The Chirping Moms: Where To Wednesday: Emerald Isle, NC

June 27, 2012

Where To Wednesday: Emerald Isle, NC

We traveled to my MOST favorite place on Earth last week, Emerald Isle, North Carolina!  I don't know if it's the gorgeous weather, beautiful ocean, or amazing company but I just love returning here year after year after year.  I actually started coming here when I was a baby to my grandparent's cottage and have been here every year since!

Chris, my husband, and I decided to do the straight 12 hour drive from New Jersey to the beach in one day.  Crazy, right???  You do what you have to do to see family, especially when you live FAR from everyone.  We loaded the car with snacks, small toys, lots of books, and of course movies for our DVD player.  And can you believe that neither child slept the entire 12 hours----WHAT????????  But thankfully, they were troopers because who makes a 3 year old and an 18 month old stay in their car seats all day long.  A huge shout-out to Quaker popcorn cakes, the Madagascar movie, and our handy-dandy iPad to keep us going!

Before my kids were born, the beach meant LOTS of napping in the sun, listening to music with my headphones in, and many novels being read.  Ha---in my dreams.  We headed down on Saturday morning with the two boys and lo and behold, Andrew cried the ENTIRE first trip down while Aiden could barely get within thirty feet of the water.  Oh boy, this is going to be a LONG week with one child crazy fearful while the other one could hardly move if the water got too close!  

I have to admit that neither kid became a beach LOVER this year, but their tolerance of the sand, surf, and sun grew and we did have some fun moments down at the beach (in small doses)!  Andrew loved to drive his trucks all over the sand and we finally got Aiden to sit where the waves were lapping.   I am eagerly awaiting for the years where the boys will be jumping in the waves, building sandcastles, and hunting for shells---hopefully only a couple years away:)  

A huge shout-out to my parents for helping take care of the boys at different times throughout the week and Chris who often headed back to the house early with the boys to prepare lunch and put them down for naps while I could hop into the ocean for some swimming---I just LOVE the ocean!!!

Since we only last so long at the beach, we found some other great things to fill our time there (and crossed off a few things on our Super Summer List!).  Around the house, we loved to fill our pool up and splash around.  We also played a lot of Zingo, watched a few extra cartoons, and got out on a couple family runs.  One of our favorite evening family activities is to head out for some putt-putt golf.  With these two boys, it was quite a workout---I think I spent more time chasing these two around the golf course than actually concentrating on my awesomely horrible golf skills.  It really was quite comical watching these two explore, if you weren't the one chasing them.  And these two weren't the most amazing players, but you do have to check out this awesome clip of Aiden (scroll to bottom), where he got a hole in one at 17 months!


Another afternoon, we headed over to the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.  The boys loved seeing penguins, fish, otters, and even the snakes:)  Aiden LOVES penguins and was very thankful for the new stuffed penguin that his uncle bought him and his brother;)  I highly recommend visiting the aquarium if you are around this area, especially with young children.

This picture was just too adorable not too share----my dad does some amazing photography and happened to catch this picture the night before we returned home:)




Despite the fact that bringing along two little ones add more laundry, LESS sleep (especially when we all shared one room!), and lots of craziness...I love creating memories as our own little family.  Where is your summer vacation taking you to?  Hope all of you enjoy your summer vacations as much as we did---now off to catch up on some MUCH-needed sleep!



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30 comments:

  1. Looks like you all had a great time! I live in NC and have never been to Emerald Isle! :-/
    Happy Wednesday! :)

    xo- Shar

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    1. Definitely head there if you ever have a couple days---it's gorgeous!!

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  2. Looks like you had a wonderful time! We love the beach!

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    1. So do I---wish I could live there, maybe one day?

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  3. How fun that must be! Great pics too!

    Hi! Stopping by from MBC.
    Have a nice day!

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    1. Thanks for popping over---hope you come back for some more!

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  4. Wow! That looks like a beautiful place!! I like how your blog is organized into topics :-) I'm looking forward to more!

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  5. Hey lady!! I just found your cute blog via the hop and added myself to your followers! Also I’d love to have you check out a fabulous OSCAR DE LA RENTA giveaway I’m having right now!!
    Hope to see you there! And thanks so much!
    Xo, Emily

    http://emilymmeyers.blogspot.com/2012/06/oscar-de-la-renta-giveaway.html

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    1. Great giveaway---thanks for telling us about it!

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  6. Jealous, but so happy y'all had a great time. No vacation plans this summer, but We are looking into new vacation spots for next summer and Emerald Isle is on the list!

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  7. Oh, sounds like it was a great trip! I love that picture your dad took - so sweet!

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    1. Thanks! My dad always gets the sweet moments, somehow they don't do that for me:)

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  8. love this! We live in CT and drive to SC every year, and have found the only way to do it successfully is overnight. But honestly, I might have to take you tips - that sounds better :) Great pictures - it looks like you had an awesome time!

    Dana, www.masteringmommybrain.com

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    1. Thanks for reading---just popped over to your blog, can't wait to read more!

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  9. I've never been to NC but I hear it is beautiful! Your boys are so cute! :)

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    1. It's only my FAVORITE place on Earth---if only I could get my husband to move us there! Maybe when we retire??

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  10. Hi! My name is Rachel and I am popping over from Jenna's Journey. The kids look adorable and you look like you had a great trip! I used to live in CT and am now in SC so I had about a 13 hour treck and it was tough on me and I was in my early 20's when I moved down. I am impressed with your kids!

    Rachel
    http://rachel-and-brian.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks for stopping by---I love that recipe you posted on your blog, looks delicious!

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  11. I am more of a mountain person myself but having gone to school for a while in Wilmington, NC- I can see why you love the beach so much. Love the pictures too. Especially the last one. Perfect moment to capture :D I'm visiting from Jenna's Comment Challenge. Feel free to stop by for a visit sometime...

    -Jessica of {Sugar in My Grits}
    http://mommiesblog2011.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks for visiting! Looks like we both are busy chasing kids around, it makes the days wild and crazy, right? Looking forward to reading more of your blog!

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  12. I'm stopping by from Jenna's Comment Challenge. I was just thinking this week just how unrelaxing vacation is with two little boys. But oh the memories! :)

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    1. I think I need a vacation from vacation:) Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. I'm stopping by from Jenna's Comment Challenge-
    im glad you have a good vacation :)

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  14. Looks like a fun trip! We go to the beach every year and it is a long trip and we take LOTS of stuff to keep up entertained...worth it!! Last year it took my kids all week to get in the ocean--they finally did the last day. (:

    Love that last picture of the sweet hug!

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  15. That looks so relaxing and gorgeous. And bonus points to grandparents taking on some of the childcare duties!

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  16. Great pics, looks like you had a good time despite all the little mishaps.

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  17. Hi Julie,
    My name is Jane and I'm with Dwellable.
    I was looking for blogs about Emerald Isle to share on our site and I came across your post...If you're open to it, shoot me an email at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
    Hope to hear from you soon!
    Jane

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  18. My husband and I honeymooned there over 20 years ago (gasp!). Every time we tried to take the girls, a hurricane disrupted our plans. Love this place - it holds a special spot in my heart. :)

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