Hello from Myrtle Beach!!
We left our hotel in Pigeon Forge Thursday morning right on schedule. I drove most of the way since it helps prevent me from getting motion sickness. Everything ran smoothly until we were about an hour from our hotel in Myrtle Beach. We ran into a terrible thunderstorm and had to pull over and wait about 30 minutes for the storm to pass. Once we got to our hotel we were in the lobby checking in and the power went out. Chase and Karli were screaming bloody murder for about 5 seconds while it was pitch black. Then the power went out one other time while we were in our room. Luckily that was the end of the storm and the power going out. Our hotel room at Island Vista is really nice except for our bedroom is much warmer than the room the kids sleep in. Other than that we love the pools, the beach, all of it. It’s really nice and somewhat of an upscale hotel. We ended up finally going to the grocery store yesterday and bought breakfast, lunch, and snack foods for the rest of our trip. We are spending a small fortune on eating out everyday. Like last night where we went to this place called Thoroughbreds Chopkhouse and Seafood Grill and I guess we were suppose to make a reservation, but they seated us anyways. The kids meals were $10 each and there wasn’t an adult meal on the menu under $30. The food was delicious and Chase had asked our waiter if they had any shrimp. He loves shrimp and always wants to order it where ever we go. We didn’t order any appetizer since the dinner was going to cost so much as it was, but the waiter brought Chase one jumbo shrimp cocktail and he was in his glory!
The kids are certainly enjoying their first trip to the ocean. We warned them about the salt water, but of course they each got a good swallow before learning to keep their mouths shut! We have been going back and forth between the several different pools and the ocean. I have actually had tons of relaxation and reading time. Ken plays with the kids a lot and it’s easy to relax in a lounge chair by the pool and let the kids play. Chase is Mr. Social and strikes up conversations with everyone. Everyone loves him, which is sweet, but we also have to keep a close eye on him because not everyone can be trusted of course. Karli is either mine or Ken’s little shadow so she is easy to watch. Andrew is at that age where you can give him a little freedom, but I won’t let him go in the ocean without supervision. Ken thinks it is fine to let Blake and Andrew go in the ocean as long as they stay where they can touch, but I just won’t do it. I am paranoid about stuff like that… just like Ken is paranoid about the kids standing on the balcony. It freaks him out, being 5 floors up and them standing close to the railing.
Tonight it was hilarious… I wish I would have gotten this on camcorder… we might have been able to win America’s funniest Videos! Ken, Chase, and Blake walked down to the beach just as the sun was setting. Karli and I were standing on the balcony and as they were walking we called their names. They all looked up and waved. Chase was waving and looking up and walking and not paying attention and he walked himself right into the deep end of the pool. It was hilarious!
Now for the photos!!