A Water-ful Memorial Day Weekend

It will go down as the best Memorial Day weekend I have enjoyed in Myrtle Beach. Sidney, Sloan, and I spent our end-of-May holiday in/around water. We had a heavy dose of sun as well. After a Friday that included yard work and a run to the grocery store to pick up sweet, savory, and cold refreshments for the long weekend, we got out our swim suits and prepared for the next three days.

On Friday evening, we loaded up on snacks for the long weekend. Sloan rode in a police car shopping cart and received several stickers from the grocery clerk.

On Saturday, we headed to Myrtle Waves, the largest water park in the state of South Carolina. We met Sid’s parents and her sister’s family and preceded to cool ourselves off from the 95+ degree weather. Sloan loved the kiddie water slides, the large wading pool, and the lazy river. Sid went on some of the “big kid” attractions and I managed to make a quick escape to the beer garden with my father-in-law. The experience was enough for us to consider purchasing season passes. Later in the night, our same Myrtle Waves group met up again to grill out. We had burgers and hot dogs and watched baseball.

Even before we walked out the door, Sloan was ready to hit the water park on Saturday morning!

Sunday we transitioned from fresh water to salt water. After church in the morning, we headed to the beach. We packed a cooler and had a nice time admiring the Atlantic Ocean. Sidney read a magazine while Sloan and I dug in the sand and splashed in the water. After we finished on the coast, we snuck into (shhh don’t tell anyone) a resort pool to play around a little bit and lose some of the sand off our bodies. Later, we relaxed at the house and Sid cooked her delicious Cajun alfredo pasta. We capped the evening off by putting Sloan to bed and watching one of Kevin Hart’s latest films, “Night School.”

On Sunday, the three of us spent the day just with ourselves. We had a nice time at the beach.

Monday was a blast. We met up with Sloan’s friends (and our friends) and hit up the neighborhood pool. We had a good group of parents who work at CCU and kids who attend Oxford Children’s Academy. The fun started in the morning and lasted until the early afternoon. The pool session was highlighted by engaging conversation, Mr. Softee ice cream, and super informal swim lessons. The weekend ended perfectly when the three of us went next door for a cookout with our neighbors and friends; Matt, Ellen, and Riley. We brought hamburgers and hot dogs to go with the chicken, steak, and side dishes that our hosts already had prepared. After we ate and had a discussion about spooky topics, we sat in the living room and played a virtual reality group game. Sun tanned and tired from an epic weekend around the water and in the sun, we returned home and went to bed around 9:30 p.m.

Sloan and her best friend Jacqueline at our neighborhood pool.

It was the best mix. Not only did we enjoy diverse water activities over the weekend, but who we spent it with was also filled with variety. Saturday we spent with Sid’s family, Sunday we enjoyed the day just with ourselves, and Sunday we hung with friends. It was an active and social Memorial Day weekend and I would not have had it any different. Don’t Blink,

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