“The Beach!”

The month of April has kicked off with a couple exciting road trips.  Clare and I drove to N. Myrtle Beach to meet Mimi for a girl’s weekend while Robert and Choots headed to Detroit to see the Tarheels play in the Final Four!  It was Robert’s first trip ever to the Final Four while it was Clare’s first time to the beach this year—both Clare and her Daddy were pumped with enthusiasm.  Clare yelled “BEEEACH” on Saturday while her Daddy I’m sure was yelling “GO HEELS!” with the same exuberance.  😉


Our trip to the beach seemed unbelievably long—being potty trained added just a few extra stops this time.  The Wiggles helped to occupy Clare’s attention but after the first hour—she was fit to be tied and wanted out of the car.  I realized I was kidding myself thinking she might actually take a nap and I began to wonder if we would ever actually make it to our destination.  Alas, her eyes closed as we were approaching our last hour of the trip.  She napped for about 40 minutes and awoke asking for “the beach”. 


On our past trips to the beach, Clare associated the condo as being ‘at the beach’…well, Clare now realizes that the condo is not actually “the beach”.   She is smarter than we realize, that’s for sure.  I swear she knew the ocean was on the opposite side of the street as I turned into Barefoot Resort—she immediately started crying and saying “No, Mommy, No…me go to the beach”.  Luckily Mimi was there when we arrived and was a huge help with getting Clare some dinner while I unpacked the car.  Clare went to bed shortly afterwards (in the queen size bed) in anticipation of going to the beach the next day. 


It was a beautiful sunny Saturday morning but a bit chilly—we decided to do some shopping and then take Clare to the beach after her nap.  We shopped at the outlets and snagged some bargains for all Saturday morning.  Clare’s favorite store is Hartstrings because they have a play area with blocks and books.  Why don’t all children’s stores have a play area?  It would be a win-win situation; Mom could shop longer, the store could make more money.


Clare decided there would be no nap.  After an hour of trying to get her down, I realized our stubborn daughter had one thing on her mind…the beach.  So, we grabbed her bucket and shovel and headed to the ocean.  It was about 70 degrees but the wind was pretty gusty.  Clare had a great time digging in the sand while watching the waves crash.  We went Sunday morning too—an absolutely gorgeous morning.  Clare was so excited to put her toes in the tidal pool and splash around.  She picked out a sea shell to give to her Daddy and chased me and Mimi up and down “THE BEEEACH”.  😉

April 2009

"My toes in sand!"

"My toes in sand!"

April 2009


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