I am very fortunate to have wonderful in-laws. I am very, very fortunate to have wonderful in-laws that live near the beach! We just got back from visiting my mother-in-law, Diane and my father-in-law, Doug, in Sunset Beach, North Carolina. About twice a year, I pack up the van and the girls and I head down south for a little r and r with two of my favorite people. I truly appreciate how wonderful my in-laws are especially because I know many people who can’t stand theirs.
Sunset Beach is a small, coastal town in southern North Carolina. It’s about an hour south of Wilmington and an hour north of Myrtle Beach.
Maddie had a day off on Friday, so I pulled her out of school the Thursday before and we left early Thursday morning. I managed to get the girls up, in the car and on the road by 6:15. Let me take a moment to pat myself on the back for that small feat. My mother-in-law always says I’m adventurous for my willingness to travel far distances with the girls, but I have it easy. My girls are great travelers. They always have been. Why?
1. They’re like camels. Never have to pee. We, on average, stop one time for a potty break. Most people say it’s not normal, but I’m the same way!
2. DVD player in the car. We have a built in dvd player and that is my saving grace. Do I feel good about letting them watch 8 hours of movies in one day? No, of course not. But it does make the time fly!!
3. They love their grandparents and they love the beach. So, when we can combine the two, they are always up for an adventure.
So, we arrived late Thursday afternoon. The girls got right to the having fun part and I got right to relaxin’!
Friday morning was warm, but foggy. Despite this weather report, my children decided it was the beach or bust! So, we headed over the bridge to Sunset Beach. While most of the limited amount of people on the beach were strolling in appropriate clothing, my children were not.
Yeah…that’s the rockin’ redhead…in her bathing suit….in the water…in March! She’s crazy! But I love the determination. She’s so desperate for beach time that she will strip and get into freezing water! Jane was not about to let Maddie outdo her!
Jane decided there was no need for a bathing suit when you have perfectly good sweatpants. Now, usually the beach is a family friendly place to be. On this particular day, Maddie discovered some sand sculptures. She thought this certain one was of someone’s eyes and nose. When I told her what she thought was the nose was actually the belly button, the sculpture came into focus for her and this was her reaction…
Saturday brought rain, but it was actually a nice way to force us to try new things that we’ve been meaning to, but always put off because the weather is so nice. We headed Saturday afternoon to the Museum of Coastal Carolina. It’s a cute museum focusing on all things coastal. We spent the majority of our time at the touch tank. The kids were fascinated with the live starfish, hermit crabs, and puffer fish.
The we ventured upstairs to hear museum staff person, Allison Smith, talk about nocturnal animals. Sounds great, right? We had to dissect an owl pellet! Do you know what an owl pellet is? I didn’t either. Turns out, owls regurgitate the parts of the rodents they don’t eat. So, they have these pellets disinfected and then you can open up and discover what that owl ate. Ours had an entire skull in it! Lovely!
The skies cleared on Sunday and we headed back to the beach for some last minute bird feeding, courtesy of Grandpa Doug!
Although it was a quick trip, it did a lot to restore my sanity!