Monday, June 11, 2012

Beach Bloggin'

We finally made it to the beach, and Kate is having SO much fun.  Of course, we all are but this is an extra special vacation since it is her very first beach trip.  Everyone else is either in the hot tub, reading, napping or taking showers so I thought I'd take a few minutes to write about what we've been doing so far.

I've already posted a little bit, but I'll back up and start at the very beginning of our trip.  First, we rented a vehicle for the trip for a few reasons.  First, my car is older, has a lot of miles on it and the AC is making some noises.  We did NOT want to have to deal with car trouble (or no AC) while on vacation.  Kevin has a truck and there is a chance of rain all week so we didn't want to have to deal with THAT.  And, we got a really good deal on renting a small SUV.  So it worked out. So I thought.

I had to work on Friday but the plan was for Kevin to pick up the vehicle on Friday at 4, and meet me at home so we could load the car and get on the road ASAP.  We wanted to drive about 1/2 to the beach on Friday and leave the other 1/2 for Saturday morning.  I called him Friday when I left work and he told me that the rental car agency had given away our vehicle.  They didn't have any SUV's so they gave us a car.  I just knew there was no way all of our stuff would fit in a car.  Kate does not pack lightly.  The whole way home I was trying to think of what we could leave behind.  I made it home and instead of a rental car sitting in our driveway, there was a mini-van!  Kevin had tricked me.  So we didn't have any trouble fitting everything in.

Like I posted on Friday, we got held up by traffic and by Kate but we still made it 1/2 way there.  Kate was already asleep when we checked in but of course woke up to check out what was going on.  Oh, and she had to play with the A/C.

We are staying in the Morehead City / Atlantic Beach area of NC, which is right outside of the Outer Banks.  Our house is GREAT and the beach in front of our house is pretty much deserted so we basically have it all to ourselves.  Awesome.  We got here around lunchtime on Saturday and stopped to grab a bite to eat before check-in.  We unloaded our cars and headed straight to the beach.  My dad got his fishing gear out immediately and we all donned our swimsuits.  Perfect weather.

Monday was a fishing day for my dad and a beach day for the rest of us.

Oh yeah. Kate loved eating the sand.  After telling her "No" quite a few times, I think she got the idea that she wasn't really supposed to eat it.  She did get a few handfuls in.  She also liked putting her hands into the ocean and licking off the salt water.  Weirdo.

 We decided to go out to eat Sunday evening and went to McCurdy's.  Kate and I shared shrimp and grits. Kevin went with the fried fish and blackened shrimp.  It was all really good.


  1. oh, kelley....this post made me wish for the beach! we've gone on several vacations to the outer banks (usually we stayed on emerald isle).

    i love it...thanks for the pictures and the memories. looks like you guys had fun! and kate in a bathing suit??? too much cuteness!

    1. Thanks, Jill! We are actually staying in Pine Knoll, which is about halfway between Emerald Isle and Atlantic Beach, so I know exactly where you're talking about! What a small world. We are really enjoying vacation and I think Kate is loving it too. :)

  2. Love your pictures, Kelley!! Looks like a great vacation for all of you! Kate is a bundle of cuteness, and I'm so glad we were able to meet her! Tell everyone hello from Illinois!!

  3. We are headed down there soon and I can hardly wait!! I love her little anchor suit!!

    1. Thanks! I have been looking forward to this for SO long, so I know exactly how you feel right now. We're having a blast, and it's already going by too quickly. :)


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