Friday, August 1, 2008

Beach Bums

We've just returned from Hilton Head. What an incredible place!

This was our first road trip as a family. You see, all of our other vacations we have flown.

In a way, this trip was reminiscent of my vacations from decades ago. When my family would all pile in the station wagon for road trips. It was the late seventies, early eighties—before car seats and seat belts were all the rage. On long drives, my sisters and I rode in the back, seats folded down, unbelted amidst piles of blankets, pillows, toys, books, and discarded shoes.

Just like trips of decades gone by, Madison and I played the license plate game. Although this trip we also had a DVD player and an awful lot of texting going on as well. And thank God - no station wagon.

And Madison's favorite part of the vacation? The twelve hour drive to and from Hilton Head. Go figure. She thought driving somewhere through the middle of the night was just the coolest thing ever. We lucked out with Kyle also. He fell asleep soon after our trip began in Ohio. And did not wake until we arrived in Hilton Head in the morning. We were so thankful!

Okay, I digress. Hilton Head was an absolutely beautiful place.

During the day, we spent every possible minute at the beach or the pool. My favorite kind of vacation!

During the evenings, we went out for yummy dinners with the two other families we were vacationing with.

Madison lost a tooth while we were on vacation. Big news to an eight year old! Especially an eight year old that has not lost a tooth in almost three years.

And speaking of my sweet, innocent, eight year old daughter. There were several pictures of this dude on my camera:

Nobody I know. Apparently my sweet, innocent, eight year old daughter thought he was cute. So she took several pictures of him. I am in so much trouble when she is older!

It was the perfect summer vacation. Kyle fell in love with the ocean. Madison fell in love with crab legs. And I fell even more in love with my family.


matt said...

LOL. That dude showing up in the vacation shots is hilarious! Watch out, mom!

Erin said...

The random guy in the photos just cracked me up. On the hunt for boys already..uh oh!

So glad Kyle loved the ocean I love the picture were he's headed right for the water.

Glad you enjoyed Hilton Head!!

OHmommy said...

Welcome back. The pictures are amazing. Looks like you had a GREAT time.

Please. Tell me that drop dead gorgeous blond is really not you. We so could not be friends in real life. You are beautiful!

Kristie said...

Your trip looks so awesome. i love the ocean!

Mandy said...

Great shots... even of the anonymous dude.

And you look in fantastic shape!

Chelle said...

That is hilarious that she just took random pics of some guy! I am cracking up!!
Your pictures are great...what a fun vacation! Happy POW!

Anonymous said...

Glad you all had such a great vacation, sounds like it was a fun time together and thats so good. Everyone needs to get away sometimes and just enjoy being together. Glad the kids are doing so well and they had such a good time also.The pictures were great, printed them off to send to my sisters.

Won't be long before school starts and a busy time again starts for mom & dad. Well you all take care and enjoy what time you have before summer is over, it sure goes fast.

Lots of Love, Aunt Sandra

Lisa@verybusymomwith4 said...

You look great--I do not have the guts to wear a bikini (and beach goers thank me!)
Sounds like Madison fell in love with more than crab cakes ;)

It looks like a great time--road trips are usually as memorable as the 'vacation' itself!

Mamasphere said...

I keep reading about people vacationing and having a fabulous time like you did- I'm jealous! No vacation for me.

That boy looks quite a bit older than 8, lol. You are definitely going to have your hands full!

krissy said...

That was hilarious about the man in the pics. Cracked me up.

You have a beautiful family. Welcome back!

Stephanie said...

The strange dude in the photos taken by the 8 year old? Priceless! Haha!

That sounds and looks like a perfect vacation - all day spent by the beach or pool? Pure. Heaven!

Angie @ KEEP BELIEVING said...

We went to Hilton Head in June and I absolutely FELL IN LOVE WITH IT! I wanna go back.

Who can blame your 8 yr old by the way. Thanks for posting THAT photo.


Carol said...

Hilarious that your 8 year old is taking pics of hot guys already. Good luck when puberty kicks in.

Looks like you guys had a great time.

amanda said...

oh friend it looks like you all had such a wonderful time!! especially little miss snapping pictures of beach guy!! sooo funny :)

welcome home!!

krissy said...

Just checking in on you...and then wanting to cry because you look so cute in a bikini and I am really jealous.

But I still love you.

We are THAT Family said...

Love the fauxhawk!

HappyHourSue said...

I heart HHI. We used to go every year (before the Great Budget Crackdown of '08). Please eat some donuts. You're making the rest of us look bad.

careysue said...

I love this! You are so right about vacations when "we" were growing up (as I am a lot older than you)ha anyway so glad you had a wonderful time.

By the way you look amazing girl!

Great pics!

Peter Dyrholm said...

gotta love the beach. Sounds like you had a great time :-)

Yeah the girls don't really have to be that old before they notice hmm boys...

E and T said...

Sounds like a perfect holiday, one you'll remember for a long time to come.

How hilarious that you found pictures of that random guy that your daughter had taken.

Technology sure has made long road trips so much more bearable. I thought back to when I was younger and we played games like I Spy on long car trips.

Lots of love

Stephanie said...

What a great post!
You are going to have your hands full with that girl!!
Glad you guys had a wonderful vacation!

Wendi said...

So glad you had a wonderful trip to Hilton Head!
What a beautiful place to visit.
The kids are really growing.
I love that Madison is taking pictures of the cute locals.
Funny...but boy are you gonna have your hands full!

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Oh my word, that is HILARIOUS that she took those pics of the random guy. Ha! Wait a few years, and you might have your hands full!

What a great time to get away and enjoy your family...they are so beautiful.

Kendra said...

This makes me want to go back to the beach so badly. :)
Glad you guys had a great time. Those photos are perfect.
btw you look amazing in those photos!
Have a good week.

Mom of 2 Cuties said...

Sorry to invade your privacy, but I saw your comment as well on cfhusband re: pepe. I know I was shocked with all the unfoldings and looking for some answers...I found this blog that has been set up and thought if you haven't seen it, you would like to.

I am at a loss for words!!

Susan said...

Great pictures!!! It look like ya'll had a great time. Happy POW!

andreawilliams said...

Oh no boys already! At least she picks cute ones!
Looks like you had a wonderful trip.
Who looks that great in a bathingsuit? Did you crop yourself in from a top model magazine? Your whole family is beautiful!!

Jen said...

I've never been to Hilton Head, but my kids love the beach. They have just really got into boogie boarding this year. I would die if my daughter took pictures of a cute guy. That is so funny!

HappyHourSue said...

Not sure if you got my twitter message - but here is my post-concert confession:

McMommy said...

ha ha ha!!!! Love the random guy's photo on your camera! hysterical!!

It looks like you all had an amazing time! Loved Kyle's mohawk in the pool pic!