Myrtle Beach

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of visiting Myrtle Beach, SC with my family. It was a mini vacation that we all wished could have been longer. We got a chance to enjoy the beach for a few hours.

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J collected shells and

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made shell topped sand  castles

dsc_0257-copyN was  in true Diva/Model mode as she also collected shells.

dsc_0375-copyS also attempted to build a sand castle

z0001Z was content with throwing sand

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dsc_0331-copyfalling in the sand

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He also thought it would be great to roll around in the sand.

Hubby spent his time keeping his eye on everyone and rescuing Z from burying himself in the sand.

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and I spent my time on my new obsession.

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dsc_0026-copy These 2 ducks were walking in a parking lot of a gas station.

As you can see I am becoming obsessed.

After the beach we got in the pool which was hilarious because J thought by jumping in the pool he would automatically know how to swim. Oh he can swim alright just like a rock. He jumped in and we had to pull him and his wide eyes out a few times. He is very persistent.  N who didn’t want to get in that “big water” also thought she could swim. But she wasn’t as adventurous as her big brother she only walked from one end of 3 ft to the other. S tried  to be just as adventurous as J but Hubby caught her every time she jumped. Now Z who is usually our biggest daredevil jumped once but didn’t like going under. He met a little boy who he started splashing but got mad when the splashing was returned. Z splashed that little boy but when he got splashed back he told him “that’s not nice”. The little boy’s family thought he was beating Z up because Z wouldn’t stop yelling “that’s not nice. Yes he can dish it but he can’t take it. After getting back to the room we bathed ate and everybody went to bed with no problems. We have been trying to figure out how a pool will fit in our back yard. Ok so the next day we decided not to go back to the beach. After watching Z bathe in sand the day before we thought it might be best to skip the beach. My van has enough junk in it no need to add sand and possibly water. Since the beach was off limits we decided to go to the Ripleys Mirror Maze and the Ripleys 4D Moving Movie Theater. Now I wasn’t sure the maze would go over too well with N because she is super scary just like her mother but we did it anyway.  It turned out that it wasn’t scary after all. They give you 3D glasses and when you get past the curtain it is dim and you see stars.  As you walk through you can’t really see other people around you with the glasses on. I had to take my glasses off a few times because I could barely see  my kids. OK we make it through the first time and the lady tells us we can go back though the way we just came out. Because every time you go through it is supposed to be a different experience. Well this time we go through Hubby decides to let Z walk by himself. His glasses wouldn’t fit so he had no issues seeing. The only problem was he didn’t  grasp the concept of the mirror maze. He took off  and BAM he ran right into a mirror. Now I tried to grab him but he was too fast for me. Maybe it was also because I was laughing too hard.  You would think running into that mirror and the fact that it was very dim he would walk with the rest of us. Remember this is the second time we are going through. Nope Z found an opening and took off again. This time  full speed. BAM! BAM! This time the mirror put Z on his back. Now I know I should have picked him up and consoled him but I really couldn’t stop laughing this time. I was bent over holding my stomach trying hard to stop laughing as hubby tried to hide his laughter and checked on my baby. After we made it out this time the lady was like are you going again? We felt Z had lost the battle with the mirror maze so we passed. We decided to ride the 4D Movie Theater. After the 20 minute wait in the lobby we go inside and they tell us that Z and S have to sit in a special motionless area in the front of the theater. Well of course they couldn’t be alone so Hubby sat with them. N was able to ride but too scared so she sat with them also.  J and I sat there being  jerked side to side and back and forth. During the second movie I began to get a little worried because I saw J’s head jerking so hard that I thought his neck would snap. I then realized he was being a little extra. So when we were done Hubby asked if he could actually ride this time and they allowed us a reentry. Instead of sitting in the motionless front seat I took N, S and Z to the restroom. Then we sat in the lobby and waited for Hubby and J. When they were finished we showed them the restroom which was next to the Haunted House. Of course there was no way I was doing the Haunted House but they had these lights for $2. We bought 4 and the guy seemed shocked we weren’t taking a 6, 5, 3, and 2 year old into the Haunted House. To make them feel better for not going in he gave them stickers that said I survived the Ripley’s Haunted House anyway. At this point we were ready to eat. We decided to go to

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The Giant Crab

Now this restaurant has a buffet with over 100 items on the menu. My kids got to have there own crab legs. They were excited. Usually I open the crab legs and share the meat. This time they got to do it themselves. J had no problems opening them but N and S didn’t like all the work that came along with eating crab legs. N tried for about ten minutes when she decided she was done. S told Hubby she couldn’t do it and had him open her crab legs. After about 10 trips back and forth to the buffet they were finally full. Ok not N and J but we told them it was time to go plus our waitress was starting to give us dirty looks. As we are leaving we stop by and pickup our free picture that they took of us in front of the shark going inside. The catch is that the picture is a wallet size and they are selling a 4×6 photo in a frame for $10.  We take our wallet size picture and leave no need for a $10 frame.  Plus I didn’t like the way the picture looked. We get in the car and start our 6 hour journey home. The beauty of this ending is that everyone fell asleep after about 30 minutes (if that long). It was the perfect ride home no fighting and asking are we there yet. Only a few stops for bathroom breaks and red bulls. Overall it was a great mini vacation. I can’t wait to go back for S’s birthday. Yes instead  of a party she wants to go to the beach for her 4th birthday. Anyway hopefully it will be an even better story. I know Z can figure out a way to top the rolling in the sand video. If only I could get the video of him going through the maze. Oh well!

Until next time!

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2 Comments

  1. Just saw your post about Myrtle Beach. I was there for a month in January and it was just amazing then. Weather was cool, but there was still a lot to see and do. The food was great too. Did you happen to see Brookgreen Gardens located near Pawley’s Island? Its a beautiful sculpture garden and is great for children. They do have a children’s garden and a small zoo. Broadway at the Beach was fun, ducks walk right up to you for food. Eat out of your hand. I had a great time and will be going back again.

    • Thanks for visiting my site. No we didn’t get the chance to visit Brookgreen Gardens. We got there on Sat and went home on Sun so we were limited to what we could see and do. Maybe when we return we can check it out. I will definitely have to check out the ducks at Broadway at the Beach. Thanks for the tip. Always looking for cool places that are kid friendly. Any bird sightings only help with the obsession.


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