I love living in North Carolina for a lot of reasons, but one of them being you can easily head to the beach (or mountains) for a long weekend. We went to the beach Memorial day weekend last year, but since the water was still a bit chilly to swim in, we decided to wait until Labor day weekend this year.
Hurricane Tropical Storm Hermine, Friday during work, Matt and I were watching the weather fairly closely and trying to decide when to leave for the beach. We planned to leave Friday after work but weren’t sure if it would be worth it with the storm coming. We thought about waiting and leaving Saturday morning. We went back and forth on the decision and finally decided to leave town and headed out around 6:30 pm. We drove through rain pretty much the whole way there and once we got there, a few roads were flooded, but nothing we couldn’t get around. We arrived around 11:30, parked, grabbed a few essentials and made our way to the condo and settled in for the night.
Saturday morning we woke up to just a little bit of spitting rain and I was anxious to get out of the condo so we made breakfast, put some rain jackets on and headed down to the beach. The waves were huge because of the storm, but the water was incredibly warm. We walked through the surf a little bit and chased the waves and then after Sebastian accidentally sat down in the water getting his shorts all wet we headed back in. The rain cleared out by noon but it was still a little chilly so we played in the indoor pool for a little while then took Sebastian in for a nap that lasted 2 and a half hours. After he woke up, we got ready and headed out to dinner. All 3 of us had a pretty early bedtime.
Sunday we spent most of the day on the beach. The weather was perfect and the waves were calm. We played in the sand for a while and then finally convinced Sebastian to go into the ocean. We hung out in the ocean for probably close to 45 minutes, Sebastian loved it. We played on the beach some more and then Matt ran to the condo to grab lunch to eat on the beach.
A little bit of bird chasing.
This kid. You can’t make anything without him instantly destroying it. He loved stomping on Matt’s sandcastles.
One of his favorite games was running back and forth with the surf.
He really did love the ocean!
Trying to be like daddy.
Someone was getting sleepy.
After the beach we decided to head to the pool for a little bit. We just love the condo complex we’ve stayed in the past two years. It’s right on the beach, has an indoor pool/hot tub in case the weather doesn’t cooperate. The pool is awesome, it has a shallow end Sebastian can walk around in as well as a really deep 8 foot section. It has a really fun water slide, a playground, a big open grassy area (that was flooded when we first got there), and even a little putt putt area. It also seems to be mostly families with young children. I see us going back to this place again and again. It’s just perfect for our family!
After the pool, we headed in for nap (another 2 and a half hours). While Sebastian napped (both days), Matt and I played games, sat on the balcony, listened to music and just got some great (rare) quality time together. After nap, we heated up pre-made tuna noodle casserole for dinner. Once dinner was finished we showered, got ready and headed back out to the beach for some pictures. We barely made it out in time as the sun was already almost all the way down, but we managed to get a bunch in before the light was gone. We even got some pretty cool silhouette ones once the sun was down.
Sebastian and I recreated this shot from last year. We are both just a little bit bigger this year…
Sebastian has changed so much!
Monday morning, we woke up, made breakfast, cleaned and packed up. We checked out of the condo and then spent about a hour and a half at the pool before heading home.
The trip was way too quick and once the kids get older, I’d like to start making the beach trips longer then just a 3 day weekend. We will be heading back to the beach for another 3 days weekend with my parents in early October so we are looking forward to that!