My Happy Place

It’s November 1,  and we’ve already had a number of really cold days. Like last Saturday — it was 35 degrees! Miserable. But today was a magical fall day that almost felt like summer. It was warm and a little muggy from the rain, and I had flashbacks to the hotter, happy days of a few months ago — specifically July 20-27.

The Dickson family trip to the Outer Banks is pretty much the best week of the year. I could go on and on about my love for the beach (and the family!), but I’ll stick with photos instead.

We started our North Carolina experience with barbecue at Sooey's. Soren was thrilled with the pulled pork.

We started our North Carolina experience with barbecue at Sooey’s. Soren was thrilled with the pulled pork.

Page's kiddies were a little wary of the water on our Sunday beach walk.

We headed out for an evening beach walk as soon as we arrived in Rodanthe. Page’s kiddies were a little wary of the water and the wind

My little buddy, Faye.

My little buddy, Faye.

On our first day at the beach house, Soren watched four other babies (younger than him) crawl all over the place.

On our first full day at the beach house, Soren watched four other babies (younger than him) crawl all over the place. After weeks of rocking back and forth on his hands and knees, he finally made his move!

That face!

That face! Those eyebrows!

It’s always a little tortuous to arrive Saturday night and keep the whole Sabbath day holy. But we packed in plenty of beach time starting on Monday. I have no idea which photos were taken which days, so these are in no particular order.

It's always a little tortuous to arrive on Saturday night, then keep the whole Sabbath day holy. Our first real beach day didn't come until Monday.

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A certain someone wasn't quite as wild about the beach as I am.

A certain someone wasn’t quite as wild about the beach as I am.

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But he did have some happy moments with Tim in the ocean.

And in the pool.

And in the pool.

And when he would tire of the sun before we were ready to go in, we resorted to the pacifier.

And when he would tire of the sun before we were ready to go inside, we resorted to the pacifier.

Snoozin' Shauna.

Snoozin’ Shauna.

Faye

Faye.

Brooklee.

Brooklee.

Truman.

Truman.

Dallyn.

Dallyn.

BFF cousins and our babies (born just a week apart).

BFF cousins and our babies (born just a week apart).

Same people, different backdrop. Also, don't mind my lovely shell necklace. It was part of a game, but I was unable to remove it without scissors. And no one has scissors out at the beach!

Same people, different backdrop.

Kite flying.

Kite flying.

Kite flying.

Everett was our second child for the week. He rode in our car to and from Virginia, and Page named us his godparents. I could totally have two kids if one of them was Everett.

These babies were all born within a month or two of each other.

These babies were all born within a month or two of each other.

Holmes family.

Holmes family.

He never warmed up to the sand. He did fine in the ocean, at the pool, and on a towel or in a tent at the beach, but the sand was just too much.

He never warmed up to the sand. He did fine in the ocean, at the pool, and on a towel or in a tent at the beach, but the sand was just too much.

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Cousins!

Cousins!

Little family.

Little family.

We tried so hard to get a picture of Soren's immediate cousins. We were missing Isla in this shot.

We tried so hard to get a picture of Soren’s immediate cousins. We were missing Isla in this shot.

Sisters.

Sisters.

Dallyn.

Dallyn.

Wild times in the pool.

Wild times in the pool. Anyone know which cousin is flying through the air?

Sandy snuggles.

Sandy snuggles.

Just a little morning workout. Camilla is always the designated workout instructor, and this year's CrossFit routines were tough.

Just a little morning workout. Camilla is always the designated workout instructor, and this year’s CrossFit routines were tough.

Story time while waiting for dinner.

Story time while waiting for dinner.

Family talent show. This was Brooklee's act — she read a book outloud that required audience participation.

Family talent show. This was Brooklee’s act — she read a book outloud that required audience participation.

High chair city.

High chair city.

Cousins bonding over a smartphone.

Cousins bonding over a smartphone.

Caught in the act.

Caught in the act. Never thought I’d see the day.

More story time.

More story time.

Morning devotional. What a family.

Morning devotional.

What a crowd! I have no idea how many people were there. But I love them all.

What a crowd! I have no idea how many people were there. But I love them all.

We stayed in Virginia for a few days after our beach trip. One week is never enough family time.

We spent Sunday at Reagan's new house and finally got a picture of all the cousins (with Grandmama and Pappy).

We spent Sunday at Reagan’s new house and finally got a picture of all the cousins (with Grandmama and Pappy).

Nuclear family.

Nuclear family.

Reagan, have you painted your walls yet?

Reagan, have you painted your walls yet?

Another successful cousins picture. Where else but in Pappy's truck?

Another successful cousins picture. Where else but in Pappy’s truck?

And another.

And another.

Trampoline party.

Trampoline party.

Soren totally wants a trampoline.

Soren totally wants a trampoline. Someone else break the news to him that we don’t have a yard in Boston.

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1 comment

  1. Page November 2, 2013 at 3:22 pm Reply

    Shoot now I need to go back and add some pictures to my beach documentation; you got some god ones that I didn’t. I feel like my man arms/triceps were featured a lot in the post as well, so thanks for that!

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