I'm back from three weeks of vacation!
I spent two weeks in South Carolina. I've been going there with my family since 1990, making this the 25th anniversary of my first visit to Myrtle Beach. 25 years! Amazing. We used to travel there with my grandparents, and since my grandfather's passing ten years ago I appreciate the memories we made on those vacations there so much. This time around, I really missed him and remembered so many of the good times we had together there. We visited an arcade that we used to go to as little kids, a place I hadn't been back to in many years (since we haven't stayed in a hotel in that area in awhile). The place hadn't changed AT ALL. I was a little overwhelmed with how much I missed my Poppa in that moment and with how fast the years have passed by.
I had traveled down South with my mom and youngest brother so we could have a full two weeks vacation. This also gave my youngest brother and I time to bond, as we haven't spent as much time together lately as we used to. The first Thursday of the trip, Quin flew down to spend a week there with us which was extra fun for me (and hard on my wallet, but the outlet shopping was SO GOOD!). Saturday, Mr. Lock, my dad, and my middle brother drove in to join us for the second week of the trip. We had amazing, super hot weather. I loved being on the beach in the sunshine. The ocean was 85 degrees Fahrenheit! We went to some great restaurants, great shops, and I highly enjoyed playing four games of mini-putt! The mini-putt courses in Myrtle Beach are so much fun.
We drove home after two great weeks in one of my favourite places in the world, and then Mr. Lock and I were off to the cottage his family rents each year for the next week. It was very relaxing up at the cottage, cooler than South Carolina for sure, haha. It was refreshing to swim in the cold lake, and I was able to read books on the dock, and just breathe in the fresh air and relax. Gryphon seemed to enjoy the lake. He LOVES the water! He is a little nervous to swim when we have him in the deeper water, but he will go in to the shallow part of the lake quite willingly and loves finding a shallow spot to lay right down in the water and cool off.
So, I had a wonderful three weeks. What a pleasure to have the summer off to be able to freely enjoy traveling when the opportunity comes up. I can't believe I have another three weeks ahead of me before I'll be heading back to school. It feels good, very refreshing after a hectic and somewhat stressful school year (kindergarten is a joy, but is also VERY difficult and tiring!). I think I will be a better teacher in September after having this time to unwind and recharge.