Once we finished at the Creation Museum, we headed off to our final destination ... Myrtle Beach. Yay! I have never been there before, and I absolutely loved every minute of it (except the hospital parts). I would go back again any time ... like tomorrow, or the day after that, or anytime someone wants to send me there all expenses paid of course :) As long as I don't have to see the inside of the ER again ... but more about that later ... fun stuff first!
We visited a lot of tourist attractions while we were there, but the highlight for my family is always the beach. We built sandcastles, swam in the big waves (there were high surf advisories while we were there,) and collected buckets of shells. I have no idea what I'm going to do with them, but I figure that's what Pinterest is for :)
The kids, four of mine and one of my friend's daughters, entered the sandcastle building contest down on the beach. They won an award for "best teamwork." I'm pretty sure the young girls judging were just handing the participants whatever award was on the top of the pile, but the kids really did work together quite well :) And they loved the award, so it's all good in the end!
The girls wanted to get hair braids at the poolside, and while we were waiting our turn, we visited the lady who makes balloon animals. I swear this lady could make anything out of a balloon. My kids, being the adventurous sort that they are (not) picked creative things like a snake. I'm pretty sure even I can make a snake out of a balloon :) Although I admit that her snake had eyeballs and a tongue and mine probably would not.
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About an hour after we got in line for the hairbraids, it was finally our turn. Two of my girls plus my friend's daughter each wanted one braid. $15 and three minutes later, we were all done. Kind of anticlimactic, but the girls were thrilled with their braids. In fact, they liked them so much, they went down to the other pool at the hotel two days later so they could each get a second braid :)
The swimming pools at the hotel were wonderful. Lots of shade and a waterslide for the kids and a poolside bar for the adults, the best of both worlds. My inner geek is showing because as soon as I typed that, Star Trek TNG popped into my mind. Any trekkies out there will know exactly what I'm referring to :) Anyway, back to the vacation. Mae has always hated the water. She used to cry through every bath from the time she was about 2 months old until just a few months ago and she panicked every time the kids swam in our community pool. You should have seen the look of pure terror on her face the first time she saw the ocean and the waves coming at her. She screamed like she was being tortured and would not leave my husband's arms, although she eventually warmed up to the idea of playing in the sand, but only at low tide :) So, needless to say, the fact that she went in to the pool even this much while on vacation was a HUGE deal.
One of the most fun places for us was the NASCAR Speedway. We are not racing fans, but we are most definitely fans of driving fast ... at least I am :) Turns out a couple of kids like to drive fast too! I can't wait for driver's training in the Fall. Judging by Seth's driving at the speedway, I may be holding on for dear life every time I get in a car with him! The speedway also had rock climbing walls which the boys really enjoyed. Both hubby and Seth made it the top, and even though Jacob didn't, he still loved trying :)
Overall, the trip was a ton of fun. The only little snafu happened last Wednesday night. Mae decided she didn't want to go into the hotel room and instead decided to run the other way. When my husband grabbed her to keep her from running off, she lifted up her legs and twisted and managed to hurt her arm :( When Ruth was little she often had Nursemaid's Elbow, and I suspected that Mae had the same problem. Unfortunately I was not able to fix Mae's the same as I used to with Ruth, so off to the ER we (including my mom) went at about 10:30 PM. The Physician's Assistant and the Orthopedic surgeon could not fix it either, but the x-rays were clean, so they splinted up her little arm to reduce any swelling and told us to visit the doctor once we got home. Fortunately, our pediatrician corrected it without any problems on Monday, so no more splint :) We did not get home until 2 AM, so we were quite tired as evidenced by the picture on the left which was Mae's response when I told her she couldn't have my phone :)
Thankfully, we are back home safely, everyone is healthy, and all the kids appeared to have a wonderful time, so I call the vacation a success! If you've never been to Myrtle Beach, you should consider going. It is very family friendly and well worth the trip. Just try to avoid the ER if at all possible :)