I became exposed to that kinda life before I was even one. Since then....not a year has passed that I didn't go to the beach at least once. And that's a FACT. It's part of who I am. It's part of how I want to live and it's definitely something I wanted to make sure my children knew. Understood. Came to love, too.
Some of my fondest childhood memories were made in Ocean City, Maryland. Year after year we would escape from the real world and sit by the sea. It's funny because neither of my parents can swim but that didn't stop them from putting me and my sister in the hotel pool or the big wide ocean. Time after time I would tumble in the waves. Have salt water up my nose and burns on my knees from the rough water. But every year that passed I became more fond of that life.
So the anticipation for this week to come was beyond excitement. It was a countdown to sun, sand and blue water that started nearly a year ago. It was working harder over the past few weeks to get everything done. It was making list after list of what we should pack. And then the day came. Finally.
Cierra actually was making the same trip with a friend for the second year so they got a jump on us, leaving Friday around noon. But once Java was dropped off and the house sitters arrived on Friday evening, we headed south, stopping just two hours in because we got a little later start than we thought. Dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings then checked into a hotel.
We crashed but were up before daylight in search of a Krispy Kreme for some caffeine and sweets.
The Garmin estimated 12:43 as our arrival time. Perfect! It honestly didn't seem long before we started seeing "South of the Border" signs.
And then this....
To get to Myrtle Beach, you're only on 95 in South Carolina less than 20 miles. So seeing that sign makes it all real. We're VERY close =)
Given this isn't our first trip to Ocean Lakes, we knew where we were going and even had our "Express Check-in" tag, lol!
Left into Ocean Lakes then right and our house was the third on the right. YAY!
And it is a perfect 'home away from home' for us!
And a short walk lands us here.....
But of course we couldn't even head to the grocery store without first going here -
because you just aren't cool if you don't have a cart, ha!
And Chase MUST be cool...
So this week will be filled with carts filled with boys.....
Boys hangin' out on the deck -
girls out and about -
these two hangin' out -
late nights with these guys -
and the biggest event will be the baseball games! Yep, Washington plays at 12:30 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and Jefferson plays at 5:00 on Tuesday, 7:00 on Wednesday and 5:00 on Thursday. Can't wait =)
And now you understand - Life is good!