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Kiawah Island 2015

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

This is our fifth year in this borrowed beach house, but only the second time E has been able to come. Technically he was there for 24 hours last year, but I did the 2 day drive by myself so that doesn’t count as being there. He drove this year, the whole way, and I got to sleep and hand stuff to the kids in the back which is the perfect start to vacation. It turns out Linc is an amazing road tripper and his presence barely slowed us down, so the driving was well worth the end result.

Kiawah is amazing. It’s an incredible vacation just because of the setting, but the key to a true dream vacation is to have more bathrooms than you have adults. Never having to wait for a bathroom or use a bathroom on the same floor where everyone is eating or worry someone is hearing you in the bathroom or having to take a cold shower because everyone else used up the hot water is an amazing luxury. It’s why rich people are so much happier than regular people. Bathrooms.

Bathrooms are especially key when the main sources of beach house entertainment are eating and drinking and drinking. We’ve gotten pretty good at our menu and consolidating our shopping down to two big trips and then only a few smaller trips for emergency supplies (like limes, and another 5 pound bag of sugar since we managed to use the first one up in less than 36 hours). There was cake and more cake and an apple crisp and Lowcountry Boil, which is seafood and corn and sausage, and Bo Ssam, which is huge plates of pork with rice and lettuce and ginger sauce, and one thousand cocktails, which is the appropriate number of cocktails on vacation. We ate until we could barely move and then we played cards, because even though we were on vacation we are all responsible adults now and can’t get falling down drunk at 2 pm. I like cards better than throwing up anyway.

I took thousands and thousands of pictures, culled and edited them down to several hundred, and I uploaded exactly 100 photos for this post. I know that’s a ridiculous number and I ought to feel bad about my self-indulgence, especially because even though there were 7 adults and 6 kids at the beach house 99% of my pictures of just of my children. But I don’t. While we were in the kitchen, trying to remember specifics from previous years, one of my friends pulled up pictures from a previous year. I was surprised she still had them on her laptop, but she said actually she didn’t, she just looked at them on my blog. So it’s my duty to document this glorious vacation for posterity. Or at least so I can show the kids in a couple months and remind them that they are some very lucky children.

Previous years: 2011 2012 2013 2014

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There is a hair in my lens. It makes that shadow in the top right and the line just left and below center. If I print anything I will take the time to clone it out, but for now I don’t care enough. It ONLY shows when I photograph landscapes/sky at 28mm.

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My Week(248) in iPhone Photos

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

I am at the beach, where time means nothing, so I totes forgot to do this post yesterday. I’m not even sorry.

Sunday:

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Grandpas are popular

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My vacation started early because I went to Target alooooooone

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That looks like poor choices

Monday:

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Evan and Caroline were REALLY excited about Linc’s birthday presents.

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Oil change

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Pizza crust is his favorite food

Tuesday:

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Soooooo much driving

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WHY DOESN’T MY TARGET SELL WINE?

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There are other beds, they insist on sharing

Wednesday:

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Bleeeeeh

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This is the church where I got married! Also, it’s very hot. 

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Charleston’s version of a splash park

Thursday:

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Caroline loves that the city is full of horses

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Mermaid

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My husband is very much enjoying his scotch…I mean…vacation

Friday:

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I love this house

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Lowcountry boil time

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Hot Mess

Saturday:

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Never leaving

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A picture of me in a bikini. Almost.

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Hanna Jams and reading time

I’m already late for a 10 am pool date with the kids where I am going to mostly ignore them while I float. Because the beach is amazing and you can do that here.

I’m slooooowly editing the 4000 photos I’ve already taken and will post way too many soon. And then next week I’ll repeat it all over for the lake. My life is not too bad right now.

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Sunday, July 19th, 2015

Summer summer summertime! So much summering going on around here.

Sunday:

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When there is a sleeping baby on you, you sit.

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I tried to tell him biting an inflatable was a poor choice, but he didn’t listen.

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Fruit pizza is my new favorite kind of pizza

Monday:

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A++++ WOULD RECOMMEND

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He’s becoming a Stage 3 leaner

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Big kidding big kidding around!

Tuesday:

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Making sure we got enough sticks in with the blueberries

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Having big kid friends who can read is cool.

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My husband made a table.

Wednesday:

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Practicing her name while we wait for car repairs

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Blueberry almond cakes

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Took a walk ALONE because that’s not happening again for a while

Thursday:

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Buying a toilet seat LIKE A BOSS

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We picked up a friend from horse camp so Caroline could meet some horses

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Surfer Dude

Friday:

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Linc smashed it 10 seconds later

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Cool kids wear hats

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The view from the hill behind my house

Saturday:

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Lake…

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…Target…

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…Ice cream. REPEAT.

Linc turns 1 on Thursday and I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT. His party is Saturday, and I have a bazillion things to do before then, including create a menu. I have never been this unprepared to feed my guests. I’m keeping my everything crossed that we have beautiful weather for the party, because I am counting on the bounce house and some bubbles to keep the kids entertained all afternoon. I don’t know what I’ll do if we have to be inside.

If you need me, I’ll be keeping as busy as possible so I can IGNORE THE PART ABOUT LINC TURNING 1.

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Sunday, July 12th, 2015

It looks like I spent the WHOLE week at the lake. Which I guess I did.

Sunday:

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Lake food

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Lake view

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Lake naps

Monday:

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WATCH OUT FOR THE PINK FLOATY IT WILL RUIN YOUR KID

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Love our BityBean in the water

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Party countdown is on

Tuesday:

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Lashes

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Loaner wrap is super cushy

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Star Wars, kids playing, me editing = mom life

Wednesday:

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This baby is finally learning to sleep in his own room

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He doesn’t know how to use that phone yet. Probably.

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SO GOOD

Thursday:

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Linc’s bouncy house makes him popular with the girls

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When he can’t find his own blankie, brother’s will do

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They are both very pleased with themselves

Friday:

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Linc slept in his room. I woke up to this on my vidoe monitor.

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Someone should watch that baby near the water

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Gorgeous evening for a walk

Saturday:

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Wore my lobster wrap down to the lobster docks

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Double chocolate cake for lunch

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Cards for dinner

My goal for this week is to get the kids to bed BEFORE 10 pm every night. It’s finally getting dark almost early enough for a real bedtime – no one will sleep when the sun is still up at 8:30. But I need 2 kid free hours after they all go to sleep and right now that means I’m still awake at 11:45 pm. Why can’t kids and grown ups switch? I will go to bed at 7:30 every night and they can stay up until whenever? Oh right, because then nothing would ever get done.

This week’s agenda includes two farmer stands, more lake, a horse barn, blueberry picking and car repairs. One of those things is less exciting than the others.

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Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Hello. It is summer.

Sunday:

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Morning lap naps because we have no where to be

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Sports!

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She’s very good at selfies

Monday:

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Our Mystic day started at the aquarium

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Then I tied my baby to a chair to eat grilled cheese…

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Then Caroline decorated a whale at the seaport

Tuesday:

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I’M A BIG KID

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LOOK AT ME BEING BIG

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Being a big kid is exhausting

Wednesday:

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That whale is definitely trying to eat her

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Caroline thinks sitting is boring

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LINC THINKS SITTING IS VERY EXCITING

Thursday:

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Bed stealer

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Perfect

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One Caroline to push 3 babies. She’s got it.

Friday:

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So grown

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Evan is doing is presentation about Seaport Camp and explaining his picture looks like that because he “only works in black and sometimes very very dark gray”.

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Babies do not have good table manners

Saturday (Happy Fourth!!):

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The Mayflower!! Linc is unimpressed because he knows it’s a replica.

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Matching dresses are awesome

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We stayed up waaaaaaay too late

And on that note, I am going to bed. The weekend was fun but exhausting and NO ONE has taken a real nap in more than a week. I need at least 6 hours of sleep in a row if I have any chance of functioning this week. Good night!

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