Outer Banks Family Vacation

Craig, Bailey, and I spent last week on the Outer Banks of North Carolina with my parents and Erin. We rented a house in Southern Shores. None of us had ever visited the Outer Banks, so we were excited to see what all of the fuss was about!

We decided to take Craig's truck on this trip so that we could bring our kayaks. We spent time on a few different occasions paddling through the canals that feed into the sound. The kayaks turned out to be fun for the whole family with my sister and parents trying them out also.

Another benefit of bringing Craig's truck on the trip was that we were able to explore the off road beaches in Corolla! This was a really cool way to see parts of the island that are normally cut off to most visitors! It was amazing how many houses were on this stretch of "road". Although, I must admit it was a little dicey at times trying to figure out which "lane" to drive in, but still a ton of fun!

No trip to the Outer Banks would be complete without a visit to the historic light houses. We were only able to make it to two of them--Currituck and Hatteras. The Bodie Island light house was under construction and we never quite made it as far down as Ocracoke.

My sister Erin is a HUGE Nicholas Sparks fan. I think she has read every one of his books. So, naturally we had to make a pit stop in Rodanthe for a quick Nights in Rodanthe tour. We stopped off at the village's visitor center to get the scoop on where to go. Erin was very excited to meet the lady who played Jill, the woman who Richard Gere killed on the operating table in the movie (she was played by the woman who works at the visitor center). Anyway, Erin got some insider information about how the movie was shot, how things were edited, etc. I think this may have been the most exciting part of the whole trip for her... even though we didn't manage to bump into Richard.

As usual, my family felt up for a little adventure. So, we dediced to try out hang gliding. My mom and Bailey decided to sit this adventure out! They watched from the ground as the rest of us glided (we were towed up behind a small plane and then dropped free once we reached 2000 feet). Depending on each of our comfort levels, the instructors would spin, twist, flip, and drop the gliders. I LOVE roller coasters, so I was all for that! All I can say is that this was TOTALLY AWESOME!!! Well worth the money!

We, of course, spent some time on the beach! The beaches for absolutely gorgeous! The water was unusually cold for this time of year according to the locals we talked to, but I think we all still managed to enjoy ourselves!

By far the best part of our trip was the time spent with family!

Can't wait to do it again next year... hopefully the Wojo and Beckwith branches of the family tree will be able to join us next time!


Play Dates...

...are so much fun!

Yesterday Bailey had her friends Maelen and Connor over to play at the house. While the babies played we mommies got to partake in a little lunch and conversation. I believe everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves!
Later in the afternoon we went to the park for some more play time at the park. Unfortunately Connor was so tired from the play time at our house that he fell asleep and didn't get to enjoy the park with the rest of us.
Bailey had a super fantastic time swinging in the big swing all by herself for the first time! She was absolutely mesmerized by Maelen swinging next to her!

Remind me again why I work instead of playing like this every day?!?


Surprise Anniverary Weekend in Asheville!!!

Saturday Craig took me to Asheville for a early anniversary weekend full of surprises! I knew that we were going, but I had no idea what we were doing or where we were staying. Bailey stayed at home with my mother-in-law, Bev, so that we could get away just the two of us!

The first stop Saturday morning was at the North Carolina Arboretum. Craig had read that this was one of the nicest botanical gardens in the southeast. We enjoyed the scenery as we explored the gardens.

After leaving the Arboretum we went to the Biltmore Village for lunch at Rezaz for some yummy Mediterranean food! We spent some time walking around the village after lunch. Our next stop was in Asheville's River Arts District where we walked through the various studios/galleries and then ended our tour with a couple of pints at the Wedge Brewing Company.

From here we went to check in to our room at Hotel Indigo, located in downtown. The lobby and rooms were just beautiful! After a quick nap (remember we are sleep deprived parents) we headed back out for tapas at Zambras where we shared in some more VERY delicious dishes! After dinner we strolled through the streets of downtown Asheville where we happened upon Shindig on the Green, a free bluegrass and folk music festival held throughout the summer. We sat down to enjoy a couple of songs before moving on to more fun in downtown.
The next morning we did a little more walking around and a bit of shopping in downtown before lunch at Carmel's. Somehow each time we visit Asheville we seem to end up at Carmel's for lunch on our last day.
Our next stop was extremely top secret. Craig drove us out to Barnardsville, in the middle of no where to this place...

The only clues Craig gave me before going were that it required that I wear either pants or long shorts and that we would be outdoors. My mind was racing with the possibilities... although after much contemplation I made my mind up that we MUST be going horseback riding. BOY, WAS I WRONG!!! Once there I am told that we are going on a Navitat Canopy Adventure! Most DEFINITELY NOT horseback riding, but still VERY exciting!!! Apparenjtly Navitat is brand new, only opening this past May. The course has 10 zip lines--the highest one is over 200 feet off of the forest floor; the longest one stretches over 900 feet; and on the fastest one zippers can reach speed of about 35 miles per hour! IT WAS AWESOME!!!

On a lot of the zips you couldn't see the platfom on the other end... you just had to put yourself out there in faith!

Craig zipping in for a landing!
I must say, eventhough this Wednesday will mark 3 years of marriage for us, we're still far from being an old married couple!
What an awesome weekend full of AMAZING surprises! What a cool husband I have!