Live From the East Coast.

The plan was to hit the road this morning at 6am, but after staying up until 2am blogging, cleaning, and packing, 6:30am was the best I could do.  We hit the road around 7:30, and I kind of felt like I was still in a sleep coma.  Don’t I look like I’m driving in a light tunnel?

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I think the coffee had worn off by now.  I’m also realizing that I need to drastically improve my driving posture – look how slumped I am!

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Just four short and easy hours through South Carolina…

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Passing through towns called things like Coosawhatchie…

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I was so rushed to get to the beach that I did the unthinkable and skipped breakfast.  So by 11am I was starving and we busted into our little packed cooler.  What better than leftover raw raviolis for car snacks, right? 

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So delicious and creative.  :)

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Before we knew it, we had reached our destination!  Hilton Head Island – the place I spent many many magical summers with my family, and one of my favorite childhood memory spots. 

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We got to the house and were greeted by lots of open arms and smiling family!  After hugs and hellos, we headed straight to the beach so that we could relax all day telling stories and catching up.  Some of Casey’s cousins are here that we haven’t seen since our wedding last May!  Meet Madison – the adorable 8 year old.  :)

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And you guys already know this beach stud.

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It was SO HOT on the beach today!  Much much hotter than what we experienced in Topsail just a month ago.  I also forgot how much more crowded Hilton Head is – so many people!  It was gorgeous and sunny and perfect. 

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Even though I applied sunscreen multiple times, I could tell I was frying out there the entire time. 

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Aunt Toby and the wonderful Haley.  There is nothing I love more in life than being with family.  Now that we live far away in Charlotte, we don’t even really feel compelled to go on vacations anymore to exotic places.  We take every opportunity to travel to see our friends and family – vacations are for visiting

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We stayed at the beach until 5pm or so, and then headed back to shower and get ready for dinner.  My shower confirmed my fear that I am a roasted and toasted tomato.  I am FRIED – I can’t believe how hot the sun is here.  I will be much more careful tomorrow!

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Haley and Kristin cooking up fajitas in the kitchen!

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You know what else is so fun about this trip?  THERE IS A BABY!  I never get to be around babies because all the people that I know who have them live far away.  This is Jackson, Madison’s little brother, and he is adoooooooooorable.  I want to steal him. 

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You can expect to see a lot of pictures of this little fella over the next few days – I am in love!

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The rest of the night we’ve been hanging out at the house just being lazy, talking, and enjoying the relaxation.  Madison has some fun crazy-shaped rubber bands called “silly bands” and she gave me an apple – how appropriate! 

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I am so glad we were able to rearrange a few other summer trips so that we could make it down here for a few days.  I’m planning to get up early tomorrow for a 7 mile barefoot beach run – I’m excited!

Should be another long one in the sun and sand.  Back tomorrow with more pictures from paradise.  :)