Last vacation of the summer

This weekend marked our last “bash” of summer, a brief vacation to Emerald Isle, NC, to visit family and friends.  My family has lived in the area over 20 years, though my parents recently moved to SC to be closer to us.  We still miss the coast immensely, so it did not take much consideration to decide to go back for a visit.  It was a little weird when I came to the realization that we’ve been part of that area since I was 16.  Tim and I even lived there after we were married in 2003, when he was stationed nearby at Camp Lejeune.  I think it’s one of those places we’ll always go back to, not only because I have such good memories there, but because it’s beautiful, and in a big way, home away from home.

The boys really enjoyed it.  We stayed in a hotel, but spent the days and evenings hanging out with family, enjoying the waves, the cooler temperatures, and the gorgeous scenery.  My husband, Tim, couldn’t join us due to work conflicts, but it was a blast, and next time, we’re making sure he comes, too.

We began every day with Keller going to the window to announce whether it was sunny or not.  (He declared it was sunny even when there was a light drizzle.)summer-1-75

Myles, snorkeling on Radio Island.summer-1-72

The clouds were crazy and blowing all over, so the light was constantly changing.summer-1-74

Back at the hotel room.  Someone is ready for a post-swim nap.  I’m sure all you parents can relate, right?summer-1-77

With Bonny, my aunt’s dog, who enjoys nothing more than fetching her ball over and over again.  Keller loved it, too, and would occasionally run into the water with her to see if he could get it first.summer-1-79

The zinnia fields in Cape Carteret.  Seriously gorgeous.  Moncks Corner needs to plant some, pronto.  When I saw them, I was SO excited.  Myles, in the backseat, told me that we should wait until sunset to take photos, since it’s much prettier then.  So we did.  🙂summer-1-73summer-1-78

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