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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:56 am 
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So we did hang out around this great house for the evening. The next day, the older kids decided to hang out at the beach in search for the elusive... tan. I did make my, what I like to call, "whale-ish" appearance at the pool while our youngest and my Honey Love Sugar Babe went in search of the elusive... tatoo artist. That's right, my 19 yr old (my much loved rebel child) wants to get his first tatoo while here this year. We did a lot of research and looked at a lot of portfolios before he made the call and set up a consultation for this week. (hey, I figure if he's going to do it, I might as well make sure he does it safely and does it well). So, in the meantime, a daughter of a co-worker is here and want to "hang out" with him for a few hours, so while out, they go and pick her up to come here to the house for the pool and beach. More about my sons later...
Fearful that I may burn my first day out, I decide to go in and get cleaned up and enjoy the peace and quiet for a little while curled up with a book. Everyone sort of descended on the house at one time for lunch, so afterwards, my HLSB and I go out for a drive and to pick up that &^$%@# sheet pans somewhere. How were we to know they were part of the endangered species list?!? Who knew that trying to find disposable sheet pans would be such a chore? But, never let it be said that we are quitters, so we gave it a valiant effort but alas, to no avail.
We were also looking for some seafood to cook at the house, so we put the cell phone GPS in gear and rode around what seemed like several countries... :???: looking for Harrelson's Seafood Market. Our first location took us to a medical center on 17, and while it was a lovely spot, there was no seafood market to be found there. So, we tried putting in the address again and it took us on another drive to a spot where there were several businesses in several buildings, but again, no seafood market. We finally decided to call them and get directions. Well, here's the problem... if you don't know where you are and they aren't familiar with landmarks like "we're on 17 at 28th in front of a **** gas station across from a **** store", then the ultimate decision is, "you can't get here from there", - or - "I don't know where you are so I can't tell you how to get here". He was most supportive in our decision to abort GPS however, saying that "it takes you to one of two places and neither of them is us". I can only assume this person has allowed the smell of seafood to permeate his upper "brainial" area... and I'll leave it at that. Let's just say, we gave up and went home for TACO night which did not involve seafood of any type.
HLSB and I were still wanting to make it to the seafood market, we ventured out once again to find them, in the pouring rain. After driving around a while, we called and got another person on the phone who said, turn around, go to 17 and turn at the dunk'n donuts. So we did and realized we already at the corner with the dunk'n donuts so we called again and finally spoke to someone who knew where he worked, followed his instructions and arrived at our destination. Purchased $200 in seafood (okay, it sounds like a lot but we had to make it worth all the driving around for 2 days, one in the pouring rain)
Yesterday we anticipated scattered showers as several weather sites predicted, so we decided to all pile up in our Pilot and do some shopping and then a late lunch. So, in the pouring rain, we rode out toward Barefoot Landing. Got there and in the not quite pouring rain, started walking along (and no, we didn't pack umbrellas because that would be like saying you expected rain, sort of like buying cough syrup before you're sick is saying you're expecting to get sick - I'm just say'n....)
Did some shopping at Barefoot Landing (my youngest purchased a Hooka at one of the shops and about 20 minutes later realized I was NOT happy about it, so the brothers tried to take it back. According to the store person, they don't accept returns, only exchanges although there was NOTHING posted in that particular store and it was NOT on his receipt. Choosing to avoid the stress of the hassle of going in there and acting like a mother on steroids, I opted to take the road less traveled (by me) and we continued on shopping in the pouring rain.
After a couple of hours in the pouring rain, we decided to go back to the car and proceed to lunch. So we walked across the long bridge back to our car in the pouring rain. We were so wet, the inside of the car windows fogged up from the humidity. On to El Burro Loco, one of our all time favorite spots here, in the pouring rain.
We had a wonderful dinner (we missed lunch by 3 minutes) and after getting our fill of warm chips and salsa, chimichangas, and lemon water (we were watching our calories) we decided to go to some indoor flea markets since is was still raining. So we all ran to the Pilot in the pouring rain and proceeded to find one of the indoor flea markets.
Okay, so we're on vacation time... how were we to know that flea markets aren't on vacation time in a vacation resort? They all closed at 5 and it was 5:14 when we pulled up at the first one. So we thought we'd make our first appearance at a pawn shop since none of us had ever been in one. GPS in hand, we listened to my HLSB instead of the GPS and drove (in the pouring rain) for what seemed like hours and I'm certain we drove through several countries and possibly across at least one border... in the pouring rain. Finally decided to consult the specialist and let the GPS lady tell us how to get where we were going.
After walking around in a couple of pawn shops, we decided to go back to the house, in the pouring rain. Got a couple of blocks from the turn off to our house, when all of a sudden we saw the light. All of us. The impact and force of it was so powerful, our will will was voided and we were drawn to it like a bug to headlights. That pink neon light. That's right, "Hot Donuts". So we all went in, picked out our favorites, probably had that particular KK calling in backup to prepare more donuts, and left with boxes in hand, headed back to the house - yes, in the pouring rain.
Now, back at home, "scattered showers" means you might wonder through a little rain periodically. That's all I'm saying!
Dinner consisted of donuts, milk, leftover hot wings, and more... We were just too water logged to prepare anything else.

Stayed around and watched a movie, read my book, youngest smoked melon tobacco in his Hooka and off to bed.
Depending on the weather tomorrow - who knows?

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 Post subject: Re: Vacation continues
PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:47 am 
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"Got a couple of blocks from the turn off to our house, when all of a sudden we saw the light. All of us. The impact and force of it was so powerful, our will will was voided and we were drawn to it like a bug to headlights. That pink neon light. That's right, "Hot Donuts".

I can so relate! A rainy day at the beach and a hot donut...life is still good!

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 Post subject: Re: Vacation continues
PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 1:03 pm 
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Enjoying your report. Reading about all the rain brought back memories of our week in July. We didn't let it slow us down though. Enjoy!

Does anyone else have GPS problems in Myrtle Beach? I have heard before that you cam get on some wild goose chases in the area. My brother in law used his a couple of times this past July and he was never in the right place. I finally convinced him that he just need to listen to Doug and I. For some reason that was hard for him to do :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Vacation continues
PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 6:48 am 
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Thanks so much for taking the time to write a trip report. As you already know, everyone looks forward to reading them.

So sorry about all the rain, and I'm sure it contributed to getting lost at times. However, you seem to be having a good time in spite of it.

I had to laugh at the Krispy Kreme light! At first I thought you might be talking about those UFO lights people have mentioned, but this turned out to be a much better light!

Looking forward to more.....hope the weather will clear for you!

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 Post subject: Re: Vacation continues
PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 11:20 am 
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I really need a "how to post guide for dummies", because I thought I was posting a new topic on my first post, but no - I had to post a separate one... sorry! :oops:
So, got up yesterday to cloudy skies, decided to venture out to flea markets, Broadway on the Beach, etc. No rain, just cloudy. Got lobster claws at Costco to go with the snow crab legs we planned to feast on tonight. Went to MB Flea market, kind of like an indoor yard sale. Enjoyed looking and browsing.
Went to Hudsons Flea Market (love that one), but some of the booths were closing, so we'll venture back on Friday post tattoo.
On to a Smoke Shop for more Hooka tobacco and supplies and then on to Tanger Outlet Mall, where we had a quick lunch and shopped. HLSB and I spent our time in kitchen stores while the kids went to clothing stores. We left with 2 huge bags of goodies and the kids with lots of shirts. (don't ask me...)
Then decided to go to another pawn shop, shopping for hybrid fleas, where my HLSB decided to tell me we were buying new wedding rings... I'm speechless. No, really, speechless. My HLSB has never been overly romantic, but he works long hours to provide for us, takes the trash out without being asked to, loads or unloads the dishwasher, loves to cook, and does his own laundry, not to mention being an amazing dad and husband. In my book, I'm a blessed woman.
27 years ago, he proposed in a car outside our church, listing my faults (which seemed to go on so long, I'm sure he must have listed some more than once) and then saying, but I love you anyway, will you marry me. After a yes, I told him to forego the diamond in lieu of our building a house, and thus it begins. As I mentioned elsewhere, we honeymooned in MB, so he thought it would be cool to buy new rings here, and since we're both very practical and I'm a "keep it simple' sort of girl, he thought he's surprise me. Well, let me also tell you that 22 years ago, pregnant with my first son, I had to have my wedding band cut off my hand prior to knowing I was pregnant, while shopping with my hands so swollen it was cutting into blood.
Being a "big girl" with my daddy's hands, several years later, I was told I couldn't get a ring in my size so I just gave up on it. But my HLSB had talked to one of the ladies in the previous pawn shops and found out differently.
So, he chooses a plain gold band, he wanted me to get something a little more "ornate" and the young lady assisting me was convinced we could find "the one that made me say 'wow'". Well, after working with me for over an hour we found "the one" that could be sized to fit me and looked great on my huge fat finger. We're picking it up today and I'm so excited.
Maybe to some of you this really sounds like a redneck adventure, but my HLSB learned a long time ago that things are just things and what is in our heart is worth more than anything money can buy or where it is bought. We've had some hard times in the past 27 years, missed a few vacations in order to pay bills, stayed in the cheapest place to be able to have a vacation... and none of it matters as much as the memories we made with our kids and each other. We've spent a lot of time this week, all of us sharing memories of past vacations and that has made this one so special.
We rode by a pancake house our 2nd day here, and my oldest remembered his dad witnessing to a drunk that literally stumbled in one night while we were there. He didn't remember what we ate, just that his dad went over to that man and told him about his relationship with God and that we loved him. When my son asked his dad why he had done that when the guy was drunk, he dad said, "his spirit heard". I was so touched by that memory, and what we went through that year to get them here that week... it was all so worth it.
So, my amazing day with my amazing family ended with a wonderful seafood dinner at home of steamed crab legs, lobster claws, spiced shrimp, potatoes and corn. We stayed up late and watched tv, they smoked some Hooka, and we all went to bed tired and I went to bed a blessed woman in awe of how much I love my family and how much they love me.
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 Post subject: Re: Vacation continues
PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:05 pm 
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Congratulations on your new ring! What an exciting way to celebrate this vacation! :nanner:

Be sure to get to the flea markets early. The vendors start leaving around 3 and they usually start shutting down by 4, if not before. At least if is not raining (at least not at our house) so I hope you will be able to put in some beach time today, even though it's cloudy!

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 Post subject: Re: Vacation continues
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Now that is just one of the sweetest stories I've heard in a looooong time! :love1: Thank you for sharing it with us! :hello:

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I have enjoyed tagging along on your family holiday but particularly loved the ring story. How heartwarming is that. Thanks for sharing.

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 Post subject: Re: Vacation continues
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That was a truly touching story. Thank you for sharing it with us...

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 Post subject: Re: Vacation continues
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How sweet...thank you for sharing. I plan to share it with my husband :lol:

I am getting a kick out of your son and his hooka.

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 Post subject: Re: Vacation continues
PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 6:43 am 
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Well, yesterday was cloudy but the "youngins" went to the beach while us old folks went out shopping (after a breakfast of biscuits and sausage gravy - again. I told you it was a family favorite) I called the jeweler as directed by the amazing Kelley the night before, to plead and beg to see if he could finish my ring today before leaving on HIS vacation, which would mean their having to ship it to me, or we take it with us and have the sizing done at home. What a GREAT guy! I know he was crushed with jobs for the day, and yet he said he would have my ring done by 5pm before he left. Of course, I thanked him profusely!
HLSB and I drove to the Corning/Corelle outlet at Tanger Outlet Mall to pick up a couple of dishes after looking for a post office and having to back track because we didn't use GPS (again). Went in the Thompson's... uh.... something, it was like an emporium sort of, but fun to look around.
By the time we were done it was almost 4pm (so much for tanning today) and HLSB decided to call the jeweler to see if my ring was ready. Amazingly, Chad said he was just finishing it up and we could come on by. When we got there, he was giving it a last cleaning and brought it out to me himself rather then send it out with another sales lady.
It was amazingly gorgeous! I couldn't believe how beautiful it was. The fit was perfect and he had obviously done a little work on the settings because their alignments were perfect. It looked brand new! Perfect. My precious husband told me how beautiful it was as it was being placed on my finger and I felt like young girl getting engaged all over again. This ring was indeed the one that made me say "wow", in fact it made me say "WOW!!!" several times. :love1: Knowing how pushed Chad was I immediately told him he was my hero today and tried to release him back to his work, but he stayed and talked to us for a while because he was concerned that a jeweler would tell me I couldn't get a ring to fit me, no matter how large my hands were (are). He even told me that when we came back to MB, I could give him a call and arrange a meeting early in the week and he could have a ring made by the time we were ready to leave. Both Kelley and Chad made a huge effort to make us happy and gave us the very best customer service we could ask for, and in fact the best we have received from anywhere here at the beach so far.
So, a quick call to the kids, only to find they had returned to the house a couple of hours earlier from the beach because the water was too calm and "boring". They had already had lunch so we headed back to kill some time before we took us all out to dinner.
Why is it that it takes 5 adults so daggone long to decided on where to eat? We finally ventured out looking for a steak house around 8:30 and ended up at Logan's. It was good, as a steak house goes and our server did a great job. The rolls were great, and I think we all were just happy with a "meat and taters" meal.
Back to the house to watch a movie my daughter-n-law had purchased and some down time. Sons smoke some melon hooka, I made some "adult" smoothies, and yes, I looked at my ring over and over. (and over) It is the prettiest piece of jewelry I've ever had.
What a day!
Tomorrow is "tat" day for my youngest, so I'm heading out to the pool for some tanning while they are gone in the morning, then onto El Burro Loco, and who knows. Even though we have to pack to head out Saturday, we like to stay a while on the last day so it doesn't feel like we lost another day of vacation just traveling.
More to come... will try to get some pics out here, but honestly, none of us brought cameras, choosing instead to bring our cell phones, and I always leave mine in the car.

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 Post subject: Re: Vacation continues
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myfamilysfirst wrote:
stayed in the cheapest place to be able to have a vacation... and none of it matters as much as the memories we made with our kids and each other. We've spent a lot of time this week, all of us sharing memories of past vacations and that has made this one so special.

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The wife and I had a discussion about this very thing while driving down Ocean blvd this year. We have been fortunate enough to tag along on the parents timeshare for the last few years, so room expense is not a big issue with us right now. We kind of reminisced about some of the great times our family has shared on the MB vacations, and made a promise no matter how bad things got, that we would try to get up enough money to at least spend a few days at the beach. We also discussed how we wished that some of our other family members would try to take their kids on a vacation while they are still young. We have close family that have kids that are around eight years old and they have never been on a vacation, yet they can get thousands back in tax returns and blow it on junk. It really wouldn't take a whole lot of money to stay at a decent place 2nd row and eat some meals in the room. Vacations offer a lifetime of memories and I just don't buy into the excuse that they can never come up with the money to do it.


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Believe me, I know! We stayed at the "family resort" one year for a week, 2 double beds, small kitchen all in one room, pool with no heat and it was so cold that it gave us all leg and feet cramps! Had several yard sales to get rid of outgrown clothes and toys to earn the money for the room. We ate breakfast and dinner in the room and went out to C'C's, The Filling Station, and any other cheap buffet, dollar menus, etc., to fill up for lunch. Even drove down in our pickup with the pull out seats in the back for the kids. But we made some great memories that year. And in the scheme of things, the room was just a small part of the big picture. The big picture was amazing!

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My heart is so full of thanksgiving to the Lord! What a wonderful week He has given us here at MB! I tear up as I write this because I am so blessed in so many ways.
We started the day out with my hubby, (otherwise known as my Honey Love Sugar Babe) and our younger son going to get his "first of many" tattoo. The consultation was to be at 11, so we figured he'd be done around 1pm-ish. NOT! The artist was so intent on getting it exactly the way my son wanted it, he didn't begin the tattoo until about 12:45pm. According to my HLSB, he worked up a drawing, then he and my son went to the internet and started looking at pics and they built my son's design from there. As I said before, I'm not a fan, but I do admire the art involved, and my hubby said the artist explained some of the graphic design to him regarding precise measurements etc., so there really is a lot more involved when you are talking angles and visual direction and such. So his intention was to make it (a cross with pointed ends and "Mom" and "Pop" intersecting in the middle) look like it was being held at an angle on his arm, so the portion toward the back of his arm was widened and elongated and made to look 3 dimensional. They were finally finished around 2:15.
The most important thing... it was a great experience for my son and he is more than pleased and as I mentioned, it is "the first of many". (God help me) By the way, the establishment was super clean, the staff very accommodating, so a big shout out to Elite Ink for making this the highlight of my son's vacation!!!! If you're interested in looking at some of their work, check out their facebook page. It really is amazing.
So my oldest and his adorable wife, whom we are blessed to call our daughter, and I hung out at the pool in lieu of the beach while waiting for the "all clear and meet us at El Burro Loco" phone call. Got a little sun, lounged in the pool, got a little sun, lounged in the pool, and so on. There was a nice breeze and it was a great way to spend the morning.
On to El Burro Loco and we actually made it for their lunch menu this time. Love the place. The waitress was great, the warm chips and salsa is great and our lunch for 5 was bare over $50 and we were all stuffed!
On to Broadway at the Beach for a little shopping, HLSB and I left the kids after a while and went to the local CVS to get the tatoo supplies for our 19 yr old tatted son... who knew there was a specific soap and cream you had to have?.. anyway, we got the supplies for him while they hung out and had fun together.
We all ended back at the house for a little while and then the oldest came in with the announcement... it's our last opportunity, so put your flip flops on and lets all go to the beach for bocci ball. Of course, we went and had so much fun. I must admit all that walking back and forth wore me out, but it was worth it for a new tradition added to our vacations.
Let me insert this- being overweight in addition to having some breathing problems was an obstacle, but one that I faced head on as much as possible. The humidity at times made me feel like I was trying to breathe through a very thick pillow, and the walking was tough, but this old Southern Girl is tougher! :boxing: The first time we walked to the beach, I had to stop 3 times. Yesterday, no stops. I've done a lot of walking this week and I'm excited that I can go home to out elliptical machine and continue to exercise along with my new weight watcher's membership that I enlisted a couple of weeks prior to vacation but didn't want to start until we got back, for obvious reasons. :oops:
Came back to finish the day with a fabulous meal of steamed crab legs, lobster claws, corn on the cob and potatoes. A couple of hours later, I made a chocolate cobbler, which we devoured with vanilla ice cream. Another one of my kid's favorites. :tongue3: The funny thing is, while I was in the kitchen cleaning, packing, and cooking, the rest of my crew was in the family room watching tv with their eyes closed and their mouths open... fast asleep! :dontknow:
A little more packing, and we all went to bed exhausted and ready to get up early, pack the SUVs and start our last day here. Our tradition has always been to turn in the key, and then do some stuff so we didn't feel like we lost a day of vacation, so today we will go to Hudson's Flea Market, Barefoot Landing, and play a game of putt putt - another family tradition for the last day in MB. :sunny:
I'll post the day's follow up tomorrow, for now I'm packing the laptop, looking forward to another amazing day here with my beloved family, and praying for better travel than we had getting here. :lol:

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Im loving this report.


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