Friday, April 10, 2015

tybee, part 3

Thursday night we had our best dinner at AJ's which was steps from our rental. It was delicious! I had a fried flounder po' boy and Patrick had grilled mahi mahi. We both had watermelon margaritas. yuuuuuuuuuum.  James had a burger as big as his face and Ruby & Nick had homemade chicken "strips" that were so plentiful that we all had some for lunch the next day.  :)  It was a great end to our time on Tybee.

Friday morning: I will glaze over getting us out of the house (big kids=naughty) and jump to what came next.  We spent another great day at the beach!  It was even warmer, around 80, and we went back to the North beach which is not as busy as the one by the Pier.  If you walk around the jetty it is even less busy, which we prefer.  I even got in the water!  I was thinking it would be too cold but Patrick was right, it wasn't bad once you got used to it.  After a few hours of playing we left to head for Savannah where we would spend one more night.

I still needed to change so we stopped at a playground right near the beach where there was a restroom with no waiting and some great trees to climb.  (be still my heart.)  James set up at this picnic table and said he wanted to stay all day.  :)  It was shady, there was a breeze...very nice.  He was planning a game for him and Nick to play on the way home.

Patrick called me to come over and when I turned the corner I saw this.  hahahahaha.  He was up so high!
Of course Ruby and Nick wanted to try.  (James was still creating.)

I love this one:

We finally left and headed towards Savannah.  We had our first meal at Chick-fil-A (so good!) and got some more donuts.  (Peanut free, how could we not??)  We parked near Forsyth park and wandered around with a coffee.  There is a beautiful fountain, a couple playgrounds and tons of green space.  It was gorgeous out and we were happy we had stayed for one more night.

Next we walked down by the river.
little rats.
We found a brew pub for dinner and James had fun playing this large game with strangers:

Ruby took these:

I took this.  She was thrilled with her nachos.
Nick and this little boy were making funny faces at each other all night.  :)
And now my kids are almost home.  More soon!  xoxo

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

more Tybee Island

Before I forget.  Yesterday Nick asked me how to spell, "Don't go in yours room because it is destroyed with toilet paper."  Haha!  He would be an excellent spy.  ;)

On Tuesday, the second day of our trip, it was gorgeous from start to finish.  Ruby came on my morning walk with me and we decided it would be a good day to rent kayaks.  After breakfast James & I headed to a kayak place to get some information.  It turned out the time to kayak to Little Tybee was ASAP due to the tides.  They loaded a couple kayaks onto our van and we headed home to get the others.  (James got a can of mountain dew.  He was thrilled.  :)  )

There was a kayak launch spot right near our house and the trip over to the island only took about 15 minutes.  I think we were going fast because it was a bit nervewracking.  We were right at the mouth of the river where it meets up with the ocean...feels a lot freakier to me than being on a lake.  Patrick was in one with Ruby & Nick and James and I were together.  Ruby didn't like the ride over much and Nick didn't like getting splashed but we all loved the island.  I didn't bring my camera so I don't have any pictures of the large hermit crab we found living in a snail shell, the whelk snail we found that was so big and spewed a bunch of water out of it when we flipped it over.  (I will never forget the look on Ruby's face.)  The big old horseshoe crab shell we found, tons of other shells.  We just walked and walked and walked and looked in tidal pools and then walked some more.  We almost lost a kayak.  We had some snacks.  The kids just played and played in the sand and water and tidal mud.  (yuck!)  It was beautiful and there was only one other family over there felt like we had the place to ourselves.  It was so crazy to me to look over at a crowded beach and be on a mirroring beach with NO ONE else on it just because it takes a little bit of work to get to it.  If we had our own kayaks I would have gone over there every day and explored.  (maybe next time...)  :)

After we returned the kayaks we had dinner and went back to the beach to run around.

Wednesday was another beautiful day and we just hung out all morning until we met Dr. Joe for our beach walk.  Dr. Joe is amazing and we all had a really good time.
Here are Ruby & Nick hunting for sea treasures under the jetty:

 All of these shells, even the tiny ones, had hermit crabs in them:
 James is in the blue LAS VEGAS hat below:  (thanks, Dad!)

 Here James was preparing to help Dr. Joe drag a net over the ocean floor to see what we'd catch (and release, of course):

 Nick just LOVED the hermit crabs:
 Here we cleaned out the net.  Lots of small fish and some gooey blobs that were actually another type of jellyfish:

 and a squid!!  So cool!
 After this we drove to the outskirts of Savannah to get some Krispy Kreme & visit the Bonaventure cemetary.  Patrick & I loved it years ago and thought it would be a good place to walk around.  It had just closed and the kids crashed after their sugar high.  :)

 We went back to Tybee and went on a boat ride to see some Dolphins.  We saw a few, rode some big (to me) waves and I was very happy to get off.  :)

 The next day, Thursday, was even warmer out!  We decided to go to the main beach to set up and have lunch there.  James loves being buried. 
 Ruby and Nick offering James support via refreshments:
 The pier:
 James fell in love with boogie boarding.  Seriously loved it.

 Nick loved the waves, too.  Loved jumping over them.  The water was a bit cold for Ruby but she just had fun playing in the sand, finding hermit crabs and rescuing jelly fish blobs.  :)

 This is Nick holding one of the blobs.  They almost looked clear but actually had a super fine digestive tract you could just barely see.  Kind of amazing.

That is all for today!  xoxoxo

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Tybee Island

We did it!! Our first major road trip with the kids and it was great!  Nick was my biggest worry regarding the drive time and he was the one to grumble the most but overall he did really well.  I had read online about paying your kids for good behavior in the car so they each earned $1/hour on the way down.  :)  It worked!  They were helpful and (mostly) courteous, we didn't have to listen to fighting, and they ended up with $20 spending money for the week.  The first day on the way home was also good, even without pay, but I thought the last day might be tough so we opened up the offer again so they all made another $10.  James is the only one who spent any.  I think gas station food is his love language.  :)  He bought roller grill hot dogs, gatorade and cans of pop.  He was in heaven.  So cute.

Without further ado, some photos!

We rented a house on the south side of the island, not far from where a river meets up with the ocean.  4 of the mornings I went for solo walks first thing and it was so beautiful.  It was a few blocks down to access the river beach and then I walked along that until it curved and met the ocean.  Right across the river is Little Tybee, an uninhabited island seen below, that we kayaked to one day. 

Lots of dead jellyfish laying around after they tide went out.  These are not poisonous.
Our first afternoon we were scheduled to meet Dr. Joe for a Tybee Beach Ecology walk but it was kind of cold and sprinkly so he said we could reschedule for Wednesday.  (such a great guy!!)  We stayed at the beach anyways and just ran around, etc. 

I was being slightly dramatic here.  I took my hood off a while later.  :)
After lunch we went back to the house and Patrick and I took a nap.  When we woke up it was sunny!  Patrick had an hours worth of work to finish so I took the kids down to river beach and it was beautiful.  (pictured above)  The sand was so soft and white and we were the only ones there.  After we got Patrick and had dinner we tried another beach, seen below.  The kids had SO MUCH FUN feeding gulls.  UGH.  :)  Tybee is awesome in that it has quite a few wooden porch type swings set up along its' beaches.  I don't think I got a photo but it is so nice to sit and swing and watch the water/your crazy kids.

I will stop with pictures here for now.  We got home Sunday evening and Patrick and I had Monday to ourselves.  I did our taxes in the morning and then we went for a bike ride.  It was so nice.  Today it's back to Nick and I, our normal routine.  It's gloomy and I am thankful to be here with nowhere to go and my coffee.



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