a few steps across the room and she was semi-crawling and walking here and there. On day two of the vacation, she was in full force walking and no longer crawling. She has quite a personality!
Colby left with a mild sore throat and Caleb had the cold by day two. Shortly after, Caroline had a nasty, yucky green nose and eyes, poor baby. By the end of the vacation, Carissa and Phillip were complaining of their sore throats, too.
We had a BIG burger lunch at Nannie’s and Papaw’s on the way down. Erin and Jason were there while we visited and laughed. Uncle Jake was so generous to the older kids giving them a whopping $20 bill to spend freely at the beach! He likes to spoil his nieces and nephews.
Carissa got to see Montey Carlo with Erica and Colby watched Cars 2 in 3D with Dad. After a big debate over buying hermit crabs for a souvenir, Colby finally settled for two Folly Beach shirts to take home. Oh thank goodness.
Mom enjoyed her early morning runs on the beach as the wind and waves crashed. Dad loved the fishing on the small pier and his highlight was catching a sting ray. He managed to step on the tail with his T-shirt and take the hook out. Thankfully, we didn’t have to eat it for dinner. We did enjoy a week’s worth of freezer food Mom prepared in advance. We had an awesome fresh shrimp dinner twice, lots of grilled hot dogs, homemade spaghetti and meatballs, steak and chicken fajitas, sandwiches, flatbread pizza and warm chocolate chip cookies. We didn’t go hungry for a minute, especially Phillip.
Our highlight of funny things about Phillip was our shrimp dinner intended for a family and he took the entire plate for himself. Mom, Dad and Erica took about five grilled shrimp a piece and we offered Phillip his portion, but he decided to take the whole plate and enjoy it for himself. Oh Phillip!
Caleb loved his new whale, I mean shark, Erica bought him. He took it with him everytime he hit the beach. At first, he kept talking about sharks biting him and he didn’t want to swim. Once Dad got in the water with him, he didn’t want to get out. We hit the beach early in the morning and late in the afternoon.
The last day entailed a night of crabbing and sparklers. The kids loved it. Phillip liked the fresh green beans Mom brought from home, the many varieties of burritos (breakfast, fajita, taco, steak) and his shower at 8:15 p.m. sharp. Mom tried to trick him one night at 8:14. She closed the bathroom door and pretended to be in there, but she wasn’t. He was getting very anxious at 8:16 p.m. His girlfriend, Bev, gave him a wake up call at 8:00 a.m and he was off on his early morning bike ride. Bev had a little phone competition with his ex, Amy, ringing in on the other line. Hello, wasn’t this a repeat from last year?
Everyone loved the water park. Colby was especially glad he could ride the big water slides by himself. Caleb liked the little slides this year. He rode them all by himself. Even little Caroline made a friend at the kiddie section. She played with her toys and walked in the water with Mommy’s assistance. Her and Caleb slept well after a six hour day at the water park.
We took an extra day at the state park and played in the Splash and Play area. There’s an awesome park that we love. It was a fly attack when we tried to have lunch, but that’s how it rolls in Charleston. We all ended up walking and eating to keep the flies away from our food. I don’t know if Phillip or the kids enjoyed the water play more. Oh how we wished for one of these in Fairview, especially Carissa.
One night the boys decided to have matching tatoos. I’m not sure who liked them most, the boys or Dad.
The kids always enjoy the children’s museum. I know Carissa will be too old for this one day, but she still enjoys the scanning at the grocery store area.
My how the kids have grown from year to year. We are so thankful to have a family picture of our children growing up enjoying our family time.
We are blessed to be able to rent this affordable, well broken-in beach house each year. The 4 and a half hour drive is worth it even though we have five loads of laundry when we got home.
Here are our favorite parts:
- Carissa-jumping in the waves and playing with Dad
- Mom-early or late afternoon runs on the beach, not having to “cook” every night thanks to freezer meals, watching her family have fun in the ocean
- Colby-digging deep holes in the wet sand, jumping waves with Dad
- Caleb-playing with his new souvenir shark in the ocean and holding on to Daddy in the ocean, going down the water park slides “all by himself”
- Dad-fishing off the pier and catching his own white fish for the grill
- Caroline-learning to “officially” walk on the beach by herself; tasting the wet sand, the sights and sounds of the beach
- Phillip-riding the bike to the pier, bobbing in the ocean, drinking Dr. Pepper and Coke, eating circus peanuts, peppermint patties, and Mom’s burrito concoctions.
- Erica-visiting her sister in Summerville (getting a break from the Brown family for a few hours)
Bye-bye to Folly beach this year. We’ll be back soon, a little taller (except Mom and Dad), a little wiser and older.