We got back from South Carolina last night. A looonnnngggg 10 hours in the car with the Roc. He does pretty well on these long car rides and only said “Moommmiieeee” about 700 – 800 times. Not joking. I’ll take “Moommmiiieeeeeeeee” over screaming and tantrums any day. We left super early last Wednesday (before 5 am! ack!) and as soon as we got there the Roc started asking to go to the beach.
So we did. It was sunny. Sunny = Squinty
Later we went out to eat and all of us (except the Roc) had all you can eat shrimp. YUM!
While the men were finishing up their beers my mother-in-law, the Roc, and I went outside to listen to the live music. I wish I wouldn’t have stashed my camera in the car because the Roc grabbed his stuffed Horton elephant and sat on my lap grinning at the man playing the guitar on stage. He was the only kid at the bar and he was clutching a stuffed animal. Totally cute. But I don’t have a picture. You’ll just have to use your imagination.
Before going back to the house we took a walk in Murrells Inlet. It was windy.
GC tried to keep up his lifting regime while we were visiting. We always eat lots of good food whenever we visit his family and this trip was no exception. He wasn’t fond of my documenting it though. Can you tell?
While we were in SC we got to see our new nephew, Anderson, who is totally adorable. GC says he really wants another baby…
We’ll see on that one. Anderson is pretty dang cute and I did get a little “baby fever” while holding him.
And he wasn’t fussy like the Roc was at the same age. Here’s proof. The Roc’s early tantruming days.
Though I do have to say that looking at this picture 4.5 years later I realize something…he’s wearing a fleece sleep sack…in August. Maybe, just maybe, that attributed to his screaming in this particular instance…
Anyway, while we were invading my sister-in-laws house we tried to get a picture of the grandparents with all four of their grandchildren. This is what happened. The Roc did not want to sit on the couch so he stood in front of me, and I just got the top of his head.
We tried that one again.
We finally got the Roc to sit with the group by telling him to sit next to Annabella. His favorite. He LOVES her and followed her around all afternoon. He was talking about seeing her on the car ride down and was so excited when we pulled into their driveway.
We also got a picture of Great-Grammy with all the grand kids.
I’m glad we took the time to get these shots. I know they will be treasured.
We also took the Roc to Pawleys Island
and he had a blast. Last August I had to literally carry him onto the beach. He was terrified of the waves and he wasn’t too fond of the sand. It was hot, it was windy, and he got stung by a jelly fish. It was a looonnnnggg 10 days at the beach. 8 months later he walked onto the beach, walked far down to a tidal pool in fact, and was thrilled to get into the sand.
GC took a walk down to the ocean.
Which tired him out so he took a nap.
Auntie Andrea and baby Anderson even made it to the beach that day.
After the beach we hit the pool to wash off the sand.
Later GC gave his mother a Thai cooking lesson. He loves that I took this picture…(catch that sarcasm?)
Before we left SC we went back to Huntington Beach State Park to walk on the beach. The Roc even got over his fear of the waves a teeny, tiny bit to let go of my hand and RUN on the beach.
Overall the Roc did very well during this visit. He had his moments and I had mine. It’s sometimes hard to watch him struggle to interact and I tend to lose my cool more easily while on “vacation.” It was nice to see him talking to his Nonna and Nonno more and very nice to hear about the positive changes they see in him. He even gave what we call “real hugs” using his arms (instead of just leaning into the person) and that was so sweet to see. I am so thrilled that he had fun at the beach this time around too. We were so bummed last summer when we scheduled a 10 day visit and had a child who wanted nothing to do with the beach! That’s progress.
Overall it was a very fun trip. Short, but fun.