Sunday, July 26, 2015

Until Next Year, HHI!

The cousins each made their own tie-dyed shirts this week and donned them on our last morning in Hilton Head.  We had another fantastic week and loved this time spent with family!  Thanks, Nonni and Papa, for making it happen—we can’t wait until next year!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

HHI: Annual Beach Portraits

On our last night on HHI we took to the beach, all showered and dressed in our finest this time to take our self-timer, tripod group photo.  I love being able to compare photos from previous years to see how much the kids have grown.  I love these faces.

HHI: July 10

On our last full day of our week in Hilton Head, we took a Zodiak boat tour out in Calibogue Sound.  Last year we went on a Zodiak tour with the same company and it was such a beautiful way to explore the area and see lots of wildlife, so we thought we’d do it again this year.  This year, Ivy and Tracy were able to join us and we took a different route on our tour.  We stopped at the “disappearing island” which is of course only there during low tide.  It was a great place to see some tiny wildlife and most of the time it looked like we were all walking on water.  We then explored the marshy areas hoping to get a glimpse at dolphins strand feeding, an activity unique to the South Carolina and Georgia coastline where dolphins herd fish onto the shore and then hoist their bodies on the beach to feed.  We did see quite a few dolphins but unfortunately none participating in this unique activity.  Maybe next time! 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

HHI: July 9

After a bike ride to the Stoney-Baynard Ruins in Sea Pines, we spent the loveliest of evenings on the beach.  I love our weeks in Hilton Head.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

HHI: July 8

Beautiful day for the beach!  We come prepared to the beach for the long haul now with plenty of boogie boards, sand-castle-building tools, footballs, paddle ball sets, a canopy, snacks, water, sunscreen and—probably most important in ensuring many hours out before the parents call it a day—plenty of adult drinks (sangria, margaritas, etc…we get more creative each year). Either way, we’re all having a great time for the day out on the beach. 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

HHI: July 7

Today we checked off a few of the must-do’s while vacationing in Sea Pines—we biked to South Beach marina to load up on our Salty Dog gear and enjoy some ice cream and we spent our evening enjoying Gregg Russell’s show under the big oak tree of Harbour Town.  Oh, and after many hours in the sun from biking, beaching, and pooling, we cuddled up for afternoon naps.  Great day. #iloveHHI

{still young enough to sit on the stage for gregg russell’s show.  this was jake’s first year sitting out in the crowd with the rest of us grown-ups…and ivy.}

HHI: July 6

Bike ride to Harbour Town, beach time, pool time, cousin time, and more beach time…oh, and lots of sunscreen.  A typical day in Sea Pines, one of my favorite places on God’s green earth.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Hilton Head Island: July 5

Our family, my sister’s family, and my parents spent another relaxing, bonding, fun week staying in the same house we’ve stayed in for years in Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island, courtesy of my wonderful parents.  Our HHI week consists of bike rides, beach time, dacquiris, good food, games and puzzles, and lots of laughs and smiles.  This is the definition of quality time together. 

We arrived on July 4th with big plans for a shrimp boil and fireworks on the beach, but unfortunately the weather had other plans.  It POURED the evening of the 4th of July.  We ended up watching the NYC fireworks on television.  By the time we hit the beach on July 5th, I was so relaxed (a few strawberry mojitos notwithstanding) I barely wanted to get my camera out.  By round 2 of beach time, in the evening, I brought it out for just few images.  More to come from HHI 2015!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Swim Team

Another summer, another swim team season.  Ella and Jack swim A LOT over the course of the six weeks of swim season, but I think being a part of the team is mostly about hanging around with friends (oh, and the snack bar food at meets).  Ella moved up to the 11-12’s this year which meant 50m races—as only a summer swimmer, that was quite an adjustment but she really built up her stamina throughout the season.  Jack was in the 9-10s, a tough group with a deep group of year-round swimmers but he hung pretty well and was on the rotation for the A relay team.  As the years go on the performance gap between summer swimmers and year-round swimmers grows, but Ella and Jack still both racked up ribbons this year.  We’re so proud of them for all of their hard work on the swim team! 
Here are just some highlights from the season (among them, Jack’s many goggle malfunctions…he swam about half of his races with no goggles or goggles around his neck and even lost a pair of goggles somewhere between the parking lot and the opposing team’s pool):  

I took photos of the entire swim team and this is the slideshow I created for the team at the end of the season:

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Instagrammin’ in June

We kicked off summer right this year with a super fun June!

another year of swim team. | happily saying goodbye to my school sign duties. | 5th grade celebration. | 5th grade was sprayed down by a fire truck. #riteofpassage | jack’s end-of-3rd-grade party. | 5th grade promotion—she’s a middle schooler now! | mother-daughter lunch at paco’s tacos to celebrate promotion. | these lovely ladies have been in school together since the preschool 2’s. | last day of school. | school’s out for summer! and yes, i did take a photo with my iphone while spraying 2 water guns at the kids. | yummy lunch after a day of football camp. | jack’s football pro camp team (with luke kuechly, jonathan stewart, mike tolbert, and steve smith). | 90’s concert fun. #everclear | volcano science fun at vbs. | my adorable view whenever i sit down. | another full week of vbs in the books for the 3 of us—next year ella will be old enough to be a volunteer. | camp with the awesome coach scott. | last swim meet of the season at the crack of dawn. | happy father’s day! | trying out sugar creek brewery for father’s day. | and then on to OMB. | backyard relaxing. #summatime #goodplacetoreadabook | ella’s doing a lot of great tennis camps this summer. | it’s so hot, you have to get up really early to get this girl to walk. | ella loved sketching art class at the mint museum. #queencharlotte | mother-daughter date night at painting with a twist. | jack went to tennis camp, too.