approximately 1 million vacation photos

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Ahoy! We just got back from a family vacation to the North Carolina coast, Beaufort to be exact. Parts of that vacation involved a sailboat, so I am qualified to say dumb things like “ahoy” now. I also worked in a few shiver me timbers when I could. It’s possible I’m that annoying person on the sailboat.

Right before we left for vacation, we were getting a checkup at our pediatrician’s office, and when she heard we were going to North Carolina, she whispered, “Did you hear about the shark attacks?”

Well NO, dear woman, I did not, but guess what I’m going to go home and google straight away?

Obviously we did not get eaten by sharks, but damned if we didn’t try by spending almost every day at the beach. The most recent attacks were about 130 miles south of us in Oak Island, but it’s still nerve wracking, especially when you pull up to the lovely lighthouse on Cape Lookout and your sister-in-law says, “Oh yeah, there are sharks in these waters.” THERE ARE SHARKS EVERYWHERE. (Side note: Thank you God, for allowing us to keep all of our limbs.)

Anyway, here are a million vacation photos, so you can feel like you were there too, not getting eaten by sharks either.

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Requisite first plane ride photo. (We’re not counting the first first plane ride when they were 14 months.)
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Hey, we haven’t seen each other in 5 years. Wanna play Minecraft?

 

Target practice
Target practice
Can you spot the Rachel?
Can you spot the Rachel?
First touch of the water. Hike up that dress, girl!
First touch of the water. Hike up that dress, girl!
Our home away from home (away from home).
Our home away from home (away from home).
The beach! Finally!
The beach! Finally!

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So are you saying I don’t “really” need to be cautious? Also, Texas shirts in other states make you really stand out as a tourist.

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Boat kids. As long as the boat's not moving.
Boat kids. As long as the boat’s not moving.

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4 out of 5 Torreses were happy to stand for this rare family photo.
If you know Rachel at all, you know that she has an undying love for stingrays. She was in heaven here.
If you know Rachel at all, you know that she has an undying love for stingrays. She was in heaven here.

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We didn't catch nearly enough sunsets at the dock.
We didn’t catch nearly enough sunsets at the dock.
I kept trying to capture the joy on her face we the waves overtook her. It looks more like she's constipated, but trust me. It's joy.
I kept trying to capture the joy on her face we the waves overtook her. It looks more like she’s constipated, but trust me. It’s joy.
Lighthouse at Cape lookout.
Lighthouse at Cape lookout.

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Despite the 5 year age difference, these two were the best of friends. They really got each other.
Despite the 5 year age difference, these two were the best of friends. They really got each other.
History nerd in his happy place at Fort Macon.
History nerd in his happy place at Fort Macon.
Claire was less impressed.
Claire was less impressed.

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Wave dancing
Wave dancing
Who sleeps like this? Honestly.
Who sleeps like this? Honestly.
Finally, the last supper. At Chuy's Tex-Mex. Which we can visit any time we want because it's based here in Austin, but for some reason we don't so here we are. (Order the fried stuffed avocado. You won't regret it.)
Finally, the last supper. At Chuy’s Tex-Mex. Which we can visit any time we want because it’s based here in Austin, but for some reason we don’t so here we are. (Order the fried stuffed avocado. You won’t regret it.)

Whew! Thank you for sitting through that. I know it’s a lot. Needless to say, we miss our NC family like crazy and can’t wait to go back. Although maybe they are enjoying having their coffee and bandwidth back for themselves.

 

 

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12 Comments

  1. Ahhhhhhh, it looks like so much fun! My favorites, though, are Zoe on the boat and sleeping with the dog. The. Best.

    And yay for no shark attacks!

  2. I’m two weeks away from a beach trip of my own.

    I, seriously, wonder where we, as adults, stop being able to sleep in truly bizarre positions. Because I’m pretty sure my son can sleep with his head & butt being the only parts of his body touching a surface.

    1. That is a really good question! I could’t even sleep on the planes, which was a shame, since my alarm had gone off at 3am that morning.

      Where are you taking your beach trip?

  3. You know what else is in Oak Island?
    Jenelle from Teen Mom.
    So you could have also ended up pregnant too!
    EGAD!
    JENELLE, WHERE IS KEEFAHHHHH???
    That isn’t going to be funny if you don’t watch the show.

    It looks like so much fun!

    1. I don’t watch it, but I used to when I was nursing an infant Zoe back in the day. So much train wreck. Farrah Abraham lives in my city. Which is interesting. (Also, no thank you to the baby juju. There’s a reason it’s been 6 years since our last trip. We came home from that trip with a Zoe brewing in my tummy.)

  4. Those pictures tell me all I need to know. You sunned and funned, you ate and drank and smiled. (You probably complained and worried a little too…kids and all. 😉 )

    I love every picture and I’m so happy you got to see your family and do all the stuff you do when you’re not at home. HAPPY SUMMER VACATION.

    xo

  5. I, of course, LOVE all the photos! That one of Zoe on the boat is classic summer for me. Love that. And the lighthouse, so pretty! Glad you had a great no-shark-bites vacation!!

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