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Life’s a Beach…well atleast for a week it was!

August 29th, 2009

Mr. vB and I have spent the last week down in the Outer Banks of North Carolina playing in the sun with my parents, brother, sister in law, nephew, and Grandmother.  Oh and I can’t forget Boots and Bailey!

We had an amazing cottage right on the ocean and like that wasn’t enough, we also had a pool in the back yard!



The hardest decision we had to make every morning was if we wanted to go to the the pool first or to the beach first?!?



And thankfully we also had WIFI so I could keep up with my bloggin’.  Bet you guys didn’t even notice that I was blogging away with a drink in one hand and a pool float in the other.  Gotta love technology!

Here’s a breakdown of our fabulous week:

Day One… Let the relaxing begin!


DSC_0082Baby Travers had his pool routine down.  He would jump in, swim to the edge and then do it AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN...It made me tried just watching him.



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Day Two…Hurricane Bill came though town.  Luckily he was far enough off the coast and all we got were some cool looking waves and clouds.  We weren’t allowed to go swimming in the ocean due to the rip tides, so we spent most of the time in the pool, which was fine with us.


Other people, not naming names, Mr.vB played on their computers!


But everyone was happy and relaxed no matter what we were doing!




These crazy clouds rolled in later in the afternoon.  You couldn’t tell where the ocean ended and the clouds began.  I almost thought Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze were going to jump out of a helicopter and start surfing.




We decided to play if safe and go inside for a game of Scrabble.


Day Three and Four were much of the same (minus the hurricane part).   We played in the pool, the ocean, read books, took naps, pretty much whatever you wanted to do!  We also hit up the pizza shop where my brother worked one summer during college.



DSC_0360We kept pushing Travers to throw around his name and see if we could score some free pizza.  I mean who wouldn’t remember the name of that amazing dishwasher they had back in the summer of ’97.


We capped the night off by sitting outside to see the sunset.




Day Five… The “young” adults went on a Jeep excursion and then had a rib eating contest.


DSC_0479These are the wild Spanish Mustangs that have inhabited the most northern part of the Outer Banks for almost 500 years!  They roam freely and are protected by local laws.  My brother wanted to lasso one and ride it home for the Baby T to see.  I told him I would not pick him up from jail, so he opted to take a photo instead.




We worked up an appetite sitting in a jeep for 2.5 hours.  Luckily it was the vB’s turn to cook that night.  We made our famous baby back ribs and Travers bet us that he would eat 2 racks all by himself…


I don’t think he made through a full 2 racks- but he got darn close.  Here you go Travers, bask in the limelight.

The Winner of the Rib Eating Contest- Travers Edwards


Day Six.. more beach and pool time.


The Dolphin came out to play that afternoon as well.  They were riding in the waves and jumping through the air.  It was so neat to watch. (Now why couldn’t they do that when we went to visit them with the Eubanks?)


Later in the evening once it cooled off we went to Jockey’s Ridge.  Did you know it is the largest “living” sand dune on the East Coast?  I think I read that it contained 350 million gallons of sand.

No wonder Baby T needed some help from his momma to get to the top!


I love this photo because Travers is like, “Now that you got me here, what do you want me to do?”



Day Seven.. back to the real world.  Uncle vB and Baby T watched Sesame Street while we packed up the cars.



A BIG THANKS to Honey and Cece for making this vacation happen.  I do believe it was the first Edwards’ Family vacation in about 15 years!  We are looking forward to keeping this tradition going!

**Thanks for sticking with me to the end.  It was hard to condense a week’s work of activities and photos into a post.  If you are a glutton for pain interested in seeing the rest of the photos from the week- click HERE.**

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  1. CeeCee
    August 29th, 2009 at 09:01 | #1

    It was truly a wonderful week having the family including Mamie together for a week. The cottage was great, the proximity to the beach (we were on it) and the pool in the back made for a wonderful choice of things to do. We did manage to do a little eating and drinking, but hey- it was our vacation. We hope to go back to the same cottage the same time next year. Just wish we could have stayed a little longer. We decided that the vBs were the best cooks, so they get to plan and prepare all the meals next year. Start planning those menus now.

  2. Anne W
    August 30th, 2009 at 17:09 | #2

    Looks like you had so much fun! I swear all you two do is go on vacation to fun places!!!

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