Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Emerald Isle Spring 2016 -- Part III

Since it rained a couple of the days we were there, we did a puzzle!

Cherryl and I found this tiny, baby sand crab while we were sea-shell searching.

We got a four-generations photo! I'm so glad Bear has such a wonderful grandmother (Nonna) and great grandmother (Gumbie)! It was nice to be with them and get to celebrate Mother's Day a little bit early.

My sweet roommate for the week. 

From our afternoon in Swansboro

Our last morning at the beach -- enjoying some breakfast and ocean air on the deck.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Emerald Isle Spring 2016 -- Part II

Just a few more pictures of my favorite place...

This beautiful Great Egret just flew up and landed on our deck one morning. He hung around for about 30 minutes and was just as nice as could be. 

Cherryl stayed out on the deck with our new friend the whole time -- the rest of us were a little too nervous for that. 

While we were there, our Bear turned 10 months old. This was the best picture I could get of this wiggly, crawling, sweet boy!

This is more indicative of the attempt at photos. He's on the move, y'all!

Auntie Cherryl did a great job of keeping Bear entertained and happy. Larry was pretty much done with our day of shopping in Beaufort. 

This is my favorite store in Swansboro -- Poor Man's Hole. It's like a real-life version of I Spy. 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Emerald Isle Spring 2016 -- Part I

Oh, Emerald Isle...

I love this place. And this time I got to experience it with my sweet babe in tow. He went with us for the August trip last year, but he was only 5 weeks old and mostly slept, so he didn't get to really experience the beach. 

This time he got to go down to the beach twice for about 10 minutes each time. It's a lot of work to get a squirmy, crawling baby beach-ready (sunscreen, fresh diaper, swimsuit, shoes, hat, blanket, sunglasses -- that will be promptly removed -- and a bag with snacks, bottle, sippy cup, more snacks) for only about 10 minutes of enjoyment (read: trying to keep him from eating sand). But I'm glad he got to experience the beach!

This doesn't even show everything... It's no joke packing for/traveling with a baby.

And going to EI in the spring is always nice because the beach is completely empty. 

My roommate (that cute Bear), woke up every morning right around 6:30 am, so we got lots of good morning time out on the deck before the rest of the house woke up. Bottle and breakfast on the deck with an early-morning view of the ocean? Sounds good to me!

And baby swimsuits! I just love these tiny swim trunks. He got all decked out in his beach gear for a short trip down to the actual beach. 

We also had some rainy days, so we hung out inside on those days.