Warning: Another photo overload post (I know, I know, how’s that different than normal?! They pretty much all are…)
I have been promising to blog about this for several weeks now, but that also meant I had to go through all the photos first, so I have just now had the time to do that! I know I say it all the time, but I can’t believe how busy a 9.5 month old keeps me…and she’s not even walking yet! :)
The last weekend in September, Jon, Hadley, my parents and I took a nowhere near long enough short weekend beach trip to Pawley’s Island, SC. We had never been there before, but I think it’s safe to say that this will not be our last trip there…it was gorgeous! And nowhere near as crowded as Myrtle/North Myrtle/Cherry Grove, where we have been going for years. Anyway, the plan was to leave early Friday morning to get there around lunch time and have the afternoon on the beach… but long story short, we didn’t make it out of here until around lunch time (Jon ended up working until 3 a.m. the night before) so we got to the hotel around 4 p.m., which luckily was still enough time to go check out the beach!
It was a nice afternoon, so after getting our stuff unpacked, etc., we went on a long walk on the beach. This time, Hadley at the beach was SO different than the first (she had just turned 6 months old when we went back in June). She loved watching the ocean and the birds, and just kept laughing and squealing (the true sign of excitement for her). She even got a nice long ride on Daddy’s shoulders…and loved that, too. One thing she was not too sure about was the sand…when we let her stand in it, she kept picking her feet up and staring at them like “what in the world is this stuff?!”.
Side note before these next pics because I know people will wonder…the night before this, H and I went on a nice long walk around the neighborhood, and she (and I) got attacked by mosquitoes. Poor thing!
Funny story…Jon’s Grandpa Aldridge loves to tell about how when Jon was little he used to ride on his shoulders and would always hold onto and pull on his ears. It appears Hadley is paying him back for that! :)
While on our walk, I took the opportunity to snap a few pics of Hadley with my parents (“Pop” and “Meemaw” to Hadley). I realized that somehow in 9 months, I didn’t have a single photo of the two of them together with her! I am going to have to do better with that. Anyway, I LOVE these photos. It is so apparent how much they love her!
After our walk, we headed in to get ready and went out to one of the restaurants my family always went to every year growing up, Drunken Jack’s in Murrells Inlet. It was just as delicious as I remembered… and Hadley LOVED her first taste of hush puppies! :)
After dinner, we headed back to the hotel, gave H a bath, read some books and then it was bed time for all of us—we were exhausted!
The next day, H and I had a delicious breakfast at the hotel with my parents while Jon slept in—he was so tired (after working so late the night before)! Then, it was time to hit the beach!
Jon came out to play for the first couple of hours, and they had a ball playing on the towel with her toys.
For some reason, she thought it was really fun to play in the sand this way…
We decided to let her walk around in the sand for a little while… and she was just not too sure about it on her feet!
She wasn’t too sure about sitting in it, either…
We found a little puddle for her to sit in. Bad idea. She was getting tired at this point (almost nap time), and she was really not happy with us for putting her in it. Bless her heart. ;)
I rinsed her off in the ocean and she was happy again, but it was time for her nap! It worked out perfectly because it was also time for the NC State football game (which no beach would keep Jon from watching…) so the two of them went up to the room and I got some much needed time in the sun!
H woke up around halftime of the football game, and after feeding her lunch, Jon brought her back down. She was in the BEST mood and had a BALL playing on the towel…for several hours!
And of course she got some love from Meemaw.
And H’s face in this one makes me laugh!! So serious. And those thighs!
Finally, the game was over (still don’t want to talk about it…State blew it) and Jon came back out to hang out with us for a little while. We played some more in the sand and water, but my camera battery died shortly thereafter. :( Anyway, we had a great afternoon and perfect beach day!
We ate dinner at Austins Ocean One, which was actually in our hotel and a little nicer than we expected—H’s first “fine dining” experience! I am sure that when we walked in with a baby, everyone there was thinking “grrrrrreat”, but she was a perfect angel and smiled and talked to the people sitting next to us and our waitress the whole time. She loved getting tons of bites of the food we were eating (it was DELICOUS—I cannot possibly rave enough about this restaurant…if you are ever in Myrtle/Murrells Inlet/Pawleys Island, do yourself a favor and GO—I have been to many, many good restaurants and this one is near the top of the list).
Sunday morning, it was cooold and rainy (boo), but we weren’t too sad since we needed to head home anyway. We said that next time we go to the beach for a “long weekend”, we need to go for at least three nights (preferably four), because two was just not long enough…we only really got one full beach day! We had a blast, though, and it was nice to get away for a weekend and for H to get some QT with her grandparents.
Hope everyone has had a great week, so happy tomorrow is Friday! H and I have MOPS in the morning, and then the Aldridges are heading to LKN tomorrow for the weekend for some fun with my family (I think all 17 of us will be there…big families are the best!). Looking forward to enjoying a nice fall weekend!