Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Sunglasses House

Last week we took our family vacation. We like to get away...a lot. Yeah, we went to Toronto for the wedding (Parts One Two and Three...if you want to re-live it). And we just got back from Chicago. (Ok, Mommy and Daddy were at the dunes twice this summer.) And there was our time in Ottawa during the winter. And maybe a couple of other little getaways - like this day in Toledo. (How Felicity's hair has grown!) Also, it's possible (probable) we have more travel on the books before the year is over. Mommy and Daddy have always had a travel bug living in their pockets and having children apparently didn't squash it.
Can't keep them out of the sand. Not even trying...
But on to the vacation recap! We went to Oak Island, North Carolina. It was about 20 degrees warmer than home. In our rental a block from the beach, we were able to just sit back and reeeeelax. Our days went something like this: wake up, eat breakfast, drink coffee on the deck while the girls played and Felicity took her morning nap, eat lunch, hit the beach for a few hours, back to the rental to clean up and get the girls down for a nap, parents relax with adult beverages until children are freed from napprison, off to explore the town or more time on the beach until supper, then more playing until bedtime. We had nothing on our agenda and really just tried to enjoy each others company...we also really enjoyed the cable TV. Disney Junior for the girls and HGTV for parents.

In ANNNNNNY case...you know what's coming. A whole bunch of pictures to peruse. Diving right in...daily entertainment: family walks morning, noon, and night
[Short story about the beach at night...it was covered in crabs. We did manage to see a bigger one with a flashlight and then suddenly it was gone. We were stunned at how fast it could move-like the wind just carried it away.]
crafts we brought along (thanks, Jill!!)
 swinging in the hammock
playing at the park
and keeping up the general messiness.
Looks just like home.
We also took some time to check out the Oak Island Lighthouse. It's one of the brightest in the world!
Mommy got a little carried away collecting oyster shells on the beach...so much mother of pearl. So little time. But these are treasures that were inspiring craftiness! She couldn't stop, Tim didn't fight it, and quite a nice pile made it home.
And we indulged. The island was strange because most of the restaurants were only open from 4 PM to 9 PM everyday. We're still wondering how these places make it on such a small window of money making time. But we weren't in town to think, just relax. We relaxed with donuts...
turtle cheesecake...
and ice cream...you are aware it is illegal to go on vacation without eating ice cream. At least in Tim's family.
Ice cream delivery!
As a bonus, Tim's parents, Aunt Sue, and Uncle Ron were vacation an hour south of us at Myrtle Beach!
Despite what the expressions below are saying, we were happy to see them.
Somehow Aunt Sue and Nana got roped into miniature golfing with us. It made them feel like this: 
But Sue is a great golfer and Miriam got free lessons...her first stroke of all time was a hole in one!
When it was time to head home, we were ready. All relaxed, eager to sleep in our own beds, but a little sad to say goodbye to the beach.
Surely we'll be back...if the bug has anything to say about it.

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