Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Charleston & Happy Birthday Dad

The kids have not been anywhere this summer and so we made a weekend trip to Charleston for Chris's birthday. We started packing on Thursday night and the kids were soooo... excited! We were packed and already to go by lunchtime on Friday, but unfortunately Chris got held up at school. When Chris finally came home at 4:00pm the kids were out the door like rockets, ready to get in the minivan and hit the road. We hadn't even left the drive way before they wanted their movies on etc. I played hostess for the 3 hour drive there, feeding the troops and trying to keep everyone happy.

We had a great weekend. Saturday morning we spent on the Isle of Palms beach. We got there at 9:00am, which was a good thing. By the time we left at noon it was packed! The kids got to swim in the pool at the hotel, go to the aquarium and generally just enjoy being somewhere different. Sam cried when we told him Saturday night that we had to go home the next day. He really didn't think we had been away long enough.

The trip was also a good test run for our trip to Australia in November. We were quite pleased to see how the kids were able to settle down and all go to sleep in the one room together. Sam is still by far our best traveler. Owen is a tornado at the moment and even more so when he's out of his own environment- I guess that comes with being 2!











Ella took a 1 hour nap at the beach!






All ready for church on Sunday morning...
At the aquarium




5 comments:

Tammy Rowlings said...

LOve the photos, looks like Chris had a good birthday. We were thinking of him..... so looking forward to seeing you all in person....

Nettie's Blog said...

what a lovely trip and holiday for everyone ... the beach, the aquarium,the sleeping tryout, the cup cake birthday for dad...i like the beach it looked like so much fun for you all..tell me did you get a rest at all Pen ...it sounded pretty full on for you...but i guess that is what being a mum is all about... how long are you coming for in Nov????

Madelyn said...

Elliott is looking so cute! I remember when you got that stroller in Chicago. I'm glad it's lasted for 4 kids! Impressive!

Sim-Dim said...

Woah back up there... you have a kid that sleeps at the beach AND for 1 hr. I am very impressed!!

Happy birthday Chris.

Kerolann said...

looks like fun! I was near Charleston for part of my mission and loved it.