Friday, January 1, 2016

Winter Break Vacation

For months I had been planning an extended family trip to Washington DC over the winter break.  Then my poor hubby hurt his back, which meant an 8 hour car trip one way and 4 days of walking around our nation's Capitol would be pure torture for him.    We decided that Myrtle Beach would be more his speed.  We took three stops on the three hour drive down and he was able to spend most of the time in the hot tub, pools, or relaxing on the couch.   He was still in a lot of pain, but was able to be with us and enjoy him self.

We started our vacation here in Charlotte ice skating, since that had been on our DC activity list.  The kids loved it!

The next morning we headed to the beach. In December. It was in the 70s and the scene from our balcony was beautiful.  Gotta love weather in the South.

While those of us without hurt backs unpacked the car, Chad took the kids straight to the indoor water slides.  They were in heaven!

After a quick swim, we got ready to go to the Medieval Times dinner and show.  It was so much fun that Ryan and Molly have decided they want a Medieval themed joint birthday party this year.  The food was good, there were horses and princesses for Molly, sword fighting, falconry, and knights for the boys, and enough bad acting to keep all of us entertained.  So glad we went.

When we got back to the hotel, we took a walk on the beach under the stars and headed back to the pool for a late night swim.  (Except Molly who wanted to go to bed and Daddy who needed to ice his back).  The next morning when we woke up, we couldn't even see the ocean from our ocean front room.  The fog was so thick.

That didn't stop us, though. We got dressed and headed straight down to the ocean.  The boys swam in the water on December 31st.   We volleyed back and forth between the ocean and the pool all day long.

We spent New Year's Eve playing games and watching a movie.  At midnight we enjoyed watching fireworks on the beach and off the front balcony.

Molly and Ryan fell asleep before midnight, and we obnoxiously tried to wake them up with hugs, blow horns, and by beating pots and pans, but they weren't budging until 15 minutes after the fact. Then they were upset we had rung in the new year without them.

We spent New Year's Day walking on the beach and playing in the pools again.  The temperature dropped quite a bit, so there wasn't as much ocean swimming, but it was still lovely to be together away from the busyness of everyday life.

Happy New Year!  May you face it with hope and joy for all the good that awaits us and with gratitude for all the blessings in our past.

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