This is what greeted me on the first morning of our beach trip…
Magic taken with an iPhone.
I tried to sleep in…I really did. Maybe it’s because I have been getting in my office at 7 am for the past several weeks…maybe my spirit needed the sunrises. On almost every morning that week I was able to open my eyes in the dark and creep downstairs to grab a cup of coffee and head out to the beach.
I could have sat on the upstairs balcony…after all it would be the same view. But there is something about having my toes in the sand and feeling a slightly chilly beach breeze that restores my soul.
It took me two days to unwind my monkey brain- but I did so successfully and we packed a lot of fun into the week. Nicely enough, my twin brother and his family were able to join us and there are always hijinx and hilarity when our clans merge.
Here are some pictures from our adventures:
We built some sand castles with the kiddos…always love to do this. I think I enjoy it more than they do!
My niece and I went to the inlet to look for sharks that come in with the tide to feed. We saw some small black tips.
Yikes. Grouper? Not sure but I almost stepped on this poor guy on one of my morning walks.
So happy to see a lot of turtle nests on the beach.
There are turtle nest monitors who check them and report their findings.
Plain old beautiful.
One night we all did a kayaking trip down the Waccamaw River. It was breath taking.
My twin brother found some starfish. We threw them all back in since they were still alive. This picture makes it seem like the starfish is hugging his hand. I love it.
Look who comes with us when we go to the beach!
Cattle egrets at Brookgreen Gardens- one of my favorite places in the world.
Tide is coming back into the inlet.
For the past two years I have been buying cheap beads, jewelry, coins (this year we added army men and dinosaurs) and I bury them in the sand as “pirate treasure.”
It’s fantastic and the kids go crazy. I usually do it when they are swimming with the guys and when they come back on shore I tell them I just saw some pirates come out of the water with a giant chest. The stories get wilder and we do it for several days. They end up playing with the stuff all week and they have a ball.
The trick is to mark the holes with an “X” and then put a stick in the middle. I neglected to do the stick part last year and it was super windy and my “x”s got covered up with blowing sand. Some kid has quite a load of money since I put real money in the holes with the pirate booty last year.
The beach version of Rainbow Row
The statues are amazing at Brookgreen Gardens.
Our weather was amazing and we created some memories that will last a lifetime. I was so happy to have uninterrupted time with my family and I can’t wait til next summer!
And on another note…my sweet girl goes off to kindergarten this week. I am filled with tons of emotions…I have so much gratitude and humility that God has given me this amazing little girl who is funny, smart, kind and has some firecracker in her! Mr. V shakes his head, smiling and says, “I wonder where she gets it?”
How quickly this time has gone.
It seems like yesterday that this little tyke was toddling into my office for a visit!
Lots of warm hugs to all of the Mommies out there who are sending kiddos back to school.
And to anyone who is going through a transition right now…I hope you find peace through it all.
I’m grateful for the wonderful distraction of many client projects this week!
Hope your summer was wonderful…
Thanks for reading,
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