On the morning of my 40th birthday, I really didn't want to get out of bed. I still don't want to be 40. I sat in bed for a long time and decided that I should be happy that I made it to 40 as some don't have that luxury. So with a positive spin on my birthday, I got out of the camper and was greeted with the smell of cinnamon buns cooked in a dutch oven. My family and friends were all milling around and that helped make my heart happy.
We went to the beach, then Botany Bay (an old plantation), had dinner at a roadside stand, followed by homemade key lime pie (also from a roadside stand), and finally a fun night by the campfire.
It turned out to be a wonderful, peaceful day. Maybe 40 won't be so bad......
Mike getting the cinnamon buns off the fire
So they were a little burnt. Seems that cooking in a dutch oven takes some practice.
Volia' The finished product
Just don't eat the bottom
The kids didn't mind
Myles and Emmett played a little chess
We took another bike train to the beach
You can see why the campground is called Live Oak
To the beach
Can you see the rainbow and three helicopters?
She was telling me that she was cooking "inchworm for dinner"
We went to Botany Bay, a plantation. The plantation house is no longer there but you could see a few old out buildings and ruins. It was a beautiful area
I love these photos that Amanda took. She is so talented
Grady and his crab.
Josh and Myles
Three peas in a pod
4 nutty kids
Melissa gave Em a ride
Mike found a turnip field on Botany Bay
After the plantation tour, we went to Flowers Seafood. It was a road side stand with the most fantastic seafood.
We brought it back to the campground
and the feast began
Josh in his happy place, eating crabs
Amanda ate seamed oysters. Yum
Emma and Oyster had some play time
All I asked for for my birthday was an umbrella in a drink. Melissa couldn't find any in the store so she made me one. It was better than any store bought umbrella! I love my friends
They bought homemade key lime pie from a roadside stand. It was phenomenal
After the kids had gone to bed, the grownups celebrated. They made me take a shot of tequila.
You can see I am out of practice
Melissa took one too
She handled it better than I did
shotgunning a beer
Our Christmas lights made Amanda look a bit like Jesus....maybe that was the tequila
A few days later, it was time to head home. What a fun vacation! We even managed some relaxing moments, which doesn't happen often on family trips.
It was Easter the day after we got back to Black Mountain. We usually don't celebrate Easter but the kids really wanted to dye some eggs. I'm always up for that!