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This was our first day- after long hours in the car…. The first day is usually the best. But this trip had so many great days.

I enjoyed my two week break. It was needed

I love being at the beach- it clears my head.

Yesterday as our first pod was delivered and we started unpacking stuff that I haven’t seen in a year and a half I realized that living the way we have has made me feel so vulnerable. Seeing my stuff again gave me a comfort I haven’t felt in a very long time.

Such history. So many good times.

One of the great things about having a blog is to see where you have been and where you want to go. And I miss what I had. I miss our home. Our home life.

Because this is what is so important to me.

Austin heading out for a run in our gorgeous beach neighborhood.

I love my family more than anything in the world.

It has been a rough year and a half.

Taking a step back is what I needed.

And as we settle slowly back into our house and start to feel a sense of home that we haven’t felt in a couple years there is a peace that makes me very happy.

So many new changes ahead- Andy changing jobs, deciding Eva needs another year of preschool, total refocus- total moving on.

These pics were taken with my Samsung nx300. no editing. just capturing:)

I will talk about where we stay in my next post- since some of you have asked.

Jules M - I too love the beach. I’m so glad that you were able to take the family & some friends to relax in your happy place. I swear that there is something in that salty air that just relaxes us. You take a deep breath in & exhale all of the worries. Good luck as you settle back at home & continue to finish the house. Keep those you love closest to you & let them support you as you need it. I’ll bet that they know how much you appreciate it & support them when they need you. Good luck as school starts. I can’t believe that we have been buying school supplies already!

Rosemary Beach

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Since we had to be out of our house for 2 weeks while they did the hardwood floors I decided to take the kids and few friends to the beach.

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7 boys and 1 girl and 1 mom.

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As crazy as that sounds it turned out to be a great week.

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All the kids got a long great and the olders were very helpful.

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The water was so clear the kids spent the entire week in the water fishing and boating.

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This crab was not happy about being caught

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I love this pic of these two

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The crab gave Austin a good pinch before he took him back to the ocean.

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More to come

elizabeths08 - Wow you are brave taking all those kids to the beach. At least they are all old enough to watch themselves…no serious babysitting going on. Looks like a great time! Your the coolest mom!

dani - can you share the details on the place you rented in FL? we did the OBX last yr…rented a cabin in WI on a lake this yr and looking for another gem….
we like you travel with other families and kids and that place looks like heaven!!! cant wait to see pics of the new house…congrats on finally getting in

hannah - Love Love Love. You really shine at teh beach :)

Fun things in the shop

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Lots of fun bags and fabrics in the shop- just thought I would throw some color your way!

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One of my all time faves is back!

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Perfect for back to school!

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Click link at top of page to see more!

Last Day

Today is our last full day at the beach. I am so glad I was down here instead of stuck in a hotel at home. All 8 kids were great- it was a perfect way to wrap up summer.

When I took the dogs to the farm the garden was looking great- plan to raid it on the way back home.

She looks like such a big girl…. still trying to decide on K or pre-K for her. Going down to the wire on this one.

Farm Pretties

Awkward adolescent

Blake wants an El Camino for his first car- the kid is an original that’s for sure.

The island granite got delivered while I was gone. It’s called Super White- but really more gray.

We stop at a hotel on the way to the beach and these boys dissect a firecracker that they found along the way

She is a bed hog

The water is so clear they can see fish, rays, and sand dollars.

Fish

The youngers

Headed out to pick up chicks

Words not needed…

Date night

To the beach we go

Dinner?

Back at home my floors get stained

Austin runs twice a day- one night his buds joined him

But not these two

late night snorkeling

it’s not ugly here

A rare moment of peace

wish 5pm could look like this every day

Little friend

The crazy two

My new barn door

Off to enjoy the sun and waves- love it here. But ready to head home and get my house put together!

Lisa - How did you keep all those boy children fed? :-)

hannah - These look awesome. I need beach. I really, really, really need a vacation. Really.

Can’t wait to see the house.

30A

Its been a few months since I was down at my fave place doing shoots with these amazing kiddos

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And their little brother Oakley

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Their mom was so cool- 8 kiddos. And they live at 30A

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And Oakley?- the coolest dude ever

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I was just happy Blake wasn’t there because this orange Jimmy??? Sweetness. He would have been going nuts.

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But there were other cute kids too

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It was my first time staying at Alys beach- usually we stay at Watersound.

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Every community is so different but so freaking cool

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When we moved to NC I was afraid we would never go to 30A again. Since we had beaches 2 hours away.

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NC beaches don’t compare to 30A beaches. At all.

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And these pics don’t relate to this post. At all.

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Except that they were taken at my fave place ever. The place I would pack it all up and move tomorrow if I could.

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I almost don’t want to talk about 30A- because it is already so crowded. If people only knew how awesome it is it would be even more crazy packed.

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So Shhhh keep it quiet

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I wish I was raising my kids there. I can’t imagine a more awesome childhood

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I have soooo many more pictures that I need to go through from the Savvy workshop. More to come!

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Oh and 30A? I will see you in 5 days. Can. not. wait.

Amy Jo - These young girls are beautiful. And their fashion sense is amazing….maybe I need to start taking little ones with me on shopping trips. Their taste is impeccable.

Elizabeth's - Is this by Rosemary beach? I saw a show recently on HGTV with Vern Kip and he was building a Beach house holy moly! Adorable town and the homes? TO DIE FOR!!!