Beach sign....reminiscent of the old signs at my favorite beach....handcrafted by me and available in The Vintage Nest shop. 

In 1989, when he was just 11 years old, my youngest son wrote a school paper called "Astonishing Women" (he got an A....  :)  Among such illustrious and famous women as Clara Barton, Amelia Earhart  and Helen Keller, much to my delight,  I was included.  Below is an excerpt from that paper.  I hope you can read it (click to enlarge) because it describes me to a "T" and he tells how someday "she hopes to live on the ocean surrounded by her grandchildren".  Well......that day finally came.  With both of my grown children living so far away it is such a sweet treat to get to spend time with them and their friends and family.  I don't live there yet but we vacationed at the beach together recently.  I hope I captured the essence of the fun,  rest, relaxation and unplanned bliss  for you.  Enjoy!

Before leaving for the beach I thought it would be fun to get my nails painted with an ocean scene.  I chose whales.......the tail of the whale.   My young grand-daughter was duly impressed with her grand-mama'. :)

My favorite beaches are the Outer Banks and this year we stayed in a cottage in the quaint seaside village of Duck, so named from the large flocks of water fowl found there that drew Northern sportsmen to the area in droves in times gone by.

  Having just a year-round population of 500, it soars to 20,000 in the summer.  Duck is just a tiny strip of land that lies between that big puddle of blue ocean, the Atlantic,  and the Currituck Sound,  so there is no end to the water activities, from the sun bathing to board sports to kayaking.  And then there is the other sport....shopping, with adorable little boutiques,  and let's not forget our favorite pastime....eating.   And eat we did.  I fixed shrimp four different ways and one night we had tuna steaks and a saucy fruit salsa.  I found this wonderful seafood accompaniment called Mermaid Seasonings and picked up a few for gifts.  Oh...and we can't forget one of the top 10 things we love about Duck.....Duck Do-Nuts.....yum...yum!

Being there during the 4th of July holiday,  there were a lot of extra activities going on too.  One being, a sand castle build off.  They were huge and absolutely amazing.

Boo and I attempted our own sand castles.  She always wanted to build way too close to the incoming waves but didn't seem to mind a bit that they got washed away before we could ever finish one. :)

My oldest was a runner in high school and college and has recently gotten back into it....only this time long distance.  He signed up to run in the Killer Dunes 2 mile footrace, touted to be one of the most grueling around.  Have you even seen the sand dunes, known as Jockeys Ridge, at the Outer Banks?  See that little speck on top of the dune?  That's him! We were so proud of him.  He placed 1st in his age group 35-39 and 7th overall out of approx. 250 runners.  I can't imagine running in the hot sun over the huge sand dunes....no way...uh uh!

We chose to eat out for lunch instead of dinners.  Here we were dining alfresco sound side.  It  was delightful!

Being there during the 4th I took some small American flags to fly from our deck, street side,  but some of us chose to celebrate differently.  Love ya' sweetheart!

In the village Duck Park,  a newly built outdoor amphitheater has just been built,  nestled back in the woods off the sound.   Her Mom and I enjoyed taking Boo to the first play preview presented there, The Tale of the Frog Prince.   What you see in this photo is the audience playing "Simeon Say's".   We had a quackin' good time!   :)

I'm gettin' settled in at my spot on the beach! 

I am not sure what the heck I am doing here.  I must be singing his praises that I am so happy to be at the beach.  :)

Trying to tell AL how important her shades are out in the sun.

I can't believe someone would try and drive their "not a 4-wheel drive" vehicle onto the sand.  Lots of people came to their rescue and  for some unknown reason they were all wearing blue.  LOL.   But they only spun the tires deeper in the sand. Eventually they paid for their foolhardiness  with a hefty towing bill.   This is my favorite part of the Outer Banks , where you can drive your car out on the beach.  That was the reason why we bought our first 4-wheel drive years ago......just for beachin' and fishin'.   There are hardly any people on this part of the beach, even on a holiday week.

Hey!....it's George Clooney!     aka..... Bobby G.  :) (shhhh...don't tell him I snuck this photo in.)

Happy Hour on the deck,..........  homemade guacamole and some kind of fun drinks and a deck of cards was always on hand.

I haven't been on a bike in years and forgot how much fun it is.  I have decided that's what I want from Santa this year.....

My favorite part of the day is back down to the beach after dinner.  The sand is cool and the crowds are gone.  That's when we would take Ben down for a walk.  Everyone stops to chat on their beach walks.

And sundown is a great time for a photo op.  Son and K and Boo and Al.

And me and Bobby G. and Boo and AL

For those photos we sat at the bottom of the dunes because of this sign.  The dunes are an extremely important part of the ecology of the beach for storm protection.

Sitting at the top of the steps that lead down to the beach, just before heading back to the cottage.  It's almost dark and the day is winding down.

The last of the day............ a pink sky at night.......sailor's delight.

Until tomorrow!


Shanna Brooks said...

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It looks like you had a lovely shore side visit

Jenny said...

How fun! You guys all look so happy and like you are having a blast! I have climbed and explored every inch of those dunes! Amazing how big they are! Did you go to the Wright Memorial? We used to have a beach house down in Manteo and loved traveling into Duck and everywhere!!

Blondie's Journal said...

It looks and sounds like all of you had a great time...just seeing your smiling faces! The beach is a great place to be with family. Your sunset picture is beautiful.

Congrats to your sun for coming in 7th in the race. Running on sand is NOT easy! Thanks for sharing a wonderful post, Lynn!


Shell said...

Great pics! Looks like fun times! I cannot wait to come and visit the Carolina's ,,,,,I think I'll make it out there next Spring or Summer,,,my first trip to the East Coast! Looks Gorgeous!

Of course, our own Beaches, albeit rocky (and often rainy) have their own charms!

Thanks for sharing!

Connie said...

You ALL are gorgeous, sweetpea!!! Little AL is growing like a weed also. My Caroline Isabella is also at just 2 months old. Lovely vacation and photos, sugar...

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh Lynn, it sounds like the perfect vacation, your family is all beautiful! Some people are mountain people, I like you am an ocean girl! Thanks for taking us along on your vacation!


Sarah said...

Lynn, this looks like the perfect family vacation. I loved reading the paper your son wrote. What a treasure! (The note and your son!)
~ Sarah

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

You have a beautiful family ! and I love what your son wrote about you...my GRANDson wrote about me "The Greatness of Mima" LOL and I will treasure it always just like you do your sons writing. We are blessed women!

Beach House Living said...

Looks like a great time. Congratulations to son for his win.

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

We love Duck and you captured it so well.

Darryl and Ruth : )

Linda said...

What a wonderful beach vacation....I'm a ocean lover too and so enjoyed all the pictures. What a beautiful family you all are and the little ones are just precious...hugs, Linda

Margaret Cloud said...

I like your sons school paper and he said you were a well rounded person, precious. It looks like a fun vacation, enjoyed all the pictures, they are great and shows how happy you all are. Vacations does wonders for the soul. Congratulation to your son on his run, sand dunes are hard to walk in, let alone run, we live around sand dunes here, so I know what he was facing, what a good looking fellow he is. Bobby G. looks like he has a sun burn. It is always nice to take photos of a vacation, you can enjoy them for years to come. Oh, by the way, liked your nails.

Ms. Bake-it said...

Looks and sounds like you had an absolutely fabulous time together! Love all the pictures. Your nails look great! Congratulations to son for his win. Love your son's description of you. I have one my oldest son wrote when he was little and in which he described me quite well.

~ Tracy

Lucy - By the Hill said...

Your post is wonderful! I almost felt like I was there, sadly I'm not near a beach but still enjoying the summer sun.
Your son's writing is so sweet! I have a few similar little notes and things I've kept that are very special as well.
Your family is beautiful, enjoy the rest of the summer!

Anonymous said...

What fun fun fun, Lynn! Me likes some of those yummy donuts too LOL Well, I just ate some today :-)

I think your son's writing was precious. And you've kept it all these years. Ok, we may not have known each other like "real person" knowing" but I'm amazed. When you said he described you real well, well, based on what you share on your blog (the decorating, thrifting, gardening), I really think so too. To think these was years before. It must make you smile every time you see it and then looking at who was once a little boy - now a grown man with his own family :-)


{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh Lynn... What a beautiful family... and what a good time together at that BEAUTIFUL beach... DUCK... what an amusing name, isn't it?

And, the essay written by your son is SO dear. That's such a sweet tribute to his mom. No wonder you saved it! :-)


Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

What wonderful photos Lynn! You have a beautiful family, and this looks like so much fun. I am a little jealous - especially since I just had an imaginary trip to the beach. Congratulations to your son for the great run! Congratulations to you for having such a beautiful family AND for having such a wonderful time at the beach. laurie

Sara Louise said...

Beautiful photos! And I love your nails, the nail art is great and the neutral colors keep them from being too flash :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Lynn, this looks like the perfect family time at the beach! Loved every picture, every word.


Sheila :-)

Faded Plains said...

What a beautiful place...makes me miss the beach.

Trotter said...

Hi Lynn! This is what we can call a happy vacation! Wow; everything you need to make you happy just around the corner... Lucky girl!!
Wonderful post!!

Blogtrotter Two has gone deeply in Sardinia... Enjoy and have a great weekend!

dana said...

Lynn, that was just the most FABULOUS post I've seen in ages!! Your photos and text are just wonderful...and so full of the love and joy you have for your family!!! I'm dabbing the tears off my cheeks right now, cuz I know how very much you must've loved those days spent with your sweet grands, hubby, son and DIl!!! You certainly had the perfect setting for the perfect gathering!! I hope you have many more such experiences! L, Dana

Unknown said...

I love this post the most as it allowed us a peek into all your family members and those beautiful grandchildren. Seems like it's such a fun summer for you all. Happy week ahead Lynn ...hugs/M

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