Exfoliating. From Asia.

We are back from vacation and I have ~10,958 instagrams to go through. I just did not have the energy for beach posting this year (plus I ended up having to do work during some downtime…)

Instead, I will mention exfoliation. Many weeks ago, I ordered something called Korean Italy Towels (yes, I know, that makes no sense) on eBay. Or maybe Amazon. I don’t even know. I read about them here. They came from far away (I will guess Korea, but I didn’t really check the postmark). I sort of forgot about them, but today they showed up in my held mail.

Then the Baby Foot Peels I ordered from Amazon last week Amazon ALSO showed up. (You can read about them here, if you google there are other super gross pictures and I really hope my skin all falls off like a snake). So I did that tonight too – I soaked my feet in water for ~25 minutes, then had the peel on for ~1:45.

Stay posted for snakey foot pictures (I hope!)

Also, I tried out the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish – it’s a gel polish that doesn’t need a light. I can attest that it’s a miracle – my toes are still painted after a week on the beach.

Friday = Lady Day!

Friday was Dan’s long kayaking day. He was gone for ~8 hours or so, and U and I had a pretty epic day. Or epic if you are 11…

It was drizzly, so we nixed the early morning beach visit and went shopping. Then we ate ice cream at 10:15am (in the hardware store parking lot) and headed to the Serpentarium. I tried to bribe her out of going to the serpentarium, but I failed. It’s cool and all, but there are only so many times one can look at alligators and snakes (4th visit in 6 years). Or so I thought! There was some new stuff and it was worth it. Plus, I knew the answers to ALL the questions in the snake show.

Cute baby gators.

Young alligators

Giant gator.

Huge alligator

Pretty much the most awesome thing – they had a new cobra. It cobra-ed out at me, and later it even struck at the glass. It was super creepy.

Cobra of terror

Crocodile exhibit was new too.


Alligator waiting for feeding time.

"Stop talking and give me my lunch!!!!"

After the Serpentarium, we went to a couple more stores, then came home for lunch. Then hit the beach. After Dan got back, we went to McConkey’s for dinner. Then U and I did a sunset-ish bike ride.

Sunset over the marsh

This was taken on the marsh side of the island, a few blocks from where we used to stay. (We switched houses to find a place Trixie could come)

Random aside: Trixie LOVED the top balcony off the master bedroom. I kept the sliding door open for her when we’d go out, and almost every time we came home we’d find her up there.

Trixie loves being the tallest.


Working Vacation Thursday

Invariably, I have one vacation day where I end up working. A lot. This year it was Thursday. It should have been perfect – Jeff and gang left in the morning, Dan and U went kayaking. I was going to have many hours to myself and spend less than half of them working. That didn’t work out (U cut kayaking short), but working at the beach is better than working at home, right?

I did sneak out for a bit with U. Christmas card pic? Double midriffs!

Christmas card? Now with 100% more midriff!

After a delicious dinner from Flower’s, I worked while Dan studied.

Working, studying. At least we are at the beach!

You can’t see it in this pic, but the ocean is visible between the two houses behind Dan. You can see it well from the top balcony, but there’s not a roof so it’s not computer ready.

About 32 seconds after I took the above pic, we heard the HappiTruck and ran to get snacks.

HappiTruck break!

(and yes, it is telling that I hadn’t even had time to change out of my bathing suit, even though I’d been back inside for at least 3 hours).

Wednesday at the beach

Though she usually comes everywhere with us, it took Mahn Soi 3 days to leave the beach house and hit the sand. She seemed to like it.

Manh Soi visits the beach for the first time.

The kids caught some sand crabs.

Sand crab

We went to Whaley’s for dinner. In a true beach miracle, we got a table for 8 with no wait and were in and out of there in around an hour. (I have  a love/hate with Whaley’s – it is yummy and a great dive but it usually takes 3 hours and leaves me enraged)

Dinner @ Whaley's

We went to the beach after dinner. Aunt Jeff wanted to be in our pics


And then we ate key lime pie. The end.

Edisto Tuesday

My brother and the gang arrived Monday night; I had Zoe and Ursula boogie boarding by 8am Tuesday.

Morning boogie boarding.

Trixie FOR REAL loved being buried. I swear.

I have found her favorite beach activity - being buried in sand.

Jeff’s mother-in-law, TT, came with them. And cooked for us!

Homemade egg rolls & spring rolls

A Vietnamese grandma should be required for all beach trips. Fresh spring rolls are AMAZING. (Protip: do NOT eat like 10 fried eggrolls. no matter how yummy!)

Cooking with Grandma TT

We were beyond stuffed, so we just stayed home that night.

Monday at the Beach – August 11

The forecast was pretty dire for the week, especially Monday. When we woke up and it was sunnyish, we ran right out to the beach. Yay for this!

Beachy morning

Soon it looked more like this – I chose to look left.

My current views. I'm only looking left.

It started to rain so we headed in and decided to go shopping, but really the rain maybe only last 45 minutes on and off – it was no big deal.

Back at the beach in the afternoon,

Trixie was adorable

Giving the ocean a side eye.

…we saw dolphins


…and some (alive!) sand dollars

Sand dollars (alive, tossed back)

We had dinner at The Waterfront (will post more thoughts about that later)


We ended the night with a trip to the end of the island, but the tide was high and nothing too exciting. There was thunder and we left (but really no storm/rain by us).



Getting ready to go. Have I mentioned how much I hate driving? Especially with 3 bikes and a full car?


It rained a good bit of the way down (not hard, but misty) until we finally saw blue sky (note – U took this)

Blue sky!

We got to Edisto right around 3, unpacked, checked in and were on the beach around 4.

We made it! Also, there is thunder.

It may not look like it, but Trixie was far more tolerant of the beach this summer

My sidekick has attached herself to my side.

Then there was thunder, so we went in. But still, a good first day!