Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Hammock Shops

This is it.

My very last post about our beach trip.

And you know what?

I'm pretty darn sick of looking at 600 pictures of it already.

I'm ready to be done.

Just like I felt the day we left. Vacations are great and all, but I love coming back home. There's just no place like home.

But, before we could leave Pawley's Island, we had to visit the historic Hammock Shops first.

We did not, in fact, buy a hammock.

I totally want one, though. But we'd have to buy a  hammock stand because we don't have very many trees in our back yard. And they are kind of expensive. And when would we have time to actually lay on it?

So, we bought other stuff instead.

-a monogrammed note pad for our neighbors
-an owl birdhouse for Gray
-crab magnets (two, to be exact)
-a dog treat for Alli
-lots of Christmas tree ornaments
-peace sign jewelry for Jaina
-Brain-quest cards for Jayce (he picked them out)

We stopped just outside the toy/game store to take pictures :)

Sorry about that last picture of Jayce. He kinda has a thing for blowing spit bubbles. It drives me crazy.

Farewell lovely Island of Pawley's :) We'll see you next year!

Monday, July 26, 2010

The Pier

Only two more posts and I'm DONE with beach pictures! I bet you guys thought we spent the whole summer there because of the huge number of photos I came home with.

Its taken me a month to post them all and I bet it will take me another month to play catch up on all the photos I took in July :)


After the reception and yummy food, we headed down to the pier about an hour before sunset.

I set my camera up and used the remote to snap a family picture :) You can't have too many of those!

Wow, Brian's got quite a farmer's tan going on there :) Oh well, he's super cute anyway :)

The kids are cute, too!

It was such a pleasant evening on the beach.

And, unfortunately, our last. That evening we started packing and cleaning up from our stay.

Pictures from The Hammock Shops coming up next!

Friday, July 23, 2010

The Reception

Remember that whole Cousin Connection thing I talked about a few posts ago? In case you need a refresher so as not to get too confused, here ya go.

This is my Aunt Diane :)

She has a sister named Sharon (who was so busy running around that I didn't get a picture of her at the reception!).

Sharon has two daughters, Carol and Peggy. The live in a suburb of Atlanta, GA.

Peggy decided that the best time to get married was when all of her family was already together. The beach at Garden City was perfect :)

I did not actually take pictures at the wedding on the  beach. I didn't want to be *that* amateur photographer that ends up just getting in the way. They had 2 photographers and a videographer, so I think they were covered!

So I just took photos at the reception instead :) It was held in Murrell's Inlet at Bubba's Love Shack. It was definitely a party place!

The kids couldn't wait to have their fill of the reception food and drink. YUM!

The wedding party arrived a few minutes later by boat.

Gotta love the t-shirts the groomsmen were able to change in to!

We all stood up to welcome the newly married couple :)

We are so thrilled that our beach vacation was timed perfectly this year so we were able to attend!

So, there was this really cool bench at Bubba's love shack that inspired me to grab some shots of the kids there.

If only Jayce had cooperated.

What was I thinking? The only shots I *ever* get of Jayce are completely 100% unposed when he doesn't even realize I have a camera in my hands.

Jaina was much more cooperative, as usual :) She had swiped the flowers from her friend Kaya, who was a flower girl.

Jayce took this shot of me and Jaina :)

And one last picture, this one of the cake, before ending this post :)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tidal Pools

Not much for me to say about this next installment of photos. Our entire family loves wading in the tidal pools created during low tide on the South side of the island.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Johnny Rockets and The North Causeway

After Build-a-Bear, it was definitely snack time.

I love me some Johnny Rockets :)

Not only is the food pretty darn tasty,

but the old school diner atmosphere is what I really love.

We cooled off inside for a while, sipping our sodas, then braved the heat once more. Our destination was "Ripley's Believe it or Not" Museum and attractions.

Jayce wanted to see the moving 4D theatre. So, we bought tickets. And walked in. And promptly discovered that you must be 43 inches tall to ride.

Jayce is only 42 inches.

When he found out, he melted down. And I mean melted. He hasn't had a tantrum like that in months.

Apparently the ride attendant doesn't get that a lot because she was really quick to bend the rule as soon as Jayce's tears started falling and the wails started coming. Didn't exactly teach him that crying doesn't get you what you want, did it. Oh well!

Then we went next door to the museum. The exhibits inside were certainly fascinating to me and Brian. The kids? Not so much. I think we managed to breeze through the entire museum in less than 20 minutes.

Note to self: Skip these things next year.

So, we returned to our little island of Pawley's later that evening. Just in time to watch the sunset on the North Causeway. A very nice local offered to take our family picture.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Build-A-Bear: Myrtle Beach Style

Let's just preface this post by saying:

My kids are obsessed with Build-a-Bear.

Little do they know, but we have one a mere 30 minutes away at a local mall in the next town over. And until they learn to drive and figure this out for themselves, I ain't telling!

So, they currently believe that the only places to get Build-a-Bear stuffed animals are when we are on vacation either in South Florida or at Myrtle Beach. Jaina did  build a bear (well, a dog) once at a mall in Atlanta, but she's too young to remember it and I never remind her. If I did, then she'd expect a Build-a-Bear trip every time we visit my parents. Which is like 4 times a year and we just don't need that many animals in our house.

The second we got in the car to head to the beach, she would not stop talking about two things: Hermit Crabs and Build-a-Bear. We took care of the Hermit Crab issue pretty soon after we got there so all that was left of the desire of her heart was Build-a-Bear.

Last year, we waited in line for almost an hour. This year, I smarted up and called ahead at the store to find out the best time to go.

"Hi, we are traveling from out of town and would like to visit your store sometime this week. Can you tell me the best time we can come when we won't have to wait in a line outside your store?"

Laughter was the answer I got first. Not a good sign.

"Well, definitely do NOT go on Tuesday evening. We had a line that lasted 2 hours up until we closed at 11:00 PM last night."
O-k-a-y... what parent would keep their kids up till 11:00 PM waiting in line for a bear? That's insane!

Oh, wait. We would totally do something like that if our kids wanted one bad enough. (insert bag over the head smiley here)

So, basically the Build-a-Bear worker said our best bet was to get there on a Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday at 10:00 AM right when they opened.

Brian grumbled a whole bunch when he heard what time we'd have to leave to accomplish this task.

Wednesday morning, bright and early, we set off for Broadway on the Beach.

We had only one destination in mind.

Look, Ma! No line!!

Jayce immediately went for the Brown Sugar Puppy that was right before him in our place in line. He does not take long to make decisions.

Jaina hemmed and hawed the entire time we were in line before choosing this bear.

This bear wasn't even on her radar when we looked our options online the week before. She was thinking of the sting ray or a flamingo or another dog.

She was going to name him "Patchy" and he was going to be a boy bear. She couldn't wait to introduce "Patchy" to "Patty" who is a similar bear we already have at home. I'm happy to announce that the two bears get along just fine :)

"Hey Jayce! What are you going to name your puppy?"

"Hoo Doo."

"Um, okay. What was it again?"

"Hoo Boo."


"I mean, Hobo."

"Whatever, Jayce! Hobo sounds like a good name. Let's keep that one, okay?  Mommy can actually remember that one."

Then it was time to build our bears :)

Jayce was asked to give Hobo a hug to see if his stuffing was just right :)

Now it was time to "wash" our bears at the cleaning station. I think Jayce thought he was dirty himself.

Brian was on dressing duty. Jaina wanted Patchy to have boxer briefs.

Jayce picked out a motorcycle for his dog Hobo. But when asked if he wanted to get him an outfit he replied, "No! Dogs don't wear clothes!"

After paying close to $100 for a bear, a dog, a bed, a motorcycle, boxers, an outfit, a pair of sunglasses, and roller skates, we left with our free $5 drawstring bag that we got with a coupon.

Brian swore we weren't buying them ANYTHING else the rest of the trip.

We had some happy campers in our midst :)

Then we went to the bridge to feed the fish.

More on our Boardwalk at the Beach adventure later!