Fair warning: This is a very long, photo-filled post! :)
Charlie and I decided it would be fun to take an extra summer trip to NC this year to see my family since it's the last time he could fly free! Trev stayed home to work like a good breadwinner. We went and had a blast!! One of the highlights of the trip was our stay at Myrtle beach. Please enjoy this plethora of pictures I just spent over an hour editing for your viewing pleasure! :D
When we grew tired of keeping Charlie out of the choppy high-tide waves later in the day, we let him go play in the pool at the condo complex. They fortunately had a 1ft baby pool and he loved it! And I loved getting to relax for a moment while he played :)
Back to the beach! This particular day it was a little cloudy and the water was a bit choppy. Perfect conditions for jellyfish, I suppose, because both Mike and I got stung by the same one! Mike got hit first, and, with a shocked look on his face looked at me and my mom and said "Jellyfish! Quick, get out!" Of course I scoop up Charlie and start running directly towards the shore with the current and straight into the same jellyfish! Ouch!!!! My very intelligent mother slowly backed out further into the ocean away from the current and was spared a sting. Onshore there was luckily a lifeguard who had some ammonia at the lifeguard stand that I sprayed on my wound. It was SO painful my leg was shaking! About 15 or 20 minutes later (and without having to pee on myself, fortunately, haha!), the pain finally subsided and I could enjoy the rest of my day. Unfortunately, weeks later, my skin is left red and a little rash-y where I got stung. I hope it doesn't scar!
Charlie created a fun game (pictured above) where he would stand in the shallow water and fall quickly to sit on his bum and splash all the water up around him. He thought he was oh-so-clever and funny! :) He also loved playing with his super hip uncle Mike!
See? Super hip! (I call it "Mike Art")
We taught Charlie all about these really cool little bi-valve sea creatures that will dig themselves back into the sand by sticking a little part out of the shell when they feel safe. He was fascinated and kept picking it up.
Here's a look at all the Instagram photos I took with my phone while at the beach:
Both nights we were there we had to go out and get seafood. The first night I ate this delicious plate of shrimp 'n grits and some lima beans yum!! The second night I devoured some fried green tomatoes, sweet potato fries, and crab cakes. Oh man my mouth is watering just thinking about seafood!