Also known as my giant exhale. Not that I was feeling desperate for a vacation, but the facts were that it had been three years since we went away for a full week’s vacation and we’d never been on a real vacation with the girls. With that being as it was, we excitedly planned a seven day escape to Oak Island on the North Carolina coast.
Neither David nor I had ever been there before, but chose it because it was close driving distance (about 4 hours) and it was dog-friendly, which is always important to us but even more so after Koda’s diagnosis. We found a place right on the beach using Airbnb.com and after the craziness of hosting Hailey’s party at home on Saturday, we took off for the beach Sunday morning!
Our place was great- a little 3BR/1.5BA right on the ocean. It was old but clean, which was most important to me. We unloaded, hit up the grocery store and like that, our week began.
You guys have seen how many pictures I take a day so imagine me trying to sort through a week’s worth of family vacation. It wasn’t easy, but I figured I’d just grab a few (dozen) favorites and share some trip highlights, starting with the beach.
Being right on the ocean made it easy to hit up the beach for shorter periods of time, perfect for the girls’ ages right now. We all looked quite sporty in our rashguards (this one is similar to the one I’m wearing and I LOVE it).
If you are thinking you’ve heard of Oak Island, you’re probably right. It’s where all the shark attacks took place this summer, so my paranoia kept us at about knee’s depth, but it didn’t hinder our fun.
While we were there we did see a fishermen right in front of our house catch a 5 foot black tip shark. Crazy.
We splashed in the water and spent hours covering ourselves in sand.
With a full kitchen, we were able to eat most of our meals at home, which worked out great for lunches.
The morning and evening temperatures were cool and the girls of course woke up early every day, so we eased into our days watching the sun come up.
Among several cups coffee on the back porch.
Being there a week, we invited both my parents and David’s to come spend some time with us and loved that they both accepted! Mema and Grandpa came for two days in the beginning of the week.
Which she loved.
Nana and Papa John joined us at the end of the week to keep Hailey’s birthday celebration going, celebrate my birthday and soak in some beach time as well.
My crazy beach hair don’t care.
To switch things up midweek, we took the girls into Wilmington, about a 45 minute drive from Oak Island.
It was a great break from routine and we loved seeing the historic little city and hitting up the children’s museum.
The girls loved the day trip and wore themselves out, making my bloody mary at lunch taste even better than it already was.
We took the adventurous route home and drove our car onto a ferry! It was my first time doing that, but don’t worry, I played it cool.
We managed two dinners out over the week, which is no small feat for young kids on vacation, where I proceeded to order ALL THE SEAFOOD.
But for the most part we cooked our dinners and enjoyed evenings on the porch.
It was a low key vacation, and though I wouldn’t say I returned feeling well rested, I certainly returned home with a full heart and feeling rejuvenated.
Thank you Oak Island for a fabulous end of summer vacation!