Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Beach, Family, and Memorial Day

The weekend before Memorial Day we went to Myrtle Beach. Tom had a dental conference he needed to work and my seminar got cancelled, so we packed up the kids and went with him. Bike Week always happens at the same time as our conference and you could see the recession has taken a toll because there were not that many Bikes this year and the hotel was not jammed with people. In fact we were able to upgrade our room for the same price to a two room suite. It was about 1400 sq feet with two bedrooms, two baths, a kitchen, dining room, living room, walk in closets and a laundry room. It was so nice! Plus we ate most our meals in the hotel room. We learned the girls really don't like the beach. Ella loves the "idea" of the beach and seeing the Ocean, but neither of the girls like walking on the sand. I think they don't like how unsteady it is under their feet. Ella did better on the packed sand by the Ocean. Audrey wouldn't even try again at that point. We ended up spending most of our time at the hotel pool. I wish I would have gotten a picture of it, it was like a kids water park heaven with all sorts of water slides and water toys. I kept the girls all lathered in sunscreened and forgot to put it on myself and got pretty burned. It has turned into a semi-tan. Well, tan for me, I am still pasty white compared to the rest of the world.

We came home from the beach in time to pick up Tom's brother Scott and his wife Simone from the airport. They spent a week with us and I didn't even get a single picture!! We just hung out and really enjoyed having them here. We got a sitter a couple of times and went to see a movie once and bowling another time. I miss having family so close, especially since I feel like for both me and Tom that our families are our best friends and favorite people to hang out with. I really love all my in-laws and we are really close with them all. On my side we are friends with extended family as well. It was sad seeing Scott and Simone go home, but I will be seeing some of my family and Tom's parents in Vegas in a couple weeks when I go out for a conference and then we will be in UT for most of July.
It rained most of Memorial Day weekend so a lot of our plans for yard work and such got put on hold. We had the Burtons over for dinner that night. My girls think the world of the Burton kids. Ella doesn't need toys, she just follows them around and does everything they do. I walked in and found them all on the couch like this.

Audrey is really starting to talk more in fragmented sentences. Some of her favorites are "Open Dis" and "Daddy Coming Home?" "Mommy Coming Home?" She asks the last two all the time. Whether we are home with her or not.


Meagan Briggs said...

Looks cloudy! Your hotel room sounds awesome! My parents were in Myrtle the last week of April and they had a fabulous time! Maybe next time you guys go the girls won't be so afraid of the ocean and sand!

Ben said...

Hey...I think I'll be in Utah in July too...maybe we can meet up a time or two!! Sounds like you all had a cool time...was it Black Bike Week or Redneck Bike Week?!

The McKinleys said...

ok, all those pictures are adorable!! gosh i love your girls. sounds like you guys had a great time on your trip. and thats so fun that scott and simone came out to visit. i can't wait to see you guys in july!!