Saturday, June 13, 2009

Hilton Head Island

We just got back from a week vacation at Hilton Head Island with my family.  I should clarify and the girls just got back.  Since Chad has been blessed with a new job, one of the drawbacks is having a work a year before he gets vacation time.  But with my families help we made it the whole week with just a few tears.  Grace was defiantly homesick for daddy and it seemed to be worse in the evening.  She spent the last three nights sleeping in my bedroom.  

The beach was awesome and the girls did GREAT!  I was a little nervous about Olivia but she was awesome.  She slept wonderful (in a dark closet with a sound machine), ate good and played hard.  Grace also did well.  Her and Hudson had a few toddler moments but I truly believed they love each others company.  In fact tonight as I told Grace about her big day at church tomorrow and how she would see all her friends, she asked me if Huddy would be there.  Too sweet!  I took over 500 pictures so I had to narrow down how many downloads I put on here.  Enjoy a glimpse into our vacation!

These first few pictures of the girls in their sundresses turned out darling!

My sweet boy Hudson!  

My favorite picture of all four cousins!!!!!!!
Maw Maw bought all four matching outfits and they turned out SO cute.  We got asked many times on the trip if Hudson and Grace were twins.  They do look a lot alike and act just like brother and sister.
The family...Aunt KK (my sister), Paw Paw, Hudson, Tyler, Me, Olivia, Maw Maw, Grace and Uncle Eric

My favorite time of the day was going to the beach.  The girls were really good and their was not to much they could get into.  Both were very apprehensive of the water so I wasn't afraid of them going into the ocean.  When Olivia got tired she would go climb into a chair under the umbrella and watch everything going on.  So EASY!
The pictures are out of order....on the last day Grace decided that she liked the ocean and wanted to go in and surf on a board.  I think it had a little to do with Paw Paw being so patient with her all week and watching older kids playing in the waves.

Grace and Olivia both have the best little personalities.  I love watching them goof off.  And Olivia loves copying the older kids!

Sisterly Love
Both of the kids were amused with the boogie board.  They loved being pulled around on the sand.  If Olivia fell off she would get mad and start crying chasing after the board to get back on.  Oh she makes me laugh.

Carrie, Dad, and Me
This child is a NUT!  She would lay down in the sand and lick the sandy water!  And she liked it!!!

In this picture Olivia is riding the castle.  Giddy Up!
Olivia loved the fact that she could just freely walk around.  I can only count on one hand the times I had to chase her down the whole week.  It was usually because she found someone elses sand toys more interesting then ours.
All the kids LOVE Maw Maw...she was defiantly a toy they fought over.

"Who me eating sand?  You must be mistaken!"
Sweet boy Tyler eats EVERYTHING he can get his hands on!
Grace and Olivia both loved playing in the sand.  The mess did not seem to bother them a bit.  I was so glad to have a pool at the house so we could wash away most the sand!  

Hudson and his lawnmower...or motorcycle as he calls it.  
This boy can run and run and run and run.

Olivia wanted water wings just like everybody else.  She did so good with them...when she let go of my arm. (she continues to be a mommy's girl)  I had to give her a paci because she would lick up the water!  My CRazY girl!

Paw Paw was such a trooper with all the kids.  He played hard with them...for at least an hour a day...right Paw Paw ;).  His patience really showed as he helped chase behind Olivia going to the stairs for the one hundreth time of the day, to reffing Hudson and Grace, listening to Olivia scream her high pitch squeal, to taking the kids for walks to wear off energy, to reading books.  
Maw Maw gave Grace and I a free afternoon for a mother/daughter date.  I took her to see the new movie Up.  She did wonderful and it was so nice to just spend one on one time with her.  Thanks Maw Maw for that precious time.


Nancy said...

Your girls always look AMAZING! I love their cute clothes...where do you shop?? It's so fun to have girls don't you think?