26 July, 2011

Vacating Life

That's the whole point of vacation, right?! Well, we definitely left the "real world" behind last week. We left last Friday to fly to NC and spend a week with family. We made it there and back again despite Delta's attempts to thwart our plans. Let's just say I'm seriously done with flying for a while. Anyway.

We had a great trip. And by great I mean awesome. =) We started off "beach week" by doing exactly what you're supposed to do on vacation - absolutely nothing. It was fantastic. There's nothing like doing nothing with a whole bunch of other people. Haha! There were two main things I enjoyed about being at Sunset Beach, NC last week. Their names are Harry and Eden. ;-)

I finally got to meet my youngest nephew...who is 3 months old already. *sniff*

And I got some great play time with my niece. =)

As did Uncle Joe. =)
{I love this picture!!!}

We shared a house with Anna and Jason, the kids, and Pete {my BIL} and his wife Caty. I felt like the house was a bit small for 6 adults and 2 small children, but it worked out pretty well. Joe's parents, grandparents, Sarabeth {my other SIL} and Kellan {oldest nephew} all stayed in another house. It's crazy how in such a short time the family has gone from sharing one house two needing 2. And who knows, we could need a bigger one {or even another one} by next year!

We had a pretty relaxed week, with only a few outings planned... Like dinner, shopping and going to a shooting range. The rest was a whole bunch of lounging and hanging out at the beach.

Me, Sarabeth, and Caty at Sunset Beach.

Joe and I. =)

...aaaand me with Anna!
{You only said not on Facebook!!! ;-)}

After a long, hot day of shopping we ate at Joe's Crab Shack with Pete and Caty. I also learned I'm not a huge fan of crab. *sigh* I wish I liked seafood...

And of course we had to take time for a BIG family photo!

One of just us...it's decent enough. =)

Oddly enough, by the end of the week Joe and I were the only ones left in our house. Saturday, Sarabeth and Grammy drove us back up to Wilmington so we could catch our flight out on Sunday morning. We spent the afternoon in our room {a lively bunch we are} and only ventured out for dinner downtown. Which, by the way, was the best dinner we've had in a looooooong time. We took a cab from our hotel down to Front Street and had dinner at a little place called Circa 1922. 

I loved it the minute we stepped in. As most restaurants in the downtown area of an east coast town, this place had a very colonial feel. From the chandeliers to real hardwood floors...it was great. The staff was super nice....and the food was uh.maz.ing. Joe and I both got steaks; he had the filet mingon and I had the New York strip. Best steaks we've ever had. EVER. It was definitely pricey, but I think it was well worth it. I'd totally go back. After dinner we walked around for a bit. I'm a sucker for colonial towns...and I'm fortunate enough to have a husband who enjoys them too. =)

Just so you know, one of the buildings on North Front Street is a fallout shelter. Handy information to have. ;-)

I just love this cute little building!!! If it wasn't for all the people around, I'd love to live in something like this one day.

We took a walk on the boardwalk and saw the USS North Carolina. =)

And of course we had to stop for ice cream. =)
{I had the best rocky road EVER here.} 

I just wish we'd had more time to spend in Wilmington. I would have loved to go to the Cape Fear Museum and the Bellamy Mansion. Oh, and visit the USS North Carolina.... Maybe take a carriage ride... Yeah, we'll definitely be going back there. =) Notice I also said this about Charleston, SC. I think I just have a love for all of the tangible history there is on the east coast. One day I'll live close enough to experience it more often. 

So, that's where I was last week. =) And after many flights and too many hours spent in ATL, we're back on the island enjoying the rest of block leave. 

Hope your week is off to a great start!


Skinnie Piggie said...

Looks like you had a great time with family... your polka-dot suit is very cute!! =)

Kaylee said...

Fun! I agree with Skinnie Piggie - your suit is super cute! And yay for Wilmington - I always enjoy driving down there from where we live, to putz around and explore the city - we always have so much fun!

JG said...

What a great vacay! That sounds perfect, family, fun, and lotsa nothing! :) And yes, that swimsuit is adorable! Where did you get it?

bejellyfish said...

That looks like a beautiful trip with family! It is always such a blessing to get to spend quality time. The east coast is so beautiful an rich in history and architectural integrity that is unmatched anywhere else in the states!

I also must ask, where did you get your polka dot suit? I saw one very similar to it when I was at Bellows last week and fell in love with it! I love the vintage pinup look it has!

Jen said...

It looks like you had an amazing vacation!! :)