Last batch of Christmas photos, friends. In this first picture, Jackson’s excitement is all about getting a Green Bay Packers hat from his big brother.
Christmas Eve s’mores!
I would’ve loved a full moon photo on Christmas Day, but the fog was just too thick. Christmas Eve will have to do.
Our Smoky Mountain dog loved the beach.
Millers versus the Przyluckis in a bocce ball tourney – the North wins!
So the boys took to playing soccer. It was a draw.
The short walk back to the house for our final evening:
Cheers to 2016!
Are you tired of Hilton Head pictures yet? Because here’s another photo dump.
We went to Savannah on Christmas Eve to have lunch at The Pirates’ House and browse River Street shops. It’s a nostalgic city for the Treadways since my sister and I were born nearby.
Some of us shopped, some of us waited.
The original four:
Last batch here.
Here is a second batch of photos from our Christmas week in Hilton Head. The fog never lifted, but it didn’t deter our beach time.
The beach was dog-friendly, so Major wasn’t without his own playmates.
Next batch here.
For people who live on the coast, Christmas at the beach is no big deal. For mountain and city folk, it requires a shift in expectation. We decided to do Christmas differently this year, and while it was strange not to put up a tree or prepare a huge holiday feast, I got used to it quickly. I’m sold on it, actually. I’m looking to make a tradition out of non-traditional Christmas.
We arrived in Hilton Head on Monday and after settling into the AirBNB rental house we headed straight for the ocean. It was a two-block walk underneath Palmetto trees and Spanish moss.
The beach was scarcely populated, which gave Major plenty of room to run around. It was his first experience seaside and he loved every bit of it.
The boys took straight to playing. Despite the cooler temperatures, they dabbled in the ocean and built sanctuaries for sand crabs. We took long walks and rented bikes and spent a day in Savannah. We ate seafood and watched Harry Potter movies. We all slept in and stayed up late.
We exchanged smaller gifts on Christmas morning and spent the afternoon on the beach playing bocce ball and soaking up the last few hours we had together.
If I had the power, I would’ve lifted the fog in exchange for some sunshine, but other than that, I can’t think of what else I would change. I’ll post photos throughout the week as I get them edited.
Next batch here…
We took a minute and quickly went to Hilton Head.
If you know us in real life, then you know how crazy our schedule can be. When we have family time, it’s intentional. Most people wouldn’t consider 24 hours at the beach to be worthwhile, but we do.
They swam until sundown. Why not, right?
Whenever I’m at the beach, I get up at whatever time necessary to see the sunrise.
At that first peek of light, I stand still and watch the day officially begin.
Then the entire space glows orange and everything feels new.
Worth it every time.
This poor fella didn’t make it out alive.
One more snapshot before heading home…