Saturday, October 24, 2009

Isle of Palms= Isle of Heaven

In September, Scott’s parents generously took us, along with Scott’s brother Brent, his wife Jenn, and their baby Story, on a week long trip to Isle of Palms, South Carolina. We were in search of a get away that provided a slightly warmer place than home, a place where we could hang out and make fun family memories, and perhaps most importantly, a place that was family friendly. We found it all in Isle of Palms.

The Duncans rented an absolutely beautiful and extremely spacious home just a block from the beach. It was so well decorated and stocked with anything you could have ever needed from home (and more!). There was a pool in the backyard, bikes to ride, toys to play with… you name it! It was comfortable luxury at its finest! (Perhaps I should write a review of this place online, huh?) We spent our days playing in the waves, digging in the sand, jumping in the pool, taking runs and walks, lounging around the house, and just enjoying each other’s company. Us girls even ventured into Charleston one day and did a bit of shopping at a few of Charleston’s outdoor markets. Probably my favorite part of the trip was watching my boys interact with their cousin, Story. They loved playing with her, and she loved watching those rambunctious boys play. All in all, Isle of Palms turned out to be just the perfect place for this growing family!

Here’s the proof:

We took some time for family photos at a marina-side restaurant we went to one night.

Brent, Jenn and Story
Gigi, Papa, and their grandkids.

I missed the best part of this moment, but caught the end. Tyler and Story were sharing a snuggling moment. So sweet!

With the pool right out back, we spent quite a bit of time out there and had a blast!

The boys (little AND big) came up with all sort of games to play in the pool, but the favorites seemed to be jumping over or into things as you jumped into the pool. It was quite entertaining! Check out Tyler's face in this first one.
Brent, of course, had to join in.
Carter made it in the noodle circle!

Then started the game of jumping into Tyler's floaty ring.

We got quite a chuckle watching the big boys try to get out of that ring!

Tyler enjoying the pool!

My little surfer dude.

My boys were pretty much wet all weekend, between the pool and the beach.

My thumb sucker.

The house even had a backyard for the kids to play in. Perfect, I'm telling you.

And I couldn't leave the week without a little photo session of my precious niece, Story. Such a sweet girl!

Stay tuned for Isle of Palms, Part 2, for beach photos. I took over 489 pictures this week, so it's really hard to choose just a few!

P.S. Do any of you other bloggers know why some of my pictures are blurry on the blog but not in my iPhoto on my computer? Help would be greatly appreciated!


  1. I'm so glad that you loved IOP, I knew you would!! Isn't it an amazing place!?!

  2. We love it there, too! So happy you enjoyed time with your family, Kristen. Your pictures are amazing, as always. You're so talented...and it doesn't hurt to have darling subjects. ha! What a dream vacation. Welcome home!!