Today’s #funfriday has us wrapping up Spring Break at one of our favorite places for a simple family vacation, North Myrtle Beach, SC.
We’ve been coming to the Cherry Grove area since I was a little girl – and I have proof:
Yep, that’s me and my cousin, Casey, from Tennessee. Side note: look at me rocking those bangs way back in the day…don’t you know!!
Many a summer days were spent on those steps by the “stack house” as we called it – a little place we rented from the pharmacist my mom worked for when I was born. We had to sit on those steps because the tide would come in so high that it would splash waves onto the steps. We were nothing but trouble and gosh did we argue!! I don’t know why, it’s not like I was bossy or anything…
Those memories at the stack house are some of my favorite from my childhood. Here’s the thing – mom and dad didn’t spend a gazillion dollars on the beach house, we didn’t really do anything spectacular (except if you count going to Showbiz Pizza) and life was ridiculously simple.
I want those kinds of memories for my own kiddos. As I’m tempted to do more, buy more, spend more – tonight I’m reminding myself that the simple life is good – and even fun!
Here are 5 ways we keep our family vacations SIMPLE:
1 – don’t underestimate the simplicity of going somewhere you know and know well
I’ve been tempted over the years to say that our family should go and experience new places and try new things. Yes, in some aspects that would be good to do. But, in other ways there is something about being in a place where you know the ins and outs – the back roads, the secret insider tips, almost like being a local!
I’m thankful that we keep coming back to our favorite beach. Our kids have memories in the same place I experienced as a little girl. No, the stack house isn’t there anymore, but we’re right up the street from where it used to be. We can pass places and landmarks and tell our kids the stories about what happened here before their time.
We have our favorite spots, our favorite foods and our favorite hotel that feels like home. This is good and gives us more opportunities to take it easy and stress less about figuring out a new place.
2 – find that one thing you can do as a family and do it every year
Our one thing would have to be putt-putt. It’s our tradition and we know every putt-putt course in the area. We even know the one with the dinosaurs that we have to stay away from because Kylie gets scared silly!!
3 – go ahead and eat at KW with all of the old people
PSA – I have nothing against old people. Should I tell you that we went to K&W 3 nights in a row on our vacation?? Yes. Yes, we did. Don’t you judge.
Man, and I totally didn’t take any photos to give you proof. Probably because I was too busy stuffing my face with K&W deliciousness.
Instead, here’s a lovely photo I found on the internet:
Note: SAS shoes are not required to dine at K&W.
4 – take time to play games and have fun
One of our traditions is to play cards every night.
This year’s game: GO FISH!
No, not joking.
I know you guys are getting more jealous by the minute of our vacation – K&W, Go Fish….whew!!! Fun times with the Haiglers/Kellys!!!
Seriously. Stay up late, laugh too loud, play games and cherish fun memories with your people. It’s worth it. These are the times you will remember.
And they’ll remember times in the pool when you let them stay up way past their bedtime too:
5 – forget the schedule and stay outside until the sun goes down
One of my favorite things about vacation is not having to be on a schedule. I’m not good at keeping up with those on a normal day, so vacation is seriously heaven for me!
If I had my way, we’d stay on the beach until the last bit of light is seen on the horizon every single day. This is my kind of day.
Well, except for when Brock is hungry…which is about every other minute of the day!! And this is him getting mad at me because I won’t get him another snack.
Oh, well – sometimes you just have to put angry toddlers in strollers and let them enjoy their naps while you enjoy peace and quiet!
My biggest takeaway for you tonight is to remember that times with family can be simple and easy. You don’t have to plan the most spectacular vacations to the most exotic destinations. Time with your people and getting away from the everyday routine is what matters. Even if you do need a vacation from your vacation (I may have said that this week, yep).
From our crew to yours, happy weekending, friends.
And happy Good Friday – oh what a celebration is coming of our Risen Savior!
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