Here are some pictures (ok, a lot of pictures) of our family vacation to Jekyll Island this summer! We had a perfectly imperfect time. ha! The beach with three littles isn't always so great, but we made the most of it, I think, and the kids had a great time! We left Saturday morning and made it a little after noon to Jeff and Brooke's in Brunswick. They took us to a delicious place on St. Simon's called Nacho's. It was so so good! We went to the grocery store and then to check in to our condo at Villas by the Seas. They let us use a 20% off coupon from Jeff and also we were upgraded to a two bedroom at no charge! Woo hoo! Alabama loved having an upstairs and their own room. The decor was outdated 80's beach style but it was nice and clean. After that, we finally made it to the "beach." We packed up all of our things, (lots of them) and walked down to the stairs to the beach. Except there was no beach. The tide was about half way in and they have these rocks to protect the dunes so there was no actual beach at that point. Alabama had fun riding the kick board in the water with Brooke and Jeff, though. Oh, and the water was really really dirty. Blue got in the ocean for the first time and wasn't really a fan.
Oh, but before we left, we saw a raccoon outside and Adam fed him a chee-to from his hand!
The best of the pictures from the night. ha!
We went back to the room and had lunch and then packed up to go to the Great Dunes beach. We hauled all of our things down a steep staircase to the beach, found a spot and set up. It would have been funny (I'm sure it will be later....that's our life!) if it wasn't terrible! We got the umbrella up fine, but the baby tent that I borrowed it was way too windy for it. Not long after we set up, we discovered that the local trailer park residents were beside us. (No offense if you live in a trailer park, you probably wouldn't like these people, either.) ha! They cussed at their kids, wore jeans, that's right full blue jeans in the water, had one man who must have been 500 pounds and fully clothed (not complaining!ha) that sat in a chair the entire time, and were just loud. Pate loved throwing his ball in the water and Alabama liked to swim on her kickboard with Adam but Blue took a nap on me and then on the blanket under the umbrella. We were having a nice time relaxing (as much as you can with the trailer park beside us). We brought Alabama's kite that she has been asking to fly since she was two. Well, she is a lot like me in that we get an idea in our head of how the event will go and it's hard when it doesn't. Here are a few examples of our time at the beach: The kite was missing a dowel. Adam improvised with a stick but it still wouldn't fly which was extremely unfortunate considering the high winds we had should have been good for something, at least. Jeff and Brooke told us they were coming to the beach. They didn't and she just couldn't let it go and enjoy herself without them. She must have asked me 50 times when they were coming, call them, etc. Sweet girl also brought her beach mat that she's had in her closet for a long time for "such a time as this" and set it up at the beach on Saturday and then on her chair on Sunday. I could just recognize the struggle as she laid on it and the reality of it was not the same as the expectation of relaxation she had in her mind! ha!
After Pate played with his sand toys and dump truck (Heaven.)
and Alabama drew in the sand some, the three of us ventured into the nasty water. (Pate had also went back down to the water and threw the ball by himself for a good 10 minutes.) We were there for maybe 5 minutes when Pate fell down into the water and came back up with red places on both hands and crying. I run up the beach with him while Adam sits trailer-park-man-style and watches. The water was so dark, I couldn't see anything but I'm assuming he was stung by a jellyfish. Beach day over. We (Adam) packed up, I took the boys to the car and left whining girl with him. We went to the condo and showered and rested before we drove over to meet Brooke and Jeff on Saint Simon's for supper. We ate at Mullet Bay and were thankful to be treated to a yummy dinner. (I don't tell her to pose like this. ever.)
Then we walked down to the pier and stopped at the cutest candy store! They have a train that goes around the ceiling and of course Pate loved that. He also picked up several pieces of candy in the wrappers and put them in his mouth. We didn't pay for them. I know. We're terrible.
We did buy some candy and had fun with the lip suckers! Then we walked down to the pier and saw the lighthouse and played on the playground for a few minutes before we headed back to Jekyll.
The next day, we stuck to the pool and then went to the Sea Turtle Center with Jeff after lunch on the playground. (Note to future self: Just eat lunch in the condo. Trust me.)
My sweet boys. :)
Love this girl!
We picked out some Pralines and fudge, suckers and taffy and were on our way. We ended our trip walking down the River and got to see a tugboat, too.
We are thankful for the memories made and the time with family. Just remember, vacation is not always as it appears on Instagram and Facebook. :) Although nice, not perfect.