We enjoyed a week-long vacation in the Outer Banks, that’s right a WHOLE week! Jamie and I haven’t taken a vacation that long since our honeymoon almost five years ago. (*Side note to my love, our anniversary is swiftly approaching*). This was also our first real family vacation, we’re so grown up.
Our house was beach front which is especially ideal when toddlers are involved (and a quickly expanding pregnant lady for that matter) since they can decide on a whim that they’d like a particular item that can only be found inside or if they hit a point of fussiness that only a nap can cure.
We had a wonderful time playing and lounging on the beach. I had forgotten how much I love the beach in the early evening, just thinking about it makes me feel a little more relaxed. Only the promise of food could get me to come inside at that time of day. We were lucky because a little pool formed each evening on the beach and it was the perfect depth for Elly.
The one hitch we had during the week was Elly coming down with hand foot and mouth disease, sounds pleasant, right? The worst part was that she had sores in her mouth which made eating painful. The bright side was that she got to enjoy lots of popsicles, even one in bed in the middle of the night. She also helped Jamie and I by reminding us what newborns are like when she was up crying every few hours in the night. We felt so bad for her! Luckily she’s back to her old self now.
Elly has come to expect us to dig what she calls ‘Elly pools’ for her each time we go to the beach. Jamie became somewhat of an expert on making these by the end of the week. Otis also enjoyed Elly’s pools as well as swimming in the ocean and playing fetch on the beach. As long as he was under ‘voice control’ he didn’t need to be on a leash. Otis will be under anyone’s control as long as they have a tennis ball so we were all set.
The drive to and from the Outer Banks was actually kind of nice despite the distance. We passed a lot of water and farmland and even stopped at a little farm on our way home where Elly got to feed a mule and the old farmer, dip in mouth, informed us that we, along with military folk, were his favorite type of people. When Jamie asked if he had any drinks for sale he said he had gatorade but he wouldn’t sell it to him, it was free, he insisted.
I grew up going to the Outer Banks each summer with my family which created some of my most favorite childhood memories. We’d get a souvenir t-shirt every year that I always treasured. Jamie said seeing Elly in her souvenir Outer Banks t-shirt has officially made him feel like an adult. We’ll see how he feels being there next summer as a father of TWO. I know Elly won’t be able to remember this trip, but I hope to make trips to the Outer Banks a family tradition that she enjoys as much as I did as a little girl. I think out first one was a huge success!
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