Aug 4, 2016

Topsail Island 2016 {the one with a baptism and blogger meetup}

 We recently returned from vacation with my family to the beach in North Carolina. This year I was preparing myself for a week with much less beach/ pool/ outside time than previous years since Cora was only going to be five+ weeks old. Tim and I went with my family when Evie was about the same age and we barely have any memories from that week, so entrenched were we in exhausted and clueless new-parent-dom (I think we each made it into the water twice, which felt like a major feat)!

Anyways, this year we had a great week overall- it only rained once at night, and it felt like all of us were able to get adequate beach and pool time. It *was* challenging with four kids (sunscreen application, I'm looking at you) but it helped that we were able to figure out a pseudo routine for our days and a lot of times split the kids 2-2 between us.
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When you have really early risers the silver lining on vacation is enjoying COFFEE while watching the sun rise...
And at the risk of sounding like a supreme lush, I sure did enjoy partaking of a cold one (or two) each day- we had a well stocked fridge. ;)
 
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 We had a priest family friend with us for most of the week and since the timing was optimal we decided to have Cora baptized at the local parish while we were there. Funnily enough the parish has the same name as ours back home!
Cora's godparents live in another state so we had my parents stand in as proxys but forgot to ask them beforehand...slight oversight.
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This year there were seven kids total- all girls and all under the age of five (well, technically since Evie's five on August 9th). There was a lot of talking but they were fun to be around. ;)
One of my brothers shared a bunk room with Evie and Audrey and he laughingly told us how some mornings the girls woke him up loud whispering about whether or not they should wake him up.

Pineapple one of my sisters grew
One of the highlights of the trip was meeting up with Sarah who happened to be vacationing on Topsail the exact same week! It was great to talk in person and meet her lovely family- her kiddos are incredibly cute. :)
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For most of the week there were tide pools on the beach during low tide which were perfect for the girls to swim in- it's awesome how different the beach is from day to day. I never get tired of it.
And snackS were the order of every trip down to the beach.
We brought Cora down to the beach once and other times she either napped (baby monitors majorly ftw!) or I stayed inside with her while Tim managed the older three (for which he deserves an Olympic gold medal).
The humidity was a tad on the crazy side -like completely give up on your hair crazy- nearly every time I brought my camera outside to snap photos the lens fogged up, so I have lots of foggy picts like this:
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It wouldn't be a family photo without at least one sulky face, now would it?
Sweet little Heidi wasn't the biggest fan of the ocean. One time Tim brought her down to the water but she did not appreciate his efforts and instead made a beeline for the stairs. When she reached them she turned around to face the water and said, "NO." while moving her arm back and forth in a decided manner.
Maybe next year she and the ocean won't be frenemies.
And that's a wrap of our trip; I'm glad everyone enjoyed the week and am grateful we had the opportunity to go!

5 comments:

  1. Love the pics!! Sorry to be such lousy godparents! But it looks like Mike & Ann did us proud! Miss you guys!!

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  2. Looks like a lovely baptism and very fun week!

    Great pictures!

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    1. Thanks, Joy! It was great to combine vacation and her baptism in one week. :)

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  3. I love your pictures! better than my long winded - day by day photo diary... and blurry iphone picts! thanks for the shoutout. I am very glad we could meet up.

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  4. Looks like such a lovely trip! We're gearing up for a September beach trip and I'm hoping it goes smoothly... It'll likely be our last vacation in a looooong time so hopefully it'll be worth it!

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