Today was another fun-filled day at the beach. We got down to the beach around 11am and the kids immediately started playing in the sand. Gavin thought that Daddy needed an exfoliating treatment on his back. He kept picking up sand and rubbing it into his back. He did this much of the time that we were at the beach today.
Thankfully, for us, Mikayla has had what I consider a healthy fear of the ocean. She likes to get right at the waters edge and let the waves come over her, but she doesn’t try to venture out too far unless someone is with her. Gavin is pretty much the same way which helped bring my stress level down a little bit. I was really worried about having to watch two kids down in the water. I still have to watch them, but I am not so worried that they are going to try to go out too far.
Towards the end of our visit, Gavin passed out on me. He stayed like this for about 30 minutes. I really enjoyed the cuddles with my sweet boy. It isn’t often that I get to hold him for this long anymore.
After the beach, we hit the pool for a short period of time and then we went back to the hotel room to shower and get ready for dinner. We went to the Wreck of Salty Dog, which is part of the Salty Dog Cafe chain located here in Hilton Head. We attempted to go to the main cafe, but they was a nearly 2 hour wait. Not a great thing with two hungry kids. Dinner was great, though, and we were not at all disappointed. They had a great fish tank with some very unusual looking fish in it.
After dinner, we got some ice cream at the Salty Dog Ice Cream Shop (they have everything!). It was pretty hot even at 7pm, so the ice cream was melting pretty quickly. Mikayla is also not a very neat ice cream eater as it is. It made for some cute photo ops, though.
Anyone that know Gavin will appreciate that he played with the buckles of his stroller the whole time we were eating ice cream. That boy is obsessed with buckles! So much so, that we recently had to take the buckles off of his highchair, because he will spend an entire dinner buckling and unbuckling himself. Thankfully, that is the only thing he has figured out how to unbuckle, so far.
Tomorrow, we are planning to start the day at the beach again. We are expecting some afternoon thundershowers, so we wanted to make sure we got some time at the beach before that rolled on through. We did purchase a beach trolley today. We quickly learned that it is very difficult to carry all of the things needed to keep children safe and happy and the beach and try to carry them as well. Seeing as how we love to visit the beach, I think it will get a lot of use over the years. Our trip down should be much simpler tomorrow.