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More from Bald Head Island


Well first a few more from camp. This was the first camp Cole went to. Camp Mary Orton

He had a blast. On family night we got to go hang out and do some zip lining.


It was a lot of fun.


Ok now it’s back to the beach. Isn’t this house the best? I love it so much!


Bald Head Island is my happy place. It’s peaceful, beautiful, and not too many people know about it. Shhh. Don’t tell. I’m serious.


That’s Blake out there- in his element.


And here is Eva in hers.


Jump and swim, jump and swim.


It makes me so happy to watch her swim. From the side of the pool ๐Ÿ™‚


I am counting down the days until we go back


And this guy- he’s just chillin’


These boys- I love them so much- even if 5 minutes later they were on the ground wrestling.


This boy used to be the biggest hothead, crazy boy. He is turning into such a nice guy.


And then there are these- seriously the arrival at the marina is almost the best part. The anticipation of the beach time to come.


When I tell you guys this is a special place- you have no idea. It’s beyond words.


We always go visit this spot. A 4.2 million dollar house used to sit here. It got hit by lightening when we lived in Chapel Hill. It burned to the ground.


It has awesome views


And now the lot is for sale for 1.3 million. yikes


Have I said I can’t wait to go back???



But really, don’t tell anyone how cool it is. Please.


Oh and meet my friend Stumpy- he lost a leg defending his pond…


Can you believe it’s July 20th??? Please time slow down.

Elizabeth - looks like pure paradise. Something about the beach and sand it’s indescribable isn’t it? That’s a gorgeous house is that where you stay when you visit?

Ginky - Love these pictures except the kiddos are growing up soooo fast. Also makes me miss the beach

470 Carwash open for business


This summer has been crazy with everyone going here and there. Cole is at camp this week and Austin has been volunteering at Habitat for Humanity all summer. We really haven’t had a week where everyone is home. Next week my nephew Max is coming up for the week from Texas.


But in between the craziness there are lots of moments of just normal


Like wonky loose teeth (now both front ones are gone)


And washing cars. I am missing that face right now. ๐Ÿ™ I hope he is having fun at camp.


Cole is still so snuggly and young- even though he just turned 13.


So far this summer has been a good one- ๐Ÿ™‚

Summer Weekends

Summer weekends are the best, aren’t they? I mean I honestly can’t think of what I could love more. Unless I was at the beach of course.

But here in the heartland in our urban farmhouse we make the most of these long warm days. Andy finished up enclosing my garden so the deer will stop eating it and I have to say I LOVE it!

This is pretty much what he made only bigger


Although I’m not gonna lie- I wanted something a little more like this


The deer would jump into that one though. They left hoof prints where they were standing in it before we put the fencing up and they ate my peppers and tomatoes! Not any more- now they only get the apples on the apple trees in the back. No one except Eva likes those anyway, too sour.


These pictures are from about a month ago. I am so behind with them.


He’s so handsome. I’m so glad he came into our lives. Most of the time.


We haven’t had the slide/pool deal out again since our first weekend with it, I think she has lost interest. Oh well.


Always good to take a break and do some dance moves


Sometimes she looks so big


7 going on 17


No seriously


This was the night they decided they wanted to light the fire pit with a piece of flint


I watched and said nothing that they had their feet next to the fire, you know IN the firepit!


All was fine because they couldn’t get it to work anyway. How did cavemen do it?!


These two have been clashing a lot lately. It’s nice to see them get along.


Even if it’s just for an hour or two!


Hope you are having a great weekend. We are about to fire up the grill for some chicken fajitas and fresh homemade salsa! YUM!


Recently I bought an olympus tg-4 underwater camera and we had so much fun with it on our trip to the beach.

I also bought the floaty camera strap for it, no worries if you drop it in the water!

It was so fun trying something new

I love photography. I love it all, vacations, the everyday, selfies with an iphone, you name it. Document your life people!

Because you know what? You don’t get a do-over. So embrace your beautiful messy life! It’s so worth it. Document it for your future generations!

I have a hard time getting in front of the camera. When we had our pictures taken by Tara Whitney I told her it was so hard for me. She told me to let it go. Take pictures of yourself. Your kids will appreciate it someday. Never doubt your worth.

It’s still not easy I know but jump in front of that camera mamas! Don’t worry about your hair, your weight, or what other people may say… Believe me I have dealt with it all. And you know what? The days that I cared are way over.

So get those cameras out and jump in front of them. You will be happy that you did. I promise ๐Ÿ™‚

So back to underwater photography. I looked into so many options. Underwater housing for some smaller cameras I had, underwater housing for my big camera, but ultimately decided on this underwater camera by Olympus. It just checked all the buttons I was looking for. I love the fact that it has manual settings and can shoot RAW.

I edited these to have an old school gritty film look but the quality is really quite good with this little camera

And I felt totally at ease handing it over to my younger kiddos to play with. It’s tough!

I can’t wait to take it on our next trip and play around with it some more.

Hope you guys are having a great summer- it’s going by way too quick!

Summer ’16

Well I am all out of order with my pics so I thought I would just randomly start posting. I had decided to take the first couple of weeks of summer off. To let the kids settle in, no camps, no extra activities.

Next thing I know we are weeks into all day all electronics. Which is not how I wanted our summer to go. Cole had a week at camp but besides that we were not getting out of our screen rut.

So those that know me well know what that means. Time to throw the kids in the car and get outta town.

Off to Bald Head Island we went.

We had the best time even though it rained on and off for the first couple of days

We watched Shark Week and probably shouldn’t have as it freaked Eva out.

But she got over it and we had the best time ๐Ÿ™‚

This particular day in the water was my fave

We are headed back in a few weeks and I can’t wait!

This time Hudson is going with us

We bought him a life jacket just so he can swim in the ocean and we won’t have to worry so much.

Trips away with my kiddos are the best. I am so glad that I always embraced experiences over things. This time with my family are best memories.

And now Summer is half over. So hard to believe.

I am trying to enjoy every moment. My last one before my first born goes to college.

Hope you guys are having a great summer- it’s such a short wonderful time of year!

Lisa - We are headed to the beach soon – what kind of camera did you use in the water?

Hannah - I think these are my favorite pictures ever. They feel like pictures from my childhood {because of the editing and grain} but they are just so cool. They *feel* like summer! Love it.
Love that you made a quick get a way too. I want so bad to hit the beach this year…but maybe not till Aug or September.

elisa - I use the Olympus TG-4. It’s an underwater camera ๐Ÿ™‚

elisa - I love the grain of them too- so fun to do something different with a different camera!