Monday, July 29, 2013

Hilton Head Island - Wimberly Vacation 2013

We had a great time this past week at Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island.  We had 11 adults and 13 children at one point.  It was loud, it was crazy, and it was fun. 

We had:
BecBec (St. Matthews, SC)
Bill, Michele, Anna Banks and Emma Turberville (St. Matthews, SC)
Kent, Bryce and Lucius Turberville (Trina couldn't come) (Charleston, SC)
Me, Hughes, Banks and Collins (David couldn't come) (Alexandria, VA)
MaeMae and Big Daddy (St. Matthews, SC)
Rebecca, Rick, Adelaide, Amelia and Jacob Shunk (Corte Madera, CA)
Elizabeth, Al, Wimberly, Christian and Hudson Zadig (Charleston, SC)

 I had 6 younger (ages 10-15) cousins/nieces who were always available to babysit, play, get snacks, etc. for my boys.  It was heaven!  BecBec put in plenty of babysitting points at the house when one of the boys didn't want to go to the beach and instead wanted to stay at the pool.  It was awesome!

Michele, unfortunately, sprained her ankle right before she got in the car to come to Hilton Head so she spent her week hobbling around.

Hughes playing with BecBec's water aerobics things.

Hughes, Banks and Jacob

Dunking contest at the pool.  I think that was Hughes.

Sweet Collins

BecBec working out in the rain.

Adelaide and Hughes

Christian, Anna Banks, and Amelia

Bill and Kent -  Can you feel the love?

BecBec with her grandkids - Hughes, Bryce, BecBec, Collins, Emma, Lucius, Anna Banks and Banks

Turberville Gang minus David and Trina
Please excuse Banks' expression.  I wanted to wring his neck :)

MaeMae with her grandkids - Adelaide, MaeMae, Hudson, Christian, Wimberly, Amelia and Jacob

Rebecca and Elizabeth - my first cousins

Bryce and Lucius

The Shunk kids

The Zadig kids

Bill's family - Anna Banks, Michele, Emma and Bill

These next few pictures are from the alligator hunt that Al and Big Daddy organized.  What happened? I have no idea because adults were not allowed to go.  All I know is that my older boys came back with fist fulls of candy and said they did not catch an alligator.

Beach Time

We spent some great time at the beach.  Our house was an easy, quick walk to the beach which was wonderful.  We soaked in the sun, dove for sand dollars, had wheelbarrow races, sprint races, frisbee throws, egg toss competition plus lots of laughter.  

The sprint competition ended with Bill pulling his hamstring and eating my dust.  He claimed he would have won but shoulda, woulda, coulda.  I took the victory for the 10+ older sprint.  Oh yeah!

Me, Kent, Bill and Michele relaxing.

MaeMae and BecBec - the matriarchs of our family

Uncle Rick and Hughes

#1 babysitter

Diving for sanddollars - we came away with a good many and even found some starfish, too.

Rick and Rebecca

Big Daddy

Egg Toss competition

Rick taking the competition seriously - check out the egg mid-air

MaeMae and the yolk

The Victors of the Egg Toss - Bill and Bryce

Bull and Collins

This was one of the best vacations and we definitely want to go back to Sea Pines.  Next time, David will definitely be with us.  We all missed him and wanted him there with us.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Botany Bay with the Temples

Rachel brought her gang down today and we headed to explore Botany Bay with them.

MaryBec, Banks, Eloise, Hughes, Lucy and Collins.
Not Pictured was Baby North who was relaxing in the stroller.

Eloise and Collins frolicking in the waves.

We had a great visit and the kids played beautifully together.  Who knows maybe one day we'll have a Temple-Holman wedding?

Serpentarium and The Steeds

On Thursday, we ventured to the Edisto Serpentarium with Suzie, Conley and Chandler.  I'm not positive if the boys were more excited to see the animals or their friends.  Either way, it was a win win.

Our crew

There are two snake pits - venomous and nonvenomous.  These pits are rather large and are filled with snakes slithering in the water, grass, sega palms, and tree branches.  It was pretty freaky seeing all of these snakes hanging out in the trees.

Suz and ChanChan

Collins is holding on because a snake pit is right behind him.

Waiting on the alligator feeding

Big George (on land) was hungry and clearly rules all of the other gators.

After the serpentarium, we headed back to the creekhouse for lunch and swimming in the creek.  The kids were having a great time on the tubes.

And, then, the mood drastically shifted.  One started crying/panicking that something was going to get them and the others fed off of the hysteria.  Banks and Hughes were first out of the water and quickly got sent to the house to change because of their hysteria.  Then, Chandler and Conley weren't too far behind. 

 Bottom line is this:  Don't go swimming in the creek if you don't have a willing adult to go in after the panicking children in the water.  I don't swim in the creek (or lake, ocean, pond, etc.) therefore why all the kids had on lifejackets.