Sunday, June 24

Where to Begin?





How about here? This was the condo we stayed in at North Myrtle Beach. I usually prefer free-standing houses, but this condo was the nicest place! There are 20 units with ocean-front views and six bedrooms (2 down and 4 up), five bathrooms, a very large living room (as condos go) and a well-equipped kitchen with modern appliances and a huge refrigerator and stand-up freezer. Upstairs there is a common room with a pool table, and both levels have wide balconies facing the ocean. Every room has a TV with cable and there was a computer with high-speed internet. The pool was big and the hot tub sat about 10, although I once counted 13 kids in it. We also had laundry facilities in the condo, and parking for up to 3-4 cars per unit under the building, with an elevator, as well as two sets of stairs.

Naomi mentioned in her comment on the last post that nobody killed anyone on the trip. I laughed at that! With seven adults and eight children, someone was always in at least a little bit of trouble, but we managed to get along well enough to stave off any major grievances (just barely).



I was asked to bring games, so I toted Trivial Pursuit (2 versions), Scrabble, a jigsaw puzzle and a deck of cards. We played Trivial Pursuit once and I played Scrabble with five of my grandkids one morning after breakfast. Most nights, we were too tired to do much of anything except vegetate on the couches and watch movies we had rented. The long days in the sun (even under the tent the sun finds it's way to your skin), wind and surf tired everyone out, especially the children. They spent whole days running back and forth from the beach to the pool, or from the swimming areas to the surfing areas about 2 blocks away. We were constantly applying sun block to little faces, arms and backs - and it didn't do much good against the 90*+ days of unrelenting sunshine. I'm not complaining, mind you, but in all the hubbub, I forgot to apply my own sun block, so I am sporting a burn in a few places, mostly from wind.




On Wednesday it rained from noon on till the evening; the four granddaughters got treated to manicures with special designs (which promptly began to peel off). One of the boys was turning thirteen (not the one I mentioned yesterday) and he was treated to a mini-party with chocolate cake purchased at a local grocery (not bad). He got to go out for lunch and shopping with just his mom and dad; a real treat when you have six siblings.



I could go on and on, but I had better stop here before you get bored......ha.....maybe you already are! I do have a little more to tell about the trip - and some photos coming soon!






22 comments:

Carmi said...

I could never find this boring, Judy. I find myself waiting for more...hope you keep sharing tidbits from this very neat trip.

Leigh in Atlanta said...

nice, I love myrtle beach
michele sent me to say hi

rosemary said...

Nice digs....many condos in our area by the lake are like yours and rented all the time even in winter. Others on the skiing mountain have ski outs and are busy in summer.

Seamus said...

Myrtle Beach was a favorite of our family when the girls were in their teens.

brendalove@gmail.com said...

Thanks for this taste of the beach!

p.s. you didn't see Jeff Kay lurking around there did you?

srp said...

Vacation fun... I love the line where you said with all the adults and children... someone was always in a bit of trouble.... so funny! Glad you had a good time and now you can rest from your vacation. Isn't that how it goes most of the time?

Mr. Althouse said...

Like Carmi, I never find your blog boring. I love hearing about families getting together and enjoying each other's company.

Michele sent me over,

Mike

Marty: said...

The condo sounds perfect. I love it that you have a whole label category for fingernails! You probably need a vacation!

PI said...

Judy it sounds a wonderful trip and the children will remember it all their lives. Five bathrooms - that's civilised living:)

ET said...

We loved Myrtle Beach too. The night life alone is worth going... and a beach too.... wow!

Star said...

I havee never been to Myrtle Beasch. It looks lovely. The condo sounds nice. I love that you guys played board games. That is a great way to spend time with the kids.

LZ Blogger said...

Sounds like fun! I have got to put North Myrtle Beach on my places to see list... (as if it wasn't big enough already?! ~ jb///

Claude said...

It all sounds like a lot of fun!

Cris said...

Oh I never get bored with your stories! I was reading the past ones that I missed too, neat!

trinamick said...

I've always wanted to take a vacation like that. OK, not with my family, but the beach would be nice. ;P

Evil Twin's Wife said...

We love North Myrtle Beach. Those condos look really nice. It's making me re-think a beach vacay this summer.... hmmmm.

Kristi said...

A beach vacation sounds just about perfect to me right now. It sounds like you had a great time with the grandkids, and you are NEVER boring!

Suzz said...

Sounds like you had a fabulous time with your family!

Nancy said...

Hello,

Your vacation at Myrtle Beach sounded like the best.
When my 4 children were young we used to rent a place at the beach in Ocean City, New Jersey.
One year when my kids were teenagers agers we took a place with 2 bedrooms and one bath.What were we thinking????
Then,our son,Chris,asked if he could bring his friend,Bob. We said yes.So,Carol hearing that, asked if she could bring Joanne. Again we said yes.Jerry was inseperable from his friend Tim,so it was taken for granted that he was coming. Steve,not missing a beat said,"Well,if everybody else is bringing someone,can I bring someone,too?" When we said yes,Steve got a big smile on his face and said,"Good, I'll ask the Anderson twins."
It was really crowded but we all had a wonderful time and my kids still talk about that one year more than all the others.

Anna said...

I can't wait to do this with my family Judy once we are Stateside soon! :) It all sounds great....more, more!

utenzi said...

I'm glad you had such a great time, Judy. It sounds exhausting--but the good kind. I hope that wind burn fades quick!

Shephard said...

Looking forward to the photos. :)
~S