I’ll go day by day, so this could get long. Bear with me though, I think it’s worth it!
Thursday We got up when the “Robbie-alarm” went off about 7:30 and set about eating breakfast, getting stuff packed, loading the van, etc. We left about 10 and headed to post so I could pick up my prescriptions from Wednesday’s visit to the doctor (she says I have a cold. . .) and get a Pack and Play from Phil Barnes. He and his wife let us borrow theirs so we didn’t have to pay $7 a day to rent a crib at the hotel. Then we stopped at Clothing & Sales so I could get a few more things for my Local Flavor Exchange package. After a quick stop for gas, we were on our way at least for a bit. We stopped in North Augusta for lunch and then again shortly after Columbia to switch drivers as Ryan was getting sleepy. We stopped again just after Florence after we made our turn south. We finally arrived at the Sea Mist Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC, about 4:30 and got checked into our room. It wasn’t the best room, but it was a place to sleep. Then we went over to the Hospitality House to say hi to everyone and get my registration packet so I would know what time everything was. After visiting for a short bit, we headed to Food Lion to buy a few groceries for the room and get my dessert for the Dessert Social that evening. There was lots of yummy food – some homemade and some storebought, and PLENTY for everyone and it lasted all weekend. After I was done eating, I settled in for a few hours of talking and stitching and Ryan and Robbie went back to the room for Robbie’s bedtime. I went “home” about 11 or 11:30.
Friday It’s so nice to be able to sleep in! Once we were all up and presentable for the day, we went to Shoney’s for their breakfast buffet. Our server called all the others over to see what a good eater Robbie is! LOL He does really well with fingerfoods, and at this point, even scrambled eggs and fruit cocktail are fingerfoods. When we had eaten all we could, we headed to Broadway at the Beach to browse around and shop. We only bought 2 things, but it was fun looking at everything. After spending a couple of hours there, we went across the street to the NASCAR Cafe for lunch. Ryan really enjoyed looking at all the memorabilia on the walls and everywhere. The food wasn’t the greatest, but life goes on. Once we got back to the hotel, Robbie went down for a nap so Ryan stayed with him and I went and stitched in the Hospitality House. My guys joined us about 5:30 for dinner – pizza, subs, and wings. It was a good deal at only $6 per person. Robbie ate a whole slice of pizza (he ate for free!) plus a little of mine. Ryan had pizza and wings. After dinner was a party in the Convention Center. There were games (I won 2 word games!) and all kinds of fun. We had our grab bag exchange – everyone who wants to brings a “bag” of cross stitch stash and other goodies. The minimum is $15, but some people go WAY beyond that. The “bags” are all sorts of things. This year there was a 3 story witch (3 boxes piled decorated as a witch), a snowman cookie jar, a toy metal shopping cart (I got that!), empty food boxes filled with stuff all hooked together in a mesh bag, a really pretty fabric bag, a patriotic basket, and MANY others. There were probably 30 or so total. Everyone that brings one will go home with one. Each person has a number and when your number is drawn, you can take a “bag” from the table, or you can steal one from someone else. NONE of them get opened until everyone has one, so it’s lots of fun cuz you only go with what’s on the outside!! I got a lot of great stuff in mine and if you want a list, e-mail me. After the party was done, I went back to the HH and stitched & talked until about 12:30.
Saturday Another day of sleeping in! We went to Starbucks for breakfast as we had heard that they had free wireless connection. That way we were able to do a quick check of our e-mail and stuff so we didn’t have as many to wade through when we got home. Robbie was a very good boy and sat on a regular chair to eat his muffin – they didn’t have highchairs there. We spent the day at the hotel and in later morning we played in the hot tub and the kiddie pool right by where we were staying (keep in mind this is a resort with many buildings and pools). Robbie sure had a fun time playing with the “bubbles” in the hot tub and showing off for an older couple that was lounging by the kiddie pool. He took a nice long nap after all that, and I sat with him while Ryan went out with a friend of his (they know each other from a living history group they’re in together). They went to lunch and to a military surplus store. I stitched! (Gee, imagine that. . .) Once he got back, Robbie was just about done with his lunch, and we went across the street to the little waterpark that is part of the resort. We only had a little over an hour there before they closed, but we all had a good time. Ryan and I took turns going down a 3-story water slide on a tube, and then we floated around the lazy river 3 times. Robbie started his trip on Ryan lap/tummy and was kind of scared the first time, but he got used to it and was giggling and having a good time. Part way around the second time, I took Robbie on my tube and he spent the rest of the time with me. After getting showered up, we went to Sonic for dinner and then back to the hotel. I took Robbie to say goodbye to everyone and then he went to bed and I went to the second party. We did our Local Flavor Exchange – stuff from your local area (I did a bit of Augusta and a bit of the Army). Some things in the bags were local foods, cross stitch charts by local designers or of the area, key chains, mugs, magnets, t-shirts, postcards, etc. I got a bag from North Carolina with lots of yummy foods in it. There was also a Stitchers Showcase where people could bring their finished pieces and we all voted on the winners. All the stitching was beautiful and voting was not easy. I didn’t bring anything for that. After a group picture (we do one every year), I headed back to the HH to stitch and chat more. I stayed until around 1 before heading back to my room.
Sunday We got up and got everything packed and loaded in the van and then checked out and went to breakfast at the little restaurant right there. The food was pretty good. After eating, we walked across the street to the beach for a little bit. We can’t go to Myrtle Beach and not see the ocean, so we all got our toes wet and watched the waves for a few minutes. On our way home, we stopped at a souvenir shop to get a t-shirt for Robbie and a magnet for our refrigerator, gas, and then we ate at Taco Bell once we were back in Augusta. Within a half hour of being home, we had unpacked the van, unpacked the suitcase, and I had a load of laundry in the washer! It sure is nice to be home again, and I’m sure I will enjoy sleeping in my own bed tonight!