As I mentioned before, we’ve just returned home from our trip to the beach! We had so much fun, and what a difference a year made in the kids and their enjoyment of the beach too!
We had a blast in Ft. Morgan, AL last year (read about it here and here and here) with my family, but four (not quite) three-year-olds at the beach did present its problems. Getting them ready was a HASSLE since none of them could put on their own swimsuits well, all of them had to have swim diapers, and they fought tooth and nail against sunscreen applications. Plus, Zachary wouldn’t go within ten feet of the ocean after being knocked down by it the first night and wouldn’t come off the stairs in the pool. A fun trip, but with its share of headaches.
BUT THIS YEAR! Oh, so different! No swim diapers. They dressed themselves. They only mildly protested sunscreen because it was cold. They ALL, even Zachary, loved the ocean and the pool!
This year we went with our good friends Josh and Cris and their kids Carter and Kennedy to Hilton Head, SC. We stayed in the Palmetto Dunes area of Hilton Head, at the Windsor II. It was quite different from having a whole house to ourselves like we did last year. Our condo had 4 bedrooms and 4 baths, plus a living room and fully-equipped kitchen. It was a perfect space that worked really well for us. In the picture below, you can see our balcony. It’s the one with all the towels!
the boardwalk to the beach
It was a beautiful area, and our condo was really nice. I think we really lucked out on the time of year that we went because it wasn’t too crowded. At the height of the summer season, with the Windsor II full, and all the other developments around it full, I imagine the beach can get pretty crowded. I don’t think we would've enjoyed our time there as much if it had been really crowded.
Here are a few quick shots of the kids enjoying the beach one evening after dinner.
Jonathan, Thomas, Reagan, Carter, and Zachary testing out the water’s edge (How far can we go before our parents yell at us for getting our clothes wet?)
Well, that will have to do for now! Don’t worry, there are tons more pictures and stories to share! More soon!