We knew we were going to be met with inclement weather before we arrived. Tropical Storm Ana apparently got to our vacation spot before we did but she left fairly quickly, thank goodness. The skies cleared enough for us to take a walk down to the beach the first day we arrived. It was too cool to swim, but we enjoyed the view.
The next day was hot, so we headed back to the beach where the kids played in the sand, Josh and I jumped in the waves, and we all enjoyed the peacefulness of the ocean. North Myrtle Beach was a pleasant surprise as it didn't feel as "touristy" as I imagined Myrtle Beach to be.
We also went to Ripley's Aquarium one day where my kids had to find "Nemo" right away. Thankfully, it wasn't hard...we found him pretty quickly.
Now, it's back to real life, but we made a lot of great memories and I love watching my children discover new things for the first time, like making sand castles and collecting shells along the shore. Watching Owen enjoy the waves and squeal with pure joy as each one came towards him. Seeing Hazel's eyes wide with wonderment at the "mermaids" and other creatures we saw. Family vacations can be a bit of work, but they do bond you together in a new and exciting way. And of course...there is nothing so special as coming back home.
Till next time...
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