Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A Wonderful Beach Trip -- minus an arm and a leg...

In spite of the seafood buffet that now owns one of Adam's arms and one of my legs,
 we had a wonderful time on our first trip to the east coast.
(See previous post for Chloe's reaction to seeing the ocean the first time)


 I was not anticipating taking this picture or I would have had them remove their shoes. 
 But, usually, I have to take what I can get when I can get it.  

We met Adam's aunt and uncle and cousins at the beach... kind of a spontaneous plan.. 


Adam's cousin Ryan and his wife Nikita
They're so sweet together and expecting a baby in October.


So spontaneous that the place I wanted to stay was booked. But not so spontaneous that I didn't have time to prepare for the trip.. I cooked all of our food before we went.  I like to take our own food on trips for two reasons: One being nutrition.. I hate to go on a trip and come back and feel like we've eaten junk the whole time. And two, the more obvious reason: It's way cheaper.  I made room in the budget for one moderately price meal out (and by moderate I mean your average 12-16.95 sit down meal).  Everything for me is on a budget and I can pinch a penny until it screams.. This being the case, you might  guess how frustrating it was to me that when there was a two and a half hour wait for Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffett is our idol) and having two hungry children, we landed at a Seafood Buffet.. No prices were posted. But, I thought, how much can a buffet cost right? I have now made my one spontaneous purchase for the year (last years was a picture frame).  We were surprised to find that buffets can cost quite a bit.. 28.95 a person to be exact!!! Thank goodness Chloe's was free and I made Emma order off  a kids menu instead of getting the buffet because there is no way she eats 2.95 worth of food much less 28.95.. So she had an $8 hamburger.. Adam and I ended up stuffed way beyond our comfort, trying to eat our money's worth.  And we road home in a hot car because I was trying to make up the difference in the cost of gas.. Okay, I'm not that tight.. Actually, Adam donated plasma.. Okay, kidding there too but I'm sure I'll figure out a way to make up for it somehow.  Anyway, besides that one little hiccup (no pun intended) the trip was just perfect.

Adam showed off his body surfing skills..


 And for all of our college friends with your cute little comments on facebook... He's really good...I mean, I realize that typically, he's an optical illusion, only looking like an athlete.   But the body surfing is the one glaring exception to his lack of athletic coordination.

 He's not a bad teacher either and Emma has mastered the skill as well.




I spent most of my time sitting on the beach enjoying the most delightful "sand pies" served to me by the cutest little waitress I've ever seen..


And I sat back and imagined that I was "nibblin' on sponge cake, watching the sun bake".. 

And, I came home with the accomplishment of succeeding at "Operation Eat our Sunscreen".. I'll do a separate post with specific details on this soon so that I don't bore those of you that don't care.  But, we have spent the last few months stuffing ourselves with "superfoods" that provide internal sunscreen.. I did apply sunscreen the last two hours of the last day because I thought the girls cheeks were getting a little pink.  But, that was the only sunscreen we used the whole trip and we all are sporting nice golden tans without a patch of pink to be found.  

We will definitely be spending more time in the future on the east coast and we are excited to visit Hilton Head Island in a few weeks when we go down for a day or so to see our friends, George and Jay and their kids while they're vacationing there.  

And a few last highlights from the trip...



                           Blessings,

8 comments:

Mandy said...

Can't wait for that sunscreen post! I burn and don't tan, so this will be worth the read! Glad you guys had a great time. I have always seriously disliked buffets. I never get my $$ worth. :)

EmilytheCreative said...

Sounds like y'all had a great time. And all the pictures are awesome! We are actually *thinking* about taking a day trip to the beach this Saturday. Depending on the weather and Kent's mood. ;0)

April Cluck said...

Wow...you couldn't wait for us to get there hu...So I guess that you budget doesn't include a second trip to hang with us. LOL

I'm glad you had a great time and I'm glad you shared about the seafood buffet because that is one of the places that Rick wanted to go.

Lynn Ellis said...

I'm so glad you got to do this! The pictures are great ....as well as your commentary on the trip. We love you all and can't wait to see you.

Jay said...

:) I can't wait for our vacation! Not that far - and it sure beats having to wait until September to see you guys!!

Shoes, or no shoes, I love the picture of them walking on the beach - and love the optical illusion comment about Adam - so he wakeboards and drives a mean race-car. :)

Lifewiththehairls said...

Great Pictures!!! Where did you stay or where were you going to stay? we have never been to that beach but would love to go! Miss you guys!

Mama Hen said...

Dana the first picture is so cute! It looks like you had a super time! You have a new follower from Friday Follow! Come and visit Mama's Little Chick.

Mama Hen

jenn@peacelovemommy said...

OMG!! thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm your newest follower too!

I love Myrtle Beach. I've been there once and had a blast. I want to get my family back there but its a little hard considering we live on the beach already.

nice to meet you!