our summer beach vacation!

Earlier this summer, we took our annual trip to the NC coast! If you’ve been keeping up with this blog for a while, then you know how much I love this trip every year (last year’s beach trip)! We went to a beach house in Atlantic Beach that we’ve stayed at several times and it’s starting to feel like home. This year, the week flew by so fast I could hardly believe it. 
We started out the week with an awe inspiring thunderstorm. We walked out onto the sand as soon as we arrived and started splashing in the waves and checking out shells right away. We were having a blast when we turned around and saw the darkest, most ominous clouds we’ve ever seen! Before we could get inside, a torrential downpour caught us! You can catch a quick glance of the storm in the video posted above!
The rest of the week was so relaxing, which was very welcome for my 36 week pregnant self! Several mornings in a row we saw schools of dolphins right outside our ocean front windows! It was so fun to watch them jump as we ate breakfast! We then spent every day out on the beach splashing, digging, looking for sea glass, and going for walks. The boys have really taken to swimming this summer, and I was so impressed with their ocean swimming skills! Ande declared snorkeling his favorite sport and they boogie boarded non-stop!
The only downside to our trip was the constant wind! It did a number on my hair, and blew little “sand daggers” at our legs. For the most part, we could ignore it, but little Owen just couldn’t stand the feeling on his legs! He was miserable and we were desperate for a solution, so we pulled Curtis’ church socks up to his knees and the problem was fixed! It was a silly sight, for sure! 
On the most windy day, Ande and I decided to take a walk on the beach. We wanted to make it to the pier so he could walk out on it and see what it was like. On the way there, we made it pretty far, pretty fast, with the wind pushing us at our backs. After a while, we realized that it was going to be a little harder to walk back so we turned around just short of the pier. The walk back, with the wind pushing against us, was the hardest thing! We had walked MUCH farther than we thought we had! I kept imagining myself going into labor, and tried to figure out in my head what we would do if I did! Luckily, Lucy was nice and cozy in my belly, and we finally made it back to the house! Whew!
The trip already seems like a lifetime ago, and I’m already looking forward to next year! But for now, it has been so fun to look through our photos and create a video full of memories from our time there! 
jumping-at-the-beach

a-look-at-the-ocean
applying-sunscreen

surfing-boy

gazing-at-the-sea

goggles-and-boogie-boards
beach-selfie

fun-with-dad-on-the-beach

dad-and-his-boys

two-little-boys-in-the-sand

beach-snack-time

treats-at-the-beach
boogie-boarding-baby

beach-style

digging-in-the-sand

gazing-at-the-aquarium

blue-jelly-fish

wrapped-in-his-towel

36-week-belly-shot

little-boy-snorkeling

story-time-with-dad

36-week-baby-bump

riding-on-dads-shoulders

family-beach-vacation

atlantic-beach

Make sure to click over to our beach trip video and subscribe to our Youtube Channel while you’re there! We have been posting videos from our family adventures for us and all of you to enjoy!

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