On Monday, we said good-bye to Uncle Don and headed down to Hilton Head--hoping for better weather than the weatherman said we'd have. It wasn't as easy of a trip as we thought--first stopped at Target in Charleston where it took waaay longer than anticipated to pick up just a few items. Then as we were heading out of town, Ryan puked in his carseat. Big time. So, we went back to Rebeccas for hosing off the carseat, cleaning car, cleaning Ryan and trying again. We did eventually get to the island at 5pmish. It was only a 1.5 hour drive and that's pretty much all we did that day. I honestly did not even think we'd get there after Ryan puked, so I was thrilled we made it. We went out for a pizza dinner that left much to be desired, then down to the beach just to see what it was like.
The kids couldn't resist the water and went jumping in the waves, clothes and all--despite the chilly temps, especially at 7pm. They all got disrobed for the car-ride home since they were so cold in their wet clothes and could not stop talking about their "naked car ride" for the next few days.
Tuesday, we went to the stables. We were greeted by this beautiful fellow here and the kids loved feeding him apples and carrots that someone left for us.
Last year, Caitlin wasn't so happy to ride the horse at Easter, so I wasn't sure how she'd do--she loved it. I thought she was brave to re-try. Nora was all excited until it was time to put on the helmet then she decided she didn't need to ride the pony that badly and was happy to watch. Ryan loved it.
There was also a great playground and the kids ran around for a while there since it was pretty chilly. Then we went to the Salty Dog cafe and tourist trap for some overpriced burgers and dogs and to get eaten by gnats before calling it a night.
Thursday morning, we left Hilton Head at 9:30 and then were in the care for TWELVE FREAKING HOURS for the 9.5 hour trip to DC--it was gray and raining the whole trip. The kids were awesome, again, though despite the terrible trip. We arrived at 9:45 and were greeting by Auntie Ella and Uncle Colin--the kids had a much-needed long game of hide-and-seek with Uncle Colin before eventually going to bed around 11pm.
Next day, Friday, they were up at 7:30 and ready to explore. We started out with our first subway trip:
First to the Smithsonian for a little natural history....
We owe big thanks to my Aunt Julie and Uncle Jim for sharing their home on Hilton Head Island with us. We are also so so thankful to Rebecca, Don, Jacob, Elizabeth and Colin for being such gracious hosts to us and spoiling us during our visits. Love you guys!