Outer Banks Vacation

It feels like a lifetime since I've been in blogworld. How is everyone doing?! My Bloglovin' feed is ridiculously full and maybe one day I'll catch up with everyone else, but I'm not making any promises. ;) Jared, T and I went on our first family vacation last week to the Outer Banks/Nags Head North Carolina area. We rented a big house right on the beach with 7 of Jared's immediate family members and it was certainly a memorable week.



We had beautiful weather all week with really only one overcast day in the entire vacation. Having a place right on the beach definitely made it easier with a one-year-old. It wasn't too far of a walk to get him back in the house to get cleaned up, eat and take a nap a couple times a day. T really was a trooper the whole trip. He loved the sand and the pool and the ocean.

However, just because he loved the atmosphere did not mean I had a vacation- HA! To everyone who told me it's totally worth it to take little ones on vacation, I'm doubting you today. Did I love seeing my little guy experience the ocean and sand for the first time? YES. It was adorable. Did I also love getting to be with Jared for a whole week and no work? YES. A hundred times yes. But goodness gracious I AM BEAT. It was just as much work (if not more) having a kiddo on vacation. And I won't even get into the roadtrip there (bad) and the roadtrip home (beyond terrible) sooo yeah. Jared and I are good with not traveling again for awhile ;)


While in no way was that trip relaxing, I still indulged in delicious food all week both at our beach house and at a couple fun restaurants. Shout-out to Sooey's BBQ and their crew who made us feel like family by the time we left our dinner. They actually took my brother-in-law back in the kitchen/grill area so he could see the "meat pit" where the magic happens, haha.

There were late-night hot tub talks, mexican food, ladder ball and lots of laughter throughout the week. We also took an hour or so after dinner one night to walk the dunes that were right down the street from our beach house. It was a hike but totally worth it for the views!

Now we are back home and recovering from the chaos the last month or two have been. It was a little easier to leave the beach knowing we were coming back to our still VERY new house. Now it's back to the unpacking and finally feeling like we can settle in. Ahhh, home sweet home.

21 comments

  1. Ah the feeling of needing a vacation after a vacation. I think that is why we never really went anywhere when we had little itty bitty kiddos. That house was amazing and I am happy y'all made some good memories.

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  2. Awww I'm sure chasing after a little one at the beach was exhausting (that'll be me next spring), but I love the pics of you and Jared!

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  3. Welcome back home. And the new home, wahoo! I'm glad lil man loved it but I can only imagine how much work it is on vacation with a lil one. Hope you are able to relax at home...a bit.

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  4. Looks amazing! I've always wanted to go there.

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  5. As much hard work you say this first trip was, you'll grow from it and make the next one more magical. Ppl I know who travel from Florida with their little one all over make park pit stops for 30 min or so, so they all can have a mental break. Glad you all "survived"!

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  6. oh man, I feel ya on feeling like you need a vacation from your vacation, especially with kids! Looks like you had a fantastic week with family though, so there's that. Have a great week!

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  7. Great pics! And I promise it will get better lol. My oldest hated his car seat and would even make trips across town a stressful mess . But it passed and we road trip all the time with our littles.. snacks are the answer for us! Looking forward to more peeks inside your new home!

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  8. Yeah definitely you can't call it a "vacation" at this point... it's a "trip". Fun but a ton of work and exhausting! So fun to see your little guy loving the sand though, and lovely that you got some great family photos out of the trip too :)

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  9. I'm sorry the road-trip part was terrible. I can't relate to that because R is typically pretty fabulous in the car considering buuuuut, I can relate to the non-vacation vacation. It is so much work to travel with a baby! But I love it too. Even if she won't remember our early travels, I feel like we are exposing her to new things and getting her used to being flexible AND it's great for Jordan and I to learn more about how to parent together in stressful situations. Plus there are sweet moments too! That house is gorgeous!! So fun. And at least you can hang at home and not have to get up early to head to an office now, right? ;)

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  10. Oh girl I HEAR YOU on traveling with a baby. I think taking Gracie to California at 5 months was easier than taking her anywhere as a toddler. From someone who has done multiple long road trips solo with a baby---I get it. And we're doing another this weekend and I'm already about to barf over it. It is brutal! I love the memories once we're home, but I think traveling will be so much better when she's older.

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  11. oh no! Sorry vacation wasn't too relaxing but I'm glad you all were able to all spend some time together.

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  12. I'm glad you were able to be together, sometimes vacations are more work than relaxing but I know it was nice to have that time.

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  13. Now you are making me nervous for our beach trip next month! Haha! I am already prepared for it to be not at all relaxing for me with Zoe in tow...but I am excited to see how she does with the pool and the beach. Our road trip is about 4 and half hours so hopefully we can hit her nap times right so she can sleep through some of it. We shall see. I am glad you guys had a good time though and I love all your pictures! Fun memories to look back on for sure!

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  14. LOL. It is a lot of work, I watched my brother & SIL do it this weekend!

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  15. So grateful to have had a week with you guys!!! We loved making new memories. <3

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  16. One of my favorite places on earth! Glad you all had a great trip! Beautiful family photo!

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  17. What a GORGEOUS house! Hope you had fun ... despite not relaxing? lol

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  18. A beach trip sounds amaaaaazing right now! Mav is going on 2.5 and we still haven't attempted a vacation with him haha. Probably won't until he's much older! We tried a 3 day camping trip last Summer and though it was fun, it was not what we expected at all!

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  19. I feel ya on the millions of unread blog posts. What a fun family vacation, even if it wasn't relaxing.

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  20. Hope you have an amazing time! It's so nice to relax at the beach with family!

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