I'm pretty sure that I say this just about every year, but this year's vacation was the best one yet.
We had SUCH a great time, y'all. We returned to our beloved house at Surfside Beach, SC. This was our 5th time renting the same house there. It feels familiar by now, the kids remember it, and it holds lots of fun memories. We've started calling it "The 'Cation House," taking on the adorable kid wording that Gabe created. He catches and corrects himself most of the time now, but every once in awhile he talks about going on "the cation."
Grammy and Grampy were there, of course, along with Aunt Laura and Uncle Scott. This year, Grandma and Grandpa joined us for a few days, too! (Have I mentioned before how amazing it is that both sides of the family get along so well?) Gabe said it was the most special vacation ever because Grandma and Grandpa got to come, too.
My three little fishies barely got out of the pool. The girls conquered some of their fear, and left the pool stairs (in their Puddle Jumpers, of course). They kicked and splashed and jumped all around the pool. Gabe could finally stand in the shallow end with his head above water this year. He had a BLAST swimming, jumping in, doing flips and handstands, and having tea parties under water. If they could have slept in the pool, I think they would have.
We ate at our favorite restaurants. Gabe declared that Bubba's has the second best corn dogs of any restaurant, anywhere. Margot discovered hush puppies, and sneaked more and more every time she thought no one was looking. There were many popsicles consumed. Also lots of beer.
We played euchre and Cards Against Humanity. We dug holes in the sand and splashed in the ocean. We took the kids to play putt putt. We flew a kite on the beach. We took the kids to the playground up the street. We walked to the ice cream parlor. We spent so much quality time together as one big family.
I am so lucky to have all these wonderful people in my life. Family that I enjoy spending time with. So many people that adore on my children. So much love.
My soul is rested, relaxed, and rejuvenated. I can't wait until we can do it again next year.
PS- We pretty much sucked at taking pictures this year. Obviously we think our kids swimming in the pool are adorable.I promise, our other beloved family were there. There's just no photographic evidence.