Everyone's beach has been different. Mine is treading out where the waves aren't so rough. My oldest battles the waves, getting sloshed about and sent down the shore. My youngest flings sand like a surly sea turtle, and my husband makes sure everyone is coated in sunscreen, since I've proven myself incompetent.
While it's nice when our preferences converge, it's been neat seeing the kids navigate this vacation their own way.
We went to Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach, and the first encounter we had was at Friendship Flats, where the sting rays and small sharks cruise in calm loops. I was the only one successful in touching a shark. Son Two preferred to splash the water, while Son One gave up on the "waiting patiently" technique and tried to talk another kid out of his bait.
Then we were off to Planet Jellies. The hall of backlit tubes was eerie, and the jellyfish glowed as they floated. In the back, a small tank of moon jellies and a keeper awaited the adventurous, and we could carefully touch them on the top of their bells. As my oldest explained to the staffer why he was not going to reach into that tank, my youngest was poking gingerly at a rising jellyfish.
But the tables turned after we rode through the tunnel and came to the horseshoe crabs. My oldest had heard all about them, probably from Dinosaur Train. He dove in, but little brother found them a little too tough-looking.
In the spirit of letting things flow, I was only a little disappointed when my oldest decided against painting his face for Pirates Voyage. I got my makeup on, then went to wake up the baby. He looked so peaceful.
So he got painted. Mer-mommy and baby. He noticed my paint fairly quickly, grabbing my chin and jerking my head to see both sides. But he didn't find his, so it stayed on. Yay, the beach my way!
The Pirates Voyage show was fantastic, with puppetry and acrobatics and great staging. My youngest dug the seals, and we all thought that Davy Jones was pretty cool.
And creepy if your kids aren't used to that sort of thing. But mine are. The pirates didn't phase them- they live with me. Here's my oldest jumping into a boat with a strange pirate:
Almost home, and I'm excited to get back with my sack full of shells and my Pinterest "Summer" board!