Beachin’ 2014

WE ARE AT THE BEACH! Ahhhh, Outer Banks, NC, you never disappoint! We arrived on Sunday and have taken in as much sun and sand as we possibly can!

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This is Lucy’s third beach vacay (the other 2 happened at 8 mos and 20 months) and she has come a long way in her feelings toward the ocean! The first summer meant pure terror – crying, clinging, and screaming when we got within 5 feet of the tide coming in. The second summer was tempered by her love of playing in the sand, but she still squirmed in my arms if I tried to help her put her feet in the water. This summer, she wants to be IN that water! She loves playing in the waves and “jumping” them, particularly with Grammie and Papa!

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The sand castles have been a huge hit, too. It’s so fun to watch a toddler’s unfettered excitement and pure joy! It makes ME excited about building sand castles. That contagious excitement is one of my favorite things about having a kid! Lucy also discovered how fun it is to “bury” things in the sand, including herself!

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Lucy also flew a kite for the first time, and she’s hooked! It was one of those evenings that you want to just bottle up and save for a rainy day. Pink and blue sky, cool breeze, and a sweet little girl giddy and squealing about a kite. Priceless.
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Last but not least, while Lucy and her daddy were diligently working on a sand castle tonight (side note: the beach is the BEST in the evening – after dinner, when most everyone else is in for the day, and you can see the sunset and maybe some wildlife!), I tried my hand at fishing with my dad! Check out my catch! It was easily a half-pounder. šŸ˜‰

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Here’s to more days with family, more sun, more sand, and more snuggles!

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