Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Hilton Head, Day 5

I mean, how many more pictures can I possibly post of us all tan and sandy and blissed out?

Don't worry, I only have a few more because this was our last full day on the island.

We decided to mix things up a little bit, even though our routine of breakfast in the condo, lunch at home or on the beach in picnic form, midday pool break, more beach, and fancy dinner was really working for us.

On our last day, we discovered a wonderful little coffee shop and bakery right by our condo (THE LAST DAY?! D'OH) ad walked there for breakfast and some playground time.

Then we went to the beach, mainly just to snag our chairs and bob in a few waves.

 Before spending the rest of our morning at the pool, with plans to walk over to our favorite lunch spot.  But!  Dorothy was shivering while lying in the sun on the hot concrete, and I realized that she had a fever.  So Ben took her back to the condo for some meds and dry clothes while the boys and I hung by the pool, which is basically what we do best.

Enjoying a pre-fever popsicle.
 I love a restaurant you can walk up to in your swimsuit and feel right at home.  If you also love that, check out Harbour Town Burgers and Brews.

 Home of technicolor sodas.
 So happy he got to sit with patient zero.
 Ben and Dorothy went back to the condo to relax for a while after lunch, so I took the crazies to the beach.  Except for this brief interlude, we swam THE WHOLE TIME.
 Ben and Dorothy came back for some burying in the sand time
 When we were thoroughly sick of the beach-- at like 5:00 when they kicked us out of our chairs, we took the kids home and gave them a truly odd dinner of all of the leftover food at the condo-- mostly cereal and pop tarts and fruit, so it was basically their favorite meal of the trip-- and then walked to Harbour Town for ice cream and one more round of souvenirs.

 Ben and I planned to eat Stu's, our favorite sandwich shop, after we finished packing our suitcases and cleaning out the car and stuffing the cooler for a road trip picnic.  But! Stu's was closed, so we went back to the Frosty Frog (our trip's MVP FOR SURE) for takeout sandwiches-- crab cake and grouper-- and you guessed it MOAR daiquiris.

Ben saw a freaking armadillo nosing around all the junk from the car we put on the front walkway to get un-sandy and we thought for awhile that we probably were going to get leprosy.  Mainly, though, we just kind of moped around, sad that such a wonderful trip was ending.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Hilton Head, Day 4

That's what I made for BREAKFAST because, clearly, the Whole30 DESTROYED ME.
 Our walk to the beach from the car-- something I have become nostalgic for since we got back to the land-locked fly-over.
 Why yes, Cooper DID break his boogie board by sitting on it-- how can you tell?
 They played together for the first 30 minutes we were there, and it was lovely.  Ben and I relaxed in the sun.
 Until they needed a snack.  Always with the snacks.
 So sweet!  So sandy!
 We spent most of our morning on this beauty:

 We stayed at the beach as long as we could, even packing a lunch and eating it on the benches by the showers because it really was supposed to rain.  But then, magically, it didn't.  So when we were so hot and beached out at like 3:00, we headed to the cute little community pool that we got to use for our stay.  They made pina coladas in a blender that were not from a mix and were amazing.  AMAZING.
 A little exhausted from an 8-hour beach/pool day.
 Instead of planning a big dinner out, we took Dorothy and Cooper to ride ponies-- something they did last time and haven't stopped talking about-- and then hit up Wal-Mart for a sunscreen refill and the Lego Batman movie, which we watched while at takeout pizza from Frosty Frog and Ben and I did a little more adjunct work.  And it did actually rain a little, so we really loved our cozy night in.

 After the movie, we did a little night beach.

And then Ben and I had takeout Daiquiris and watched another movie and were asleep by like 9:45.  Another perfect day.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Hilton Head, Day 3

 As you can probably guess, this was the night we went to our very favorite restaurant in the world, The Wreck of the Salty Dog.  What can I say?  We stayed with our YOLO theme and went for it because Salty Dog is on a cute little marina that wouldn't be as much fun in the rain.  We were worried that future nights would be stormy.

We started the day with a little friendly condo screen time for the kids and online adjunct class work time for the parents.  Fun times.
 We hit the beach nice and early and snagged our favorite chairs before we-- as Dorothy said-- "hit the waves" in our inner tubes.
 The boys went with matching swim gear.

 For a few lovely minutes, they all played together and Ben and I relaxed in our chairs.  Heavenly.
 We went back to the condo pool before lunch to deposit some of our sand
 And everybody switched swimwear for the afternoon.
 I have to say that I am not usually an ocean swimmer.  I kind of really hate to swim with fish.  BUT!  The kids LOVED the ocean so much that Ben and I were bobbing in waist-high water with waves that broke over our heads all day long.  The last time I got head-to-toe wet with saltwater was our honeymoon, which made me want to get my crazy shit on a plane and take the kids to the Caribbean.
Cooper and Harry discovered the magic of the witch castle and payed for hours together in the sand.  It was adorable.
 When we first came here, jack was younger than Dorothy is now; Cooper was not even 1, and Dorothy was a postive pregnancy test we were still keeping a secret.  And now look at them!  Giants!
 Cooper ordered the kids' "seshul" which was a corn dog.
 The Salty Dog cocktail is worth the whole trip.
 Even Dorothy was reasonably well behaved.
 See?  It;s a magical place?  EVERYONE WAS HAPPY the WHOLE TIME.
 We even asked 2 different strangers to take our pictures.

Hilton Head is the best, you guys.  So sandy.  So preppy.  So many palm trees.