On one of our many bike excursions at Hilton Head we discovered a neat little children's museum called The Sandbox. It was an interactive playhouse of sorts, and yes, they played at a sand table for almost 15 minutes even though they had spent the entire morning playing in one of the world's largest sandboxes.... the beach.
The beach was a little windy that particular day, so we spent the better part of an afternoon and evening there after the girls got up from their nap. As we were leaving one of the museum employees invited us back to their family fun night the following evening... museum admission was free for the event, and they were serving hot dogs for dinner, yippee!
In addition to the free admission and food, not to mention another couple of hours of contented playtime, they had a clown there for the event that was doing all kinds of face painting. Ella stood in line with Sarah who wanted to have her face painted like a princess, (you can see it if you zoom in on the photo above this one), and while she waited decided she'd like to have her arm painted. It was impressive, but then she was reluctant to bathe for a couple of days so that she didn't wash it off.
We didn't spend a great deal of time in the condo this trip because the girls got into too much... primarily Maxine and Murhpy's dog cages (sorry Janice and Tom)!! Every time I turned around Ella was locking Sarah, Kate, and Maggie in, but as you can see they didn't mind a bit. We mostly opted to be out on the bikes, at the beach, or exploring.
One afternoon Maggie awoke from nap with a very specific request for snack, which we didn't have on hand. I decided we could make a little one on one trip to the grocery store, just Maggie and I. While we were gone, the other three girls enjoyed an ice cream social with Daddy on the back porch.
They made a big mess of themselves, lots of silly faces, tons of pictures, and a whole bunch of fun memories with Daddy while Maggie and I enjoyed a few quiet minutes to ourselves.
Afterward they did a great job of cleaning up. We would not have been able to tell they had had any ice cream if not for them all telling Maggie about it, but thankfully she didn't even mind.