Why is it that vacation always passes by so quickly, when all the weeks leading up to it seem to crawl by? I can’t believe its day four (I also can’t believe that we had to buy more juice for our data plan, as I have nearly exceeded it in just a few days.)

Today we decided to take a break from the beach and headed to Brookgreen Gardens. When we bought our tickets we were given a weeklong pass which seemed a bit much – but now I get it – this park was huge – it would clearly take several days to make your way around all the grounds.

To optimize our time (JJ will tell me that sounds like IBM-speak) with what we thought would be most entertaining for the kids, we took the shuttle to the zoo and butterfly hut. The kids really enjoyed the animals, they were a bit different from what is traditionally at a zoo – a lot of birds, some otters, bald head eagles, owls, and more. Hands down the funniest best part of the day had to be when we were in the bird reserve, there were birds/ducks everywhere. Cailee was mesmerized. Just as we were getting ready to leave the area, Cailee exclaimed – “I just got rained on.” We quickly realized it was not rain, but we stifled our laughter as we cleaned the bird poop from her arm, fortunately, she still doesn’t realize it was anything but a raindrop.

The second best part of the day was finding the Starbucks coffee, as I said, JJ took to facebook to ask a friend who lived in the area, who asked another friend and low and behold there is a Starbucks right down the road, Pawley’s Island had redeemed itself – I felt like a new person after I got my Chai tea (sad, isn’t it?). We got some good seafood for dinner (where I totally fell out of my chair – another funny story) and capped the day with a walk on the beach to, you guessed it, collect seashells and build sand castles.

You’ll notice that my pictures today are mostly of Cailee. I realized that, so far, lot of my photos have been of Connor, mostly because he poses better than Cailee – but today I made it all about Cailee. But I think it got obvious that I was stalking her as she started directing my pictures to take the emphasis off of her. She would tell me when to take a picture and who to send it to. Funny how kids just think that you should take a picture and send it to someone – she’s got my MO.

We don’t have a high chair for Connor and our attachment high chair doesn’t work at the table so we have to make do with Connor. He’s doing it the old fashioned way – sitting on phone books – and he’s still just a little short.

Audrey likes to rub on people’s ears. This photo was fuzzy but too cute to pass up – here she is rubbing Connor’s ear.

Here she is rubbing JJ’s ear with her toes. Cute – eh?