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.