We were ecstatic to book our first family vacation to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. It wasn’t too far away, but far enough to get away for a week! We even brought Bailey along for the trip. Patrick grew up coming here every year with his family, so he knew his way around the island pretty well. It has been nice for him to remember different activities he did with his family like going to see Greg Russell, navigating around South Beach Marina and Harbour Town.
We started out the week getting settled in the cutest 3 bedroom condo. Took it easy unpacking all of the 15 million bags we brought and all of the baby necessities. Gigi, Aunt Colleen and Uncle Kevin came over for a night to celebrate Kevin’s birthday and to spend time with Rhett. We moseyed around South Beach and went to the pool. Rhett loves to splash splash splash – and splash a little more. After pool time we went to The Crazy Crab in Harbour Town for dinner.
Uncle Kevin departed early to attend his first day of nursing school, while Gigi and Colleen stuck around to hit the beach. We had a blast playing in the sand, jumping for joy in the water and catching a few sun rays. Rhett took a little snooze in the stroller and we were able to relax for a bit.
Since then, we having been biking around, hitting the pool, shopping and eating our way through Hilton Head Head. Last night, we were able to continue the family tradition and went to see the famous Greg Russell play under the big oak tree. We had a nice outdoor dinner with live music beside the light house and headed over to watch all of the kids be entertained by such a legend.
Today we hit the beach only to hurry back to the condo in a jiffy. A big storm rolled right in and literally ‘rained’ on our parade. We are taking it easy waiting for it to pass. Only a couple of days left and we will be headed home back to reality!
How many times can I say how lucky we are to live here! Yesterday, Rhett has his first trip to the beach and had the best of times. The weather was beautiful but the water was a little rough due to the wind. I was a little hesitant of the rough seas, but brave little Rhett went right to sleep. Guess it didn’t bother him as much as it did his momma. We headed out to a little island called Wassaw and met a few friends plus Gigi and GrandDaddy. We all anchored our boats and held down the fort for a few hours. With umbrella, beach tent, travel crib, blankets and oh yeah, plenty of sunscreen, we hit the beach with bells on. Fair little Rhett had to be lathered up with sunscreen – he does have two redheads for parents so needless to say, he will never be that super tan beach baby. He loved the wet sand between his toes and the small waves in which Gigi lifted him up to jump over each one. After a couple of fun hours, we hit the water back to the dock for a long deserved boat nap.
First time in the boat Rhett! Lolli and Pop were able to be here to enjoy it with you! You weren’t too sure about your life jacket but you seem to have grown more comfortable with it these days. I don’t blame you, it doesn’t look like the most cozy jacket. We hopped in the boat to take a short ride over to Bonna Bella Marina for dinner. You were such a big boy and sat the table with us in your high chair. The Savannah sunset led us home for an enjoyable evening.
Rhett – we guessed you would probably love the water considering your lengthy time in the bath, but not only did you love it, you didn’t want to get out! EVER! Aunt Colleen came to visit and we took you to the neighborhood pool – boy, did you have a blast! You loved to push yourself off the ground in the pool, resulting in many attempts to dive forward into the water. Not time for that yet, Mr. We need to get a few swimming lessons under our belt before that milestone. We splished and we splashed around and then you took a big nap. Fresh air and sunshine never felt so good.
We joined some friends at their neighborhood bbq/picnic and we had a blast. It was Miss Addison’s big social outing and we were excited to be there with her! Watching the sun set over the marsh and marina was just gorgeous. We continuously count our blessings to be able to enjoy the view so often.
While I had my fair share of pool and water time growing up at our yearly beach trips to Daytona, Patrick experienced a weekly water experience living here in Savannah. There is so much to learn about living near the marsh – I personally still have a lot to learn. We live very close to the marsh so the daily distinct smell of the marsh breezes often trickles into our yard – it’s just wonderful and refreshing! All of the little critters, shells, beautiful marsh grass – it all makes up the rivers surrounding Savannah. I’m constantly intrigued by all of the activities possible on the water here: ‘crabbing’, catching shrimp, shark fishing, bird watching, kayaking, surfing – just to list a few. We are so incredibly lucky to live here and I cannot wait to watch Rhett as he grows up around all of these beautiful surroundings. I will leave a lot of the teaching to Patrick, although, I have a quite a few fishing trips under my belt. We are slowly but surely exposing Rhett to this life as we take occasional trips to the pool, rides in the beach, eating dinner at the local waterside dive and so far, he loves it! I think all of my nightly baths in the ‘big bathtub’ is helping – he just loves kicking his feet and fetching toys in the water. I do have to say that he’s getting a bit more courageous for my comfort zone – guess I’ll have to get used to that! We went to the pool just today and pool little thing just tuckered out and nestled right on mommy – his most favorite spot. I couldn’t help but snap this memory for the books.