Adventures in the Airstream: Fourth of July 2014 at Myrtle Beach State Park

What’s this?? I’m blogging a family event in the same month in which it occurred?? No Way! Doesn’t happen often. We spent the July Fourth weekend at Myrtle Beach State Park this year. Several years ago our family beach week was over the 4th and I swore I would never go to the beach at that time again because the crowds were INSANE. But at our family beach week last year {in August} we were sitting around the kitchen table with Andrew and Erin and they suggested that we try camping over the 4th next year. We booked it and I started praying that we wouldn’t be miserably crowded. In the HEART of Myrtle Beach. On July Fourth. Are you all laughing with me now? Honestly, though, it wasn’t bad at all. We arrived and saw a sign on the camp store door that instructed us to stay put over the next few days unless we desperately needed to leave the park. Expected wait times to return were THREE hours. That was all we needed to hear to park our fannies right there in the state park and not move for three days. We had our food already, and if we got desperate there was a bike path that led straight from the State Park to the Food Lion. We were in this little bubble all weekend long, and inside our bubble there were no crowds. But step fifteen feet outside of the bubble and Watch Out! It was crazy out there, y’all!

Matching suits and shades for the big girls. Love.


Just look at those little legs!! And those pigtails peeking out of her sunhat. I love this baby!!


We had a front row seat to an Awesome Air Show.


The girls spent the entire day building various princess sandcastles. Praise the Lord for a daughter that doesn’t feel the need to always be in the ocean. Can’t get Mak out of the ocean. I always claim Clara Beth as my kid to watch at the beach. =)


Mak and Andrew…highly experienced in the art of {kid} net fishing. Their skill would astound you.

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We picnicked on the beach for lunch and stayed out there until the sun became too much. Then it was back to the campground to read, ride bikes, rest, and grill out for supper.


Her new thing is a one handed cartwheel. Seriously, she doesn’t stop. Ever.


My little American girl!


I know I say it every time I blog a camping trip, but really, I could live here.


Off to the beach to watch some fireworks. Or so we thought.

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Love this of CB and Erin!

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This little chick was Ca-Ray-Zee. I have never seen her like this. Pictures could not convey the crazy that was bubbling up out of this child on this night. She was hilarious to watch.


Adding a little patriotic touch to their princess castles from earlier in the day.

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Poor Izzy! Sweet pup is not a fan of the fireworks that were popping around us.


My little guy! Oh, I love this boy. He’s growing up so fast. I kind of feel sorry for him on camping trips because he’s in a weird spot. He’s still a kid, but the only kids to play with are girls. And he likes to feel like a grown up and hang out with us, but only for so long. I have to give him credit, though, he makes a friend at every campground we go to. I’m so thankful for his personality! Still, I wish someone with a boy could start camping with us. Ahem. {ReevesAndRebeccaNeedACamper}

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The sky that night was Incredible! We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful South Carolina summer night.


Loved watching him work on this. And loved that Collin was there with the wide angle lens to capture it. =)

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And then the fireworks…kind of a bummer. We were too far away for a really great show. Oh Well.


On the evening of the 5th we headed out to do a little mini beach session of Mak and CB and Andrew and Erin and the girls. I loved this area!

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04042_00038FB 04042_00039FBIt was a great little mini vacation and I think it will become a new tradition for us. Can’t wait for next year!

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