I'm still not sure how I convinced Will Zuill (a man who is not a fan of the beach or group vacations) to go to the beach and stay in a house with 12 other people for a week. Yet I must have, because a couple of weeks ago we found ourselves at Folly Beach with some of our favorite people on earth.
Karen found the most perfect house for our three families just a couple of blocks from the beach. It had plenty of room for us to spread out and to the kids' (and adults') delight, an awesome pool! Of course, given the choice of beach versus pool, the answer was clear. The beach at Folly was wonderfully quiet, devoid of towering condos or hotels. The shore provided little sandy tide pools for splashing and piles of seashells that we sifted through to find sharks teeth and other treasures. You never know how the beach with a toddler might actually pan out, but Charlie was as mesmerized as the rest of us and was amazing. Just to be able to disconnect from the real world and play with our friends, with no one having to hurry to get home and without worry about getting up for work the next day- just pure bliss.
Being so close to Charleston, we of course ventured that way during the week as well. We went to amazing restaurants and the Charleston Museum. And who could resist a trip to see the beautiful 400 year old Angel Oak tree?
The Zuills of the group also took a couple of independent excursions. We spent a day exploring the USS Yorktown, a WWII aircraft carrier. Henry and Will also took a helicopter ride there! We also visited the Charleston aquarium. It was smaller than the aquarium in Chattanooga, but it was SO child focused and friendly. Just perfect for both of the kids!
It seemed that every morning we were there I managed to wake up before everyone else. It was actually pretty nice. Most mornings I would just go start some coffee, and find somewhere to read for a while until the others trickled in. But when I woke up the day before we were supposed to leave, I had something different in mind. Around 6:30 I quietly went in to the room that Henry, Jack & Ivy shared, and whispered Henry awake. When I asked if he wanted to go to the beach he said "Just you and me?" and hopped right out of bed. It was easily one of my favorite parts of our trip.
So that's what we've been up to lately! Our sweet ginger-haired boy turns SEVEN tomorrow, so more to come soon, I'm sure!