Thursday, June 30, 2011

Pirates, Horses and Fireworks all in the same day!!

Since last summer the boys have been talking about the pirate ship we went on in South Padre Island. So when we decided to go to Hilton Head this year, I knew I had to find a pirate ship for us to ride. As luck would have it, I found Pirates of Hilton Head!!! This year the boys wanted to dress up as pirates and so they did. Before we boarded the ship, Holden and Rylan had their faces painted, tattoos placed on their arms, and swords placed in their hands, just like real pirates! This pirate ship was a little different from the one in South Padre but just as much fun! I do believe the highlight was shooting Stinky Pete on his boat with the water canons! After defeating Stinky Pete our pirates were able to get the treasure map and find the treasure in the middle of the ocean! A pirates delight!

Once we finished sailing on the Black Dagger and veiwing the lighthouse, we drove over to the Lawton Stables for a little pony ride. Rylan loves horses and we could not pass up the opportunity for him to ride. Just look at this sweet smile and you will know why we planned this adventure!

There were several horses on this property and Holden found one that just loved him and actually gave him a kiss! He laughed all day about it.

That night we went over to Shelter Cove for Shannon Tanner, who sings fun island music and is very kid friendly, Holden and Rylan both loved it. They were singing and dancing the night away plus, I think the snow cones helped add to the fun. We topped off of fun adventure day with fireworks! As the boys were going to bed, they said, "We loved everything today!" Just what we wanted to hear!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sun, Sand, Waves, and Creatures too!!!

Monday's agenda, was much like Sunday's, fun in the sun! However the day ended up being so much more than what we had planned. While Kevin and Holden were out pretty deep they found several sand dollars! When they went back out to return the sand dollars they found a starfish!!! Oh my, the excitement!!!!

You can see the difference in the boys personalities from the pictures. Holden is examining the starfish and wanting to look at every detail while Rylan is just excited just to hold the creature.

Speaking of creatures, Holden and Rylan buried Kevin so he would look like a sea monster. The minds of boys!

Our afternoon was spent riding bikes and exploring. Which lead to our evening of exploring. The boys, along with Kevin, were on a mission to go sand crabbin'. Do these three look like crabber or what? I mean really, what is the saying, "Like Father, like Sons." The wind was blowing like crazy and made the sand look really neat. While our little crabbers were on a search you will not believe what washed a shore! A sea turtle, and I am not talking about a small sea turtle, this turtle was at least 250-300 pounds! She was coming a shore to lay eggs. What are the chances of actually encountering such a creature. We were all in amazement!

Now back to our mission, crabbin' that is, final we caught some crabs! Hard to see but they are in there. What an amazing day! I think I was just as excited, if not more, than the boys about all of our sea creature encounters!

On the walk back to our place, Holden says, "We are just like Zooboomafoo. We are animal adventures." After our day, I suppose we sort of are. Trust me we will be talking about this day for years to come!