Monday, May 4, 2015

Exploring Crescent Beach

I would be omitting our greatest opposition if I didn't acknowledge that in addition to our suitcases and other belongings, we brought along an awful cough. It cycled through the kids, one by one, and when compared to more common coughs, it seemed rather serious. This cough lingered for days, making the children miserable. It cropped up the week before we left and was still with us when we left that morning. Sunday, as we ate breakfast in the hotel, Lottie and Forrest were coughing a lot. It was rather embarrassing as we endured stare after stare. Even though we steered clear of the other hotel guests by isolating ourselves away from the other tables, people were still (understandably) annoyed by us.

I would watch the time pass as we drove. I timed the space between their coughs; torturing myself with anxiety. The anticipation that should have been sweet was soured by their illness. I felt overwhelmed with fear that they'd be too sick to go Disneyland, that we would have to postpone it all together or that we would push them too hard and someone would get worse. The night at the swimming pool had been encouraging as the steam and humidity from that indoor pool proved to be soothing. No one coughed at all! Sunday morning, as I already mentioned, that cough was back.

Sunday afternoon, I tried to relax as we made our way to the beach. We would be outside, able to spread out from other people and hopefully that ocean air would do more good than harm. After finally securing a place to park, we made our way down to the beach and were greeted by this view.
It was a beautiful sight and was exactly what I needed to calm the heck down.
Having lost most of their South Carolina memories, this trip to the beach felt like a first for all of them, with the exception of Eliza. It was such a pleasure to watch them explore.

Late afternoon, we made our way to our hotel. We checked into the Marriott's Springhill Suites near the Anaheim Convention Center (there are two springhill suites in the area). We had a CVS connected to our hotel; which proved to be an awesome benefit. We picked up a few things at that CVS for dinner, took showers and climbed into bed early. The girls went to bed "giggling and gossping." The two of them melted my heart. Eliza can be so nurturing when she wants to be. Lottie just ate it up.
"We're going to Disneyland tomorrow!"

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