Monday, August 8, 2011

The Sand, the Sun, and the Smiles;)

We just spent a wonderful week at Surfside Beach, S.C.
Believe it or not, but this was my 23rd year spending my summer vacation at Surfside.

Twenty-three years of playin' on the same beach, riding the same waves, and visiting the same sites.

And although every year is the same in many ways, the memories made and the time shared each year is unique and special!

This year was especially different in the fact that my sweet Grandpa passed away while we were out of town. Our vacation was interrupted by a quick trip home in the middle of our week away. We attended the funeral and memorial service for my Grandpa and then headed back to the beach for the remainder of our vacation. It was such a blessing to be able to return to the beach and spend uninterrupted time with my entire family. We cried a little, laughed a lot, and shared lots of "Grandpa" stories with each other.
It was such a sweet time!

We spent MANY wonderful years with my Grandpa at Surfside beach! It just seemed fitting for us to be there, and to talk about him at a place where we had shared so many sweet memories.
And even though my grandpa wasn't physically with us this year, our trip was indeed filled with lots of  memory making moments!

So here are my TOP TEN memory making moments of Surfside Beach 2011!

Memory Making Moment #1
Each year as we head out of town, we stop at Quincy's and enjoy their BIG ole' breakfast buffet.

It's the ONE time during the year where my kids are allowed to fill up on doughnuts, cinnamon rolls, chocolate chip pancakes, and french toast.
If you look closely at Miss Sophie's plate, you'll even notice a few fruit loops thrown in the mix too;)
Yup, it's quite the breakfast, but my kids LOVE it!
What a GREAT way to kick start our vacation!

Memory Making Moment #2

Cruisin' the strip in our cool set of wheels!

This year, Shane decided to rent a golf cart for the week.
We had a total BLAST cruisin' around each evening.

We discovered some fun new places that we may never have noticed before had we not had been able to just cruise around town;)

Memory Making Moment #3

Eating a yummy treat at Sophia's!

Of course, when we saw the name of this little cafe', we knew we HAD to check it out! 

It was a great place to enjoy a sweet treat!

Memory Making Moment #4

Playing fun games with Papa!

My dad is great at coming up with random competitive games to keep everyone entertained.
One day it may be a swimming game and the next day it's a jumping contest.
Whatever it is, everyone has fun participating!

Memory Making Moment #5

Sweet time with cousins!
What a blessing it is to have cousins around,

who also serve as built in playmates!

Memory Making Moment #6
Spashin' around in the pool!
The kids enjoy the fact that they can go back and forth between the pool and the ocean as much as they like.

We usually spend as much time poolside as we do on the beach.

My kids can't get enough of the water and all of them have become REALLY proficient swimmers!

Memory Making Moment #7
Beach time!
Of course, the beach is where we spend most of our time while on vacation.

Around 9am every morning we stake out a spot,

set up our tent,
put out our chairs and hang out until about 6pm!
Needless to say we soak up  EVERY minute of our beach time that we can!

Memory Making Moment #8
The Yum Yum Shop
We visit this ice cream shop every year while at the beach!
 It's a definite family tradition and one we all look forward to it each year!

Memory Making Moment #9

Family pictures
Getting sixteen people to smile, look in the same direction and do BOTH at the same time is no easy task.
We tried to get some good beach shots, but unfortunately it started raining the night we planned to take these. We settled for some pics on the balcony instead!

We got a few good ones--I think;)

 Memory Making Moment # 10
A wonderful week was spent with the people I love the most in this entire world!

 Sweet memories were made and precious moments were enjoyed that will indeed last a life-time!

Surfside Beach 2011!


LAURA said...


First of all, I am so sorry to hear about your Grandfather's passing. Although he is celebrating and watching down below over you, I know it is still hard.

I LOVE the pictures and the coordinated outfits are adorable! Looks like you have gotten use out of your embroidery machine! That's awesome that you have so many memories at Surfside Beach. We always go to Holden Beach, NC and I feel the same way about it as you do Surfside. Thank you for sharing all of your sweet pictures, it looks like you had an absolute wonderful time!


Brian & Ashley said...

Beautiful pictures!! You all look so cute! The pictures of the guys jumping cracked me up.
I've never sewed anything except a few buttons, but would love to learn to embroider - was it hard to learn?
What precious memories!!

Bethany said...

I LOVE all your pics! What a great post capturing our special time! It is the BEST time ever:) Can't wait until next year!

Sarah said...

precious memories with precious people (all of whom have precious smiles!).

Bethany @ 3SonsPlus1...and... said...

There are so many wonderful things to comment on, I can't even decide where to start! Everything just looks so fun and festive! What an especially touching part about your grandfather, and how blessed you all were to be able to retreat back to the beach and share special memories together. Still holding you and your family up in prayer. :)

Kristin said...

Don't you just love traditions?? :) Looks like you all had a wonderful time making new memories! What a great way to celebrate your grandpa's life together!

Celia Jimenez said...

Love love love all the pics! So glad that you guys were still able to enjoy the beach...and so thankful to the Lord at the timing of His precious gift to your grandfather! Glad y'all had such a sweet time to remember him and grieve and laugh together! Love y'all!!!
Thanks for sharing some of those smiles and a LOT of the sand with us!!!

destiny said...

HI! I just found your blog on a friend's blog list. You have such a precious family!! I enjoyed looking at all of your sweet photos from your beach trip. I love your top 10 list! It certainly looks like you made some great memories!
So sorry for the loss of your loved one.


Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

Well, everything I was going to comment went to pieces when I saw the turtle pic! I showed Elijah and he FREAKED! He is begging me to take him there, so he can see them! I'm glad you had a good time though, despite the sadness of your grandpa. Hugs.

paige said...

I couldn't wait for this post!!! I've been looking forward to seeing ur pics all week!!!!! Love them!!!! You guys are beautiful!! It's hard for me to pic a fav, but since I'm a huge fan of your dad, I may have to choose the one of him and Sophie getting ready to jump ;-)

Melanie said...

I love your top 10 list from your trip! What a beautiful & blessed time you all were able to enjoy together! God is good & I'm so thankful for the way He worked everything out! What better way to celebrate your Grandpa's life & his legacy, than by all being together remembering sweet moments & making new ones!!
All of your photos are fantastic!! Priceless moments captured! Oh, the one of the kids with only their heads poking out of the sand, TOO cute!!

Terri said...

Beautiful photos of your precious family! All of the coordinated outfits are adorable... when are you opening up a business??! I like the big boys' monograms (was wondering how long they'd let you get away with the fun shirts you've made them!!). I am so glad you had a sweet week with family, especially as you grieve the loss of your grampa. Blessings!

Faith said...

What a great recap of your wonderful trip! I'm so thankful that your family had the time away together to celebrate your precious Grandpa's life and to laugh and cry together.

You all look beautiful and I love the coordinated outfits =)

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

What a wonderful family vacation! All of the pictures are so cute!