Friday Four: Seaside Memories

Easter weekend 2018

My aunt summoned us early the previous week. She requested all the small kids to be at her house in Conway for dinner and a egg hunt. We accepted and started looking for our fancy church- like clothes.IMG_20180401_165150452.jpg

Our trip home began at  8am. It us three hours to get there. It sun was kissing our face in the sun roof of the Buick Encore. The closer we got the more I thought about the beach. Growing up, it was our family refugee from the busy work and school week.  It was almost like it was calling me, calling us all. Because the boys, one by one, began asking to go the Pawley’s Island before returning back to Charlotte. We made it through a plate or two of my cousins and eldest aunt dinner plates, catch up conversations with the aunts, impromptu haircuts from cousin Lamont and even the trash talking in the background from the men folks playing cards for quarters in the driveway. As we got ready to issue our so-longs, the requests began once again.

 

Awe shucks………. I knew there was no way I could be that close to the beach and not go. Sure the water wouldn’t be warm enough to go surfing but it was perfect to watch the boys play on the beautiful sand, sit and watch the ocean waves dance and even build sand castles.

And it’s just what we did. Of course we took pictures and chatted with the locals after our quick stop at the beach store for floats, sand pails, and salt water taffy.

 

We had a wonderful time and hope to return soon for more vitamin Sea.

I’m sharing all of this because in the next coming years, I do not know if we will have moments like this again. Under President Trump, the plan Aims to Open Up Almost All of America’s Coastline to Risky Offshore Drilling.

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Drilling for oil on our coast is risky. A spill/leak will happen as it has in every other occurrence. Here’s four reasons from a mom, homeschooling, business owners and beach lover’s point of view why you should say no to the Trump administration and pro-drilling members of Congress:

 

 

  1. There are other sources of energy available that would be less abrasive to retrieve and cheaper to use. I found 8 right here online.  Click HERE to see them.
  2. If we can’t go to the beach, why would we shop the local stores? Business would suffer.
  3. There’s something special about the ocean. You can’t get the peace of mind, wind, and freeness anywhere else.
  4. The beach is a huge classroom. There you can learn about the history and exploration of the ocean, geography, science, math and marine biology. Your children can learn to name the oceans and continents, learn bodies of water, know aquatic terms such as bay, peninsula, sea, marsh, pond, river. Study all living sea creatures and learn about ocean exploration. 

bbbbbbbeachAt this point, the plan is still preliminary; it won’t be finalized for a year or more. This offshore drilling proposal will be very real for many people who might not have been involved in politics before. They are getting involved now. The Trump administration may not have listened to state and local stakeholders yet, but soon the president won’t be able to ignore the chorus of voices demanding that he keep offshore drilling out of the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Oceans, and the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

Now is the time to take a stand and demand change. Add Your Voice, Click here to say NO Drill NC!

And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came.  –John F. Kennedy

 

Memorial Day meets Birthday Celebration at the Hungington Beach State Park

Can you name 7 different types of berries? beach berries

That was the billboard we read in Johnsonville, SC as we were on our way to  Pawleys Island Monday!

The billboard asked  and I answered: Blue, black, rasp, straw, boysen, goosberry, and mullberry- POW!

What I didn’t tell you is that it took myself AND my two teen daughters to get them all! But we did it, some 45 minutes later. It got us thinking about other fruits and veggies. God is SO AMAZING to have created such a variety of yummy handful treats. We wanted to learn about more, so we continued our search. wanna see what we found?  (Click here!) then click here also-it’s a Food Challenge!

This Memorial Day could easy be one of the best family vacations yet!beach look what Eaim has

When my oldest two were very young I NEVER traveled far with them. Because I nursed, my husband worked full time AND they were both in diapers it just wasn’t worth it. I just invited family and friend over to my house. Since my children always came in sets, I always had at least two on my hips and at any given time.

This year my two older daughters and husband chipped in to make it a great mini vacation. We went to Huntington Beach State Park to celebrate my veteran husband and new 13 & 14 year old girls. We had a great time!

My husband and 1/3 of our children testing out the water before we jump in.

My husband and 1/3 of our children testing out the water before we jump in.

The 6 and 4 year old kept themselves occupied even though they were watched the entire time, and of course the 13 and 14 year old girls were self managed.

Tehun sat down in started talking with other beach visitors.

Tehun sat down in started talking with other beach visitors. They had to remind him to get his shoes.

Everyone chipped in an watched Tehun, the 2 year old. I sat with Noah at the end of the ocean and watched his reaction to each  incoming wave till he fell fast asleep in my arms.I was so grateful for the opportunity to watching my children enjoy themselves. I wondered if I miss this opportunity with my 19 and 20 year old kids.

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My message to any mom that’s overwhelmed with their lil one: This too shall pass. Your babies will be big in no time. Take a big breath and enjoy them now. Go ahead and ask for help.You’ll wish for those days later for sure.

These girls were digging a tunnel to the Pavilion on Myrtle Beach... Just kidding.

These girls were digging a tunnel to the Pavilion on Myrtle Beach… Just kidding.

As a treat, we had Salt water taffy!    BEACH5   Life is good!