Monday, August 31, 2015

Myrtle Beach 2015: Days 1 to 3

Normally, I'd do a weekend recap today, but my weekend consisted of riding in a car all day Saturday then cleaning, unpacking, doing laundry, and just generally pulling it together to go back to school all day Sunday! So instead, I thought I'd dive into a recap of this year's trip to Myrtle Beach. 

If you're new here, we go on this trip every year with my family & it's my favorite week of the year. I love spending time with my whole family and this year was extra special because we took my Grandma with us & she got to spend a ton of time with Olivia as she took on the role of official baby whisperer. 

Day 1: Road Trip!

Ella rode with my parents this trip, so it was just Liv, Eric & I riding in our car. Because of that, we completely based our schedule around Liv's feedings. We left at 3 a.m., right after she ate, then stopped for gas and food whenever she was hungry. Without stops, the trip is about 13 1/2 hours from our house, but with Liv it took us 16 hours on the way down. We knew that she was going to need about 30 to 45 minutes at each stop, so we left in the middle of the night to still arrive by dinner.



Olivia completely surpassed my expectations for this trip! I sat in the back with her while Eric drove the entire way down (thank you 5 Hour Energy!) and she was happy as could be 85% of the time!

We arrived at the beach house just before 6:30. Ella was already in the pool, mom & Britt had already gotten groceries, and the pizza was already ordered for dinner. It was actually a pretty sweet deal for me :)




Day 2: Pool Day

Sunday was a really laid back, relaxed pool day for us. The whole family floated around the pool & just enjoyed the sunshine. I did make an excursion to pick up some supplies & grab an iced tea, but other than that, I was in my swimsuit on the pool deck. 





Sunday was also Eric & my night to cook dinner for everyone. We made chicken fajitas that were quite delicious - completely thanks to Eric's cooking - all I did was chop. After dinner, the ladies all piled into my mom's van & headed out to Sonic for some ice cream :) I of course had my favorite Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Blast, but ate it so fast that I didn't get to take a picture!

Day 3: Beach Fun & Drunken Jack's 

Eric took off to golf with my dad on Monday morning and my mom offered to wrangle the girls for a bit so that I could get a run in. This was my first run post-baby & it was slow, but it felt good! I was glad that I started at 6:45 though, because the heat & humidity were already insane. Overall, I did over 2 miles without stopping & was pretty darn pleased with myself! 




Once I got back to the house, I got Ella dressed & we headed down to the pool to swim until lunch time. Then, once naps were over & Eric was home from golfing, we headed to the beach! 




And Monday night, we went out to dinner at my mom's favorite restaurant - Drunken Jack's. They have a huge salad bar & serve hush puppies instead of rolls - she could eat those two things alone & be happy. But they also have amazing seafood & steak - which is what I had. 


Excuse my hair in this pic, the humidity had a field day with me this year!

Another cool thing about Drunken Jack's is that they have goats on an island. I know that is totally random, but kids love to watch the goats from the boardwalk surrounding the restaurant! 


And just a little snapshot of my sweet family with the goat island behind us!

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