Ben and Ruth drove got to our house from Mississippi on Friday and spent the night with us. The kids were SO excited that Uncle Ben and Aunt Ruth were spending the night...they LOVE to have people sleep over!
|The girls LOVE to read with Aunt Ruth! They were really excited that she brought a big box of books to read with them at the beach.|
|JP was quite attached to Uncle Ben! We FaceTime with Ben and Ruth about once a week so even though JP probably doesn't remember seeing them at Christmas, he still knows who they are!|
|Franklin was glad to get some cuddle time with Uncle Ben.|
Monday, Fred and Gin-g came and celebrated Ellie and JP's birthdays with us. (Yes, I know JP isn't until September but we do family parties twice a year so the summer babies and the winter babies get grouped together whenever that may be.) JP was mostly oblivious to the whole birthday thing but Ellie was SO excited. She LOVES her family party. She plans for it all year long! We opened presents, ate a delicious dinner, had chocolate cake with chocolate icing (Ellie's request) and my dad's homemade cookies and cream ice cream. We finished off our birthday celebration with Ellie wanting to ride her bike...and of course it was pouring rain. Mom of the year (that would be me) went out in the pouring rain and rode around with her. I told her that she should never doubt that I love her!
|Ellie was very excited to get a Baby Alive doll like her sisters! (They got them for their birthdays this past year.)|
|My mom made JP gingerbread cookies since he's not a big cake fan.|
|Grandparents with the grandbabies.|
|The Rainey side of the family. Ruthie was NOT happy about taking pictures!|
|hanging out at the beach with Aunt Ruth|
|Ellie LOVES to roll in the sand!|
|GiGi and PaPa brought new bathing suits for everyone....they were quite excited!|
JP wasn't so sure about the ocean at the beginning of the week but by halfway through he thought it was great!
We had some cooler, rainy days and so we headed to the park one morning which was fun. Usually it's too hot to go play at the park and there's generally not anyone there. Because of the cool weather there were lots of other kids at the park so my kiddos had a great time playing!
The park is a short ride down the bike path and it was very doable with all 3 kiddos on wheels. Emmie and Ellie on bikes and Ruthie on the scooter. Ruthie was FLYING on the scooter...she has definitely mastered the scooter much better than her sisters every did!
Emmie was really excited to ride her bike all over the island this year. We tried to convince Ellie to give up the training wheels while we were at the beach this year but she wasn't quite ready. I'm pretty sure next year she'll be riding around the island with us!
|We rode to the Marsh Tower a few times while we were at the beach. It's Emmie's favorite place to go!|
I also got in some bike rides. I rode to the Ocean Course with my dad and then again with Paul and Ruth.
Early on in the week the girls (and JP) found some friends at the beach. There were 2 families staying in a house just down from us and they had 3 little girls around Ellie and Ruthie's ages and a little boy around JP's age. The kids had a great time playing at the beach together!
|Emmie holding court.|
|The kids put the dads to work making mermaid tails!|
Ben and Ruth had a BIG surprise for us at the beach. They brought their cotton candy machine and many different flavors of cotton candy! The kids were SO excited! Ruth made cotton candy for us a few times during the week. Ruthie wasn't a fan but everybody else loved it. We were really surprised that JP, who doesn't eat too many sweets, thought it was delicious!
We had some lovely walks on the beach.
|Gran and JP on the beach.|
|Evening walk with a full moon.|
We took a quick afternoon trip to see Angel Oak.
|(Ellie opted to stay at the house with Gran...she went and saw Angel Oak when she visited GiGi and PaPa)|
And of course we had lots of fun just hanging out together!
|We played games most nights after the kids went to bed. Cranium was quite entertaining...especially since 3 out of the 4 of us are seriously lacking in the pop culture category.|
|Ellie had been looking forward to ribs for dinner for weeks before we went to the beach! They didn't disappoint.|
|Franklin getting snuggles from Aunt Ruth.|
|Franklin had so much fun at the beach but it was exhausting!|
(Emmie clearly took notes when watching the competition company dance at the recital!)
(Oh, and the saga of the stomach virus wasn't quite over. When the Zofran wore off Saturday Ellie was back to normal but Emmie was still feeling pretty bad. She never threw up but she was quite miserable. Thursday night by dad was sick. Sunday, after they got back to Mississippi fortunately, Ben and Ruth were both sick. I think we have FINALLY purged it from the family!)
We had SO much fun at Kiawah...it was a great way to kick off the summer!