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OUR SUMMER TRIPS TO MYRTLE BEACH
My family has a summer tradition we follow each year. My family and my wife’s family take a trip to North Myrtle Beach to spend a week on the beaches of South Carolina. The month we go on the trip usually depends on everyone’s schedule. We want to go when everyone is available, and that’s generally anywhere from the end of June to the end of August. This year, my wife’s brother, who is a Captain in the Marine Corps in Camp Lejeune, could only secure the week of the Fourth of July, because he is being deployed toward the end of the year. There are eight adults and eight kids who will all head down for the trip this year. We usually rent a large house, and what I think is really amazing is all the cousins getting together. The kids’ age range this year is newborn to 9 years, which can definitely make for and interesting, entertaining, and busy week! They all play so well together and truly create memorable experiences. I know that my sons, Conor and Liam, can look forward to the trip every year and remember how exciting and fun each trip was.
that he’s a year older, he can interact with his surroundings a bit more now that he is crawling and cruising. That’s another thing that I look forward to with each trip — the kids getting older each year and doing a little more than the previous year. As a family, we enjoy spending most of our time out on the beach, and — being such a large family —we take up a pretty big section of it. We bring the kids down, and they enjoy building sand castles and pools. We also tend to go out to dinner a few times during the week-long trip. There’s an Italian restaurant everyone enjoys going to. What we’re looking forward to most this year are the fireworks. During the week of the Fourth of July, all of us can head down to the beach, where we can watch the fireworks and other celebrations in the area. We will see how the younger kids react to the fireworks! When I was growing up in upstate New York, my family never went to the beach; we usually spent time on the Finger Lakes or at my Grandfather’s house on Lake Ontario. Here, being closer to the coast, heading to one of the beaches is a popular thing to do in the Washington, D.C., area. Most families take a week off, head to the beach, and relax during the summer. I do miss going to the Finger Lakes and staying at lake houses, but heading to the beaches is what you do in northern Virginia, and I enjoy it very much. Whether any of my readers are headed to the beaches this summer or not, I hope you have an enjoyable Fourth of July and summer! - Dr. Todd P. Sullivan
My wife, Nicole, has had this tradition longer than I’ve been going. Ever since she was little, her family would head to the beach for a week, enjoying the sand and walking along the boardwalks. I’ve been going since Nicole and I got married four years ago, and I’ve enjoyed every trip since then. By the time this newsletter is out, we’ll be in the process of getting ready to head to Myrtle Beach this year. It will be Liam’s second trip, and I’m excited to see how he’ll react to it. On Liam’s first trip, he was very young, but now
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