pawleys island, south carolina


I'd say that I'm sorry about the sudden radio silence last week, but I'm really not! The boys and I were in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, soaking up some sun, sand, and sea with family. It was a fantastic time that was spent decompressing, connecting with family, and really enjoying the here and now. I was working from South Carolina, so the last thing I wanted to do was add another thing to my plate and force out a blog, as well. Plus, I think there's something to be said about being really intentional and just staying in the present, all of which we did.

You might remember that the boys and I went last year, as well, while Ryan was deployed. Sadly, Ryan missed our trip again this year since he's TDY right now, but we enjoyed being able to have the rest of the family there (minus Uncle Josh) at least for a little while. Last year, Porter was too little to really appreciate or enjoy our time there. This time, he was the happiest little boy in the land! We spent our days alternating between the pools (there are two), the hot tub, and the beach. Though I can't get in the ocean yet because of my knee, I was able to swim a little in the pool and hot tubs with my boys, and it was a blast.






We've been going to Pawleys Island since I was little - probably around three years old. We stopped when we all went to college, but we started up again last year, and I'm so glad we did. Things have changed a little around there - it's busier, the Piggly Wiggly is gone (sad face) and replaced with a Bi-Lo, and there are more visitors. At the same time though, so much of it is the same and familiar. It's still the opposite of Myrtle Beach. It has a down-home country vibe, and it has a heart of locals, which is so much better than the average tourist trap. We rent a condo each year at Shipyard Village at Litchfield by the Sea, and it's worth it by every stretch of the imagination.

I actually even managed to see a good friend from college while we were there! Lisa and I swam at the University of Utah together, and now she and her husband are stationed in South Carolina. She brought her three little boys (and her one on the way!), and they spent the day with us in the sun. It was too fun.





If you're ever in the area (and you totally should go), here are some things you need to check out:

Quigley's Pint & Plate - grab a burger and brew...you won't regret it
The Hammocks Shops - an eclectic mix of country decor and boutique clothing...great for a rainy day
Rustic Table - their cheesy grits and fried pickles are out of this world
The Local Grid - it's about an 8-mile drive from Pawleys Island, but the coffees are divine

Was flying with two boys solo the easiest? No. Was it worth it? Heck yes. I'm officially out of my knee brace (!!!), and we enjoyed the journey together, yet again. Here's the thing; these little trips are challenging, but I wouldn't trade them for the world. We see places, we meet people, we experience things, and we grow together. This trip back to South Carolina was so. damn. worth it.

I'm linking up today with B Loved Boston for Weekending.

10 comments

  1. What a beautiful place! It looks like you had a great time!

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  2. How fun! You are so right, soaking up sweet family time and sunshine takes precedence over anything else! So glad you’re out of your knee brace! I am dubbing you super mom!! xo

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  3. Looks like a fabulous beach vacation! How neat that your family has been going there for so many years. My family is the same way with San Diego except that we've missed the past few years since my kids were born - I can't wait to start up that tradition again. How fun that you could meet up with your friend and her boys - Look at all those boys! So fun. :-)

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  4. My friend just moved there from Boston and loves it!! Looks like such a great time and worth the trip to get everyone there! xo,Biana-BlovedBoston

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  5. I'm glad you guys had a great time!!

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  6. Looks like a perfect vacation! The beach is my happy place but I've never been to South Carolina. It looks lovely! Hope you are feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the week.

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  7. That looks like a fantastic getaway. I have never been to Pawley's Island, South Carolina. I love quaint little coastal towns so it looks like I'd love it there. :)

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  8. What a great time! I absolutely love South Carolina. I am so excited to live on the east coast again.

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  9. What a fun trip!! And yay for being out of your knee brace! I bet it felt so good to have it off!!!

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  10. I am sooo scared to fly with my girls alone. You are sooo brave. So glad you had a great time.

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