Thursday, September 27, 2012

Hilton Head & 4 Months

At the end of August Paul and I went to Hilton Head Island, SC with my family.

2 parents, 6 of 7 children and their spouses (minus 1) and 15 of 16 grandchildren. That comes out to a grand total of 28 people-- two of which are pregnant. 28 of 32 family members. I can hardly believe there is a house that fits all of us! We used up every square inch of that bad boy.

Hilton Head is very different than the Outer Banks of NC, which is where we usually go. In OBX, the ocean drops off and gets deep fairly quickly. Whereas HH stays shallow for a LONG time. It wasn't as fun to play in the ocean because waves barely existed-- but the trade off was seeing a ton of wildlife: starfish, sand dollars, horseshoe crab, string ray, a (dead) shark, alligators, frogs, turtles, snakes and a lot of freaky bugs.

We also rented bikes for the week. The sand is packed down and hard so you can bike right on the beach. Paul and I also biked around one of the bazillion golf courses. Paul, my dad and my brother Hans made it out to one of the courses to actually golf. They got turned away because Paul wasn't wearing a collared shirt! He had to change before they let him play. They are serious about their golf at HH!

My favorite part of the week was the very last night. A majority of us gathered around to sing hymns and talk. I surely do love my family.

A few days after we got back home, Vince hit 4 months of age. This has been my favorite age so far. He is happy on his own but still loves to cuddle. He talks, laughs and barely cries. He sleeps through the night and eats like a champ. He isn't a fragile baby any more... but he isn't a toddler that is getting into everything. Life is bliss right now. 

We recently started a bedtime routine. It concludes with us singing a song to Vince. Sometimes he is so tired that he just screams til you put the paci in... but some nights he'll "sing" along. Cutest thing EVER. I can't explain just how much we love this little boy. 



  1. That trip to hilton head sure was fantastic!!!! Hooray for Griffioens!!!

    And that Vince boy is a real cutie. I like his Buddha-esque, hands folded on his tummy shot. :)

  2. Hooray! I love all the pictures of Vince! And HH was awesome too. I'm glad you guys were able to come.