Charleston Vacation – Part One

I am still struggling to get back into our normal routine after our week vacation in Charleston and Isle of Palms. We had the most amazing week with family and it was probably one of the best, if not the best, vacations I have ever taken.

My parents plan a vacation with our entire family every summer, and as our family continues to grow, it probably gets more challenging for them, but it gets more fun for all of us. With my parents, me, my three sisters, and our husbands/fiance, and kids, we are now a family of sixteen! So, my parents found the most amazing six bedroom house on the Isle of Palms for all sixteen of us to stay in.

The Isle of Palms is about an eight hour drive from where we live, so my husband and I decided to make the drive up the night before so our girls could sleep in the car. We’ve had positive and negative experiences with driving through the night, so we weren’t totally sure what to expect, but it was perfect. We left around 8pm (about an hour after their usual bed time), and they were both asleep about an hour later and slept the entire way. We arrived in Charleston around 4am and we couldn’t check into our house until 4pm, so we had booked a hotel for that night and the girls actually fell back asleep for a few hours, giving my husband and I a chance to take a quick nap before our vacation truly began.

Once it was 4pm, we were waiting at the door and so excited to check out the beautiful house we would be staying in for the week.


The house was located directly across the street from the beach, with a beach path just one house down. The owners provided a wagon, chairs, umbrella, towels, and almost everything we could have needed, so we loaded up the wagon, threw the girls in, and took them to the beach almost every single day.

The girls’ bathing suits – here/ My bathing suit and shorts – here and here


The beach at Isle of Palms is completely different than the beaches in Florida. The sand is a lot more compact, making it easier to walk on, the water stays shallow for almost as far as you can see, and if you dig deep enough, you can create little tide pools in the sand that were so much fun for the girls to play in.

My bathing suit – here, similar here and here/ Girls’ bathing suits – here


It was so much fun watching the girls play with their cousins on the beach. They both didn’t want to leave the ocean, and when their little lips turned blue and we dragged them out they would cry and scream and kick to try and get us to let them stay.

Girls’ bathing suits – here/ Swan Float – here



I know they are both too young to create lasting memories, but they absolutely love the beach, and it was so fun to see the excitement on their faces every single time we walked across the street and down the sand to the ocean. They got to sit in a sand race car, built by my dad just like he used to do when we were kids, they played in the waves, built sandcastles, looked for fishies, and had an absolute blast.

Girls’ bathing suits – here and here

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