This Thanksgiving we went to the Wild Dunes resort in the Isle of Palms South Carolina. Grandma Alice and Grandpa Rick also made the trip for part of the time and stayed in a hotel in the same area, but a bit outside the resort.
We stayed in the Lagoon Villas in unit number 11. It was on the bottom floor, which was nice, and it was clean and nicely decorated. We liked that it was near the entrance to the Lagoon Villas. We took a video tour of it when we arrived, before we unpacked our things and made a mess of everything.
At the beginning of our trip, we rented bikes and signed up for the daily tennis clinics. The first couple days, the kids were the only ones in the clinics for the kids, but they had a lot of fun together. Andrea and I only had a few other people with us early in the week, but as more people came to the resort for the holiday, the clinics started to fill up. Towards the end of the week, the kid's clinic and our clinics were pretty full. We did tennis every morning except on the actual day of Thanksgiving.
On Thanksgiving day, we went down to the main boulevard to watch the parade. The residents and people staying at the resort had decorated their golf carts with Thanksgiving and Christmas themed decorations and were also throwing candy to the kids. It turned out to be longer and more fun than were were expecting and it was worth missing tennis to see it.
For the actual Thanksgiving meal, we had a reservation for the Thanksgiving Buffet at the Sweetgrass Pavilion. Andrea and I aren't big fans of buffets, however it was probably the nicest buffet we'd been to. There were three kinds of turkey (smoked, drunk nutty butter, and herb roasted), prime rib, ham, seafood, and lots of choices for sides. We all had plenty to eat and it was nice that we didn't have to spend our day preparing it or cleaning it up. The only big downside is that we didn't have lots of leftovers to pick at for the next few days.
The week was fun and relaxing. It was nice to have Grandma and Grandpa around, but I wish they'd stayed a bit closer. While I was working on one day, the kids went to their place to walk the dogs on the beach and see all the dogs that were vacationing.
The kids loved playing at the park, it was always one of their daily requests. They met a nice little boy there named Maliki and would go to his place and ring his doorbell if he wasn't already at the park.
We played a lot of "ball tag" with some old tennis balls that we found nearby (the park was next to the tennis courts), and the kids were always begging everyone to play with them. Grandma and Grandpa even go in to the ball tag on our last day together and I got it on video.
We rented bikes the first day and every day we would use them to get somewhere. We were a little sad we couldn't bring our new golf cart to the resort, which would have been fun, but the bikes were handy and it is a nice way to see everything and get around.
We drove back this morning, and although there was a little traffic, we got home safely. We are thankful for many things this year, but most of all we're thankful for our wonderful family and that we're all healthy and happy.