Seven Quick Takes: The Outer Banks Edition

Linking up with Kelly for some Quick Takes

Hello from the Outer Banks! Hubby, the G girls, and the three older kids went to the beach. The two younger kids are down for naps so I have a good two hours to myself. I figured I would spend some of the time getting out some Quick Takes and then I am grabbing a book and reading until the kids wake up.


Reading: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. This is my vacation book and so far I am enjoying it. I hear there is a movie, but I refuse to watch it because all movies based on books are never as good as the book. I am also super excited to get my hands on Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania. I loved his other works so can hardly wait to start this one.

Eating: There may or not be a bowl of popcorn next to me.

Listening: To the quiet in the house.

Wearing: Capris and a black shirt.

Praying: For all those who are experiencing extreme heat.


We rented a beach house out here in Kill Devil Hills and it has been great. Level one as the laundry room and a bathroom; the second level has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a sitting area; then the third level has the master bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, dinning area and living room. There is plenty of room for everyone and it doesn't feel crowded. However, there is a number of differences between living here and living back home in the country.

1. They have trash service here. You just put your trash in the bin and the dump truck comes and gets it. No, trips to the dump. 
2. Everything is close. You drive five miles and you will pass everything you could ever need. 
3. The ocean is right there. Hours of free enjoyment for the kids.
4. The internet. Free unlimited internet. We can use Amazon Prime movie and music. 

1. There are street lights that shine into your room all night. The bedroom is never dark. I need a dark room to sleep so this constant light isn't much fun. 
2. There is so much noise at night. There are always cars going by the house. Then in the morning the above dump trucks are out and about making a bunch of noise. 
3. Sand everywhere! True at home we normally have mud everywhere, but at least you can wash off mud. Sand never really leaves you. 

All that said, it is a nice place to visit but I like living in the middle of nowhere with no one around me. 


Field trips galore on this vacation. The kids love a good museum and Edith is always full of questions for the tour guides. 



We heard Baby K's heartbeat a week ago and it was wonderful and scary at the same time.  It has actually been sort of hard since then. With Joan it was only her little heartbeat that I ever heard from her. Never a cry or laugh. In the back of my mind, I keep wondering if that is all I will ever hear from Baby K. I continually pray for the strength to endure whatever may happen. 


This picture was from our trip to Rochester. I realized Ike was being really quite and when I went to look for him this is what I found....him with a doughnut that was halfway gone. He has such a guilty look on his face. 

My Hubby and I joke that Ike isn't happy unless he is covered in dirt or mud. This is him EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. I am not joking. He goes out and comes back covered in mud. I have learned to sort of just let it happen. He is a boy and a kid. His siblings also join in the mud fun, but never get as dirty. If you don't want your kids covered in mud than remember to never come to our house. 

When you are at the beach and it is hot, you get ice cream. 

The view from our beach house. That is the ocean out there!

The big kids play while I hid under the umbrellas with the little ones. 

Vacation is awesome because there is plenty of free time for coffee and reading. 

Hubby is growing a beard on my request. Swoon...there is just something about a guy with a beard.

She has the whole ocean and she plays in a bucket of water. 

The beach = hours of free entertainment. 

I don't burn easily. The last time was probably 10 years ago. Well, it has happened again. 

7. I leave you with some pictures from our adventures this morning. 

We first had to pick up some kites. 

Then we headed to the sand dunes and got the kites ready. 

Hubby getting the kite up. 

Hang gliders near by. 

The G girls getting their kite ready while Edith and Greta watch on. 

Both kites are now flying.  

Sand is fun. 

Have a great weekend everyone!


Day 4 - Another Day at the Museum and Lake Ontario

Ike needed a much needed nap so we hung out in the hotel in the morning and then headed over to The Strong Museum of Play (again) in the afternoon. 

Sorry, some of the pictures are dark. 

The museum also has toys on display and I find it funny that a lot of the toys are things I played with as a kid. 

Once they found this area they really didn't want to leave. 

After dinner, we headed out to visit Lake Ontario. 

The kids are thrilled. 

There was a park there and the kids can't pass up a park. 

Have a great Thursday Everyone!

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