Emerald Isle, NC

"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order." -John Burroughs

When I found this quote it described perfectly how I felt about our week at the beach. Nothing is so soothing to me as the crash of waves and feel of sand between my toes. Time slows. I notice little things, like the glint of sun on sand slipping through my fingers.

The summer has been a crazy one, much more busy than I like or planned. We weren't sure if a vacation was going to happen this year, due to not knowing when Josh was going to start his new job. Things finally finalized and Josh took a week off in-between jobs. We scoured the internet looking for vacation deals. There weren't many still available or within our price range. Thankfully we got a tip from Josh's aunt to check out Emerald Isle, NC.

We had a wonderful time. It was so relaxing and refreshing after our busy months. Duncan kept saying over and over "I love my beach house!"

Snacks. They looks so exhausted after a morning in the surf and sand!

We took a big pile o' library books with us. The Napping House is a favorite. It also described our afternoons. I got several naps in during that week!

I never took my "real" camera down with me during the day. You'll have to wait for August's Instagrams for those pics. :) However, I did take it for our evening walks. Morning and evening on the beach are my favorite times of the day.

Glow sticks!

Yay for pictures with my kids!

Sophia LOVED the sand crabs and called them "bugs." She would grab a handful of sand and say "bug!" even if there was none there!

A fun part about the trip is some friends of ours decided spur of the moment to rent their own place the same week we did! It was fun to have them there!

Love these pictures of Sophia doing her rolls. She was screaming "Watch! Watch!"

Sophia shows some love to her friend, Anna. Which is a good thing, because she also has a penchant for hitting her. Maybe she was trying to make up for it.

We had such a wonderful time just to unplug from normal life. We took one rainy day to visit the aquarium. We had lazy mornings of pancakes and bacon. We watched cable TV in the evening (I love Food Network and HGTV). We had a movie night with our friends. A had an early morning to sneak out of the house and spend a sunrise alone. I read books, like The Peach Keeper (loved it), Paris in Love (so-so), and The Luminous Portrait as well as finished Kinfolk and few other random magazines. It wasn't perfect. The boys got sunburned lips that kept them from the water for a few days (major mommy fail). But all in all it was wonderful!