Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Bliss

A few weeks ago my family ventured to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for our annual family beach week. We were blessed with ideal weather this time and enjoyed spending most of it outdoors.

Ellie and I walked over to the beach one morning just after sunrise.



My little urchin brought her boogie board


and braved the ocean's morning chill


while I waited on shore,


taking photos


of shells


jellyfish


and feet. Hers, not mine.


After breakfast, we went to the race track


and bumper cars.


Along the way, the girls spied this beautiful butterfly (or is it a moth?) on the ground. Lifeless, poor thing. Made me think of Velma and her penchant for sharing dead critters on her blog ...so...Velma, this one's for you.


Evening found us back at the beach for a bit of water time.


The tide was turning and not ideal for righteous boogie boarding, but Ellie and Grace didn't let that stop their fun.



Ellie was queen of the hill



while Grace made jellyfish cairns.


Back at the house, I decided it was time to try out the kayak that John made.


Pure bliss.

14 comments:

  1. Sweet time with your family. Looks like it was a perfect trip!

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    1. It was the best time ever. Even got to have lunch with Lotta one day.

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  2. What a lovely series of photos of summer seaside fun. I love the photos - all of them - and especially the look of pure joy on your girl's faces ... wonderful!

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    1. The girls had a blast this year and would have lived in the water if allowed. Of course, I was the same way at their age. Enjoy!

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  3. wonderful, wonderful summer days...

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  4. Ahhh...right there with you...beautiful photos. Love the shadows of you and Ellie and Grace's jellyfish cairn. It's been more than a month since I've seen the beach and I'm missing it already. Thanks for some vicarious vacationing!

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    1. The photo of Ellie and me is my favorite too. Just wish I'd had a towel wrapped around me as she did so we'd have looked like two wise women from another time....

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  5. glorious holiday photos .... loved them all, maybe the feet best! However, very curious about the kayak .... is that a beautiful wooden one that John made??? Lusting. I love to kayak and will be having a couple of weeks up at Noosa soon (a place I will take you to when you are here next year) where I am able to kayak each day. Bliss.

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    1. Thanks Susan! And yes, John made a very beautiful wooden (okoume wood) kayak. It was from a kit and if you'd seen all the pre-cut parts, you'd never have believed it would have ended up as it did. He worked on it on and off for nearly 2 years. Talk about a smooth ride (or row?)! Told him I want one now and he told me to order my own kit and get to work. Ha! I'd love to go kayaking at Noosa when Pam & I visit. Enjoy!

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  6. Love the Outer Banks of NC......I have such happy memories of my first solo vacation there. Thank you for bringing those memories back to life for me through your photography.

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    1. You're most welcome Kris! The Outer Banks are a lovely area. We were up in the Duck/Corolla area which is very different from the Nags Head/Kitty Hawk area. Much less commercial and the beach seems more suited to little ones. Surf isn't as rough...or so we think. We were dreaming of spending 2 weeks next year...

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  7. Sorry to be commenting so long after the fact (it seems I am always "behind" with blog visits these days), but I just had to tell you how much I enjoyed the whole slew of convivial vacation images. I thought you did an amazing job conveying/eliciting emotion. And then that last one, of the end of the post/day, literally took my breath away - the reflections on the water are just stunning!

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    1. No worries Lisa. I've been a "trolling" mood myself. Looking, but not commenting much. This day of our vacation was a normal day, but felt particularly good for some reason...probably due to very little arguing among my little urchins. All was right with the world. Enjoying the sunset on the bay, literally, was just the icing on the cake...and something I wish I'd be able to do each night. It truly was amazing.

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