Sunday, February 26, 2012


We got home Sunday night from another wonderful trip to Outer Banks, NC. We’ve gone there for a week many Januarys over the past ten years. We often have people ask us why we go then but we really like it- no heat, no crowds. Yes, lots of places are closed- but how many restaurants do you need to go in a week? Too cold to swim on the beach, but the indoor pool is great for swimming and the kids love building sand castles.

The six of us drove down Sunday morning. We packed sandwiches but along the way remembered Keagan’s Irish Restaurant in Virginia Beach, VA so we surprised the kids by stopping there for yummy Sunday brunch. And our hostess was named Kayleigh. Sunday afternoon we just unpacked and watched one of our new Disney movies. Monday morning we had a blast swimming in the big indoor pool. We woke up from a nap to cold rainy weather and decided to go Bowling- perfect for B week at the Beach and Monday was family night. $1 Bowling. KG & T loved running around the arcade. The kids were all excited to eat hotdogs and fries too!

Tuesday morning we headed to the Beach- it was a little chilly but the kids made sand castles and we took some good pictures. Afterwards we went to Jockey’s Ridge State Park where we climbed the tallest sand dunes on the East coast. The sand was a little too damp for much sliding but the kids did it anyway. All that climbing made for good naptime and then Nana arrived that night. Quite excited children!

Wednesday was C’s birthday. He’d been counting down for days. And told everyone he saw that it was his birthday. I can’t believe it’s been 6 years since our scary night in the hospital and our little miracle arrived. The NICU nurses said he was quite a fighter and he’s definitely turned out to be that. He has a lot of heart and determination. C was sure what he wanted to eat for his birthday- eggs for breakfast and ham and cheese for lunch. Sometimes he’s pretty easy to please! We did mix it up a little by going to Black Pelican for lunch and ham and cheese for dinner. But he was okay with that - especially after he got his own pizza and then the waitress brought a huge brownie with lots of ice cream & sang Happy Birthday!

Thursday we went to Wright Brothers. The kids wore their new park vests and got many compliments. They also got new Wright Brothers badges after completing the Junior Ranger program. We had a picnic outside and really enjoyed the new replica of the first flyer which the kids could climb. We headed back to Jockey’s Ridge that afternoon for sunset pictures. Beautiful! And worth the long walk carrying a sleeping little girl!

Friday we made our first trip in ten years to Roanoke Island. The kids earned their Fort Raleigh Junior Ranger badge. We enjoyed the movie- although it really made the first European settlers seem pretty bad. Outside was chilly but didn’t stop us from a short walk to the stage for the Lost Colony. The kids performed for us with a beautiful backdrop. Then we went to one of our best yummiest meals- O’Neals Seafood. I don’t think you could get much fresher- they were filleting fish right before us and their mottoe is “Come where it’s caught, cleaned, and cooked.” After a yummy lunch, we bought clams, oysters, and scallops to take home for Saturday night. We’ll definitely go there again- next time we may have to try the crab- I don’t think you can beat the price unless you catch them yourself.

Saturday we headed back to the beach to enjoy the views and then a quick trip up to our old stomping grounds in Duck where we enjoyed the boardwalk along the sound. After another walk and some time at the playground, we finished off the week with a delicious seafood dinner at home. Wonderful end to a wonderful week!

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