Tuesday, July 1, 2014

North Myrtle Beach...final vacation of the year!

I am thrilled to report no sunburn on either of my two kids or husband after spending a whole week oceanfront! That is quite a feat when tending to porcelain skin and bleach blonde heads! Paisley actually has a nice tan going! 

We had a busy, eventful, but fabulous week sitting on the beach in North Myrtle this past week. June was a crazy busy month, we were barely in town...nothing like trying to squish our vast travel plans into a short summer. Last Saturday marked moving into the third trimester with this little guy...28 weeks, already! Knowing my body and listening to and learning from past experiences, we will not be venturing far from home from here on out. If this baby is in the same time zone as his siblings, he could be saying "hello" as early as August...fingers crossed he waits til at least mid September!!! Although I am very over being pregnant at this point, I am not ready for a newborn just yet. 

So, it being our last trip of the year...of course we hit it out of the park. Never again will we be making plans in Myrtle or North Myrtle...I'm not trying to sway anyone from going there, the beach is beautiful but after staying at numerous other beaches, it's just not worth it. The laws/rules are just ridiculous! At one point we had a lifeguard tell us skim boarding was illegal until after 6pm...what?!? It's a beach...participate at your own risk and leave us alone. Tents are illegal, umbrellas with cords are not permitted, umbrellas cannot be touching other umbrellas (even your own) or the ground, sport umbrellas are forbidden unless standing upright like a regular umbrella, digging is not allowed unless all holes, trenches are completely filled in afterwards and at one point...skim boarding was not allowed until we asked to see the rule and the lifeguard could not verify the law. We made the best of everyday but it was quite disheartening to have a new rule/law cited every time we stepped outside. Kure Beach, Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach, Hilton Head and numerous Florida Beaches welcome visitors and couldn't careless what sun protection you choose to set up. 

The ridiculous Walmart lines that took us two hours to get through!

We started off with a bang and poor Uncle Sam suffered a devistating injury to his foot on our first day! Nothing broken but a wound and swelling to be proud of...he is in a boot for several weeks and due to his bleeding condition, on 2 intravenous infusions a day. He didn't get to participate in much for the rest of the week but we set him up nicely in the shade to at least watch the waves. 

Both of my little ones were under the weather during the whole trip so our days consisted of beach time, baths, porch hanging out and naps...lots of naps!

Evening walks were nice.

She just couldn't resist playing in the sand!

Monday night we reserved a row (14  seats) at the Pirate Voyage Dinner Show...big hit with the kids, lots of fun, I recommend it to all ages. 

We headed to the Ripley's Aquarium on the one day it rained. I have to admit, not impressed! We would never go back...too small, too many people, too expensive. 

We grabbed some lunch at Joes Crab Shack on the Boardwalk.

They were not feeling great, it was a grumpy lunch. So, we went home to chill at the house.

Their fevers returned so we headed back inside and Sebastian fell asleep in the shower.

After a really long...4 hour nap, Sebastian seemed to do better.

Or not, lol.

We took an early morning stroll to feed the seagulls but apparently they too have been banned cause there were none in sight!

Our final day at the beach was pretty laid back, we spent very little time actually on the beach cause Sebastian spiked another fever.

On our drive home we stopped at McLeod Farm for fresh fruit and to see a cool tractor museum.

They were very happy to be home in their own beds! Thanks Mamie and Pops for another incredible vacation together!

P.S. We went to see the doctor and they apparently had some sort of stomach bug...they seem to be over it now, of course :)

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