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June 24, 2012

Emma & The Outer Banks of North Carolina

As a child, before our first summer vacation to the beach, we asked my Mom over and over again to tell us all about the ocean and the beach. 

 I can remember her telling us about how magical it is to feel the sand between your toes. 

She described how soft the sand is compared to that in our sandbox...

and how the waves would come in to tickle your feet.

And that the water would be cold.  Really cold.

She said to always wear a hat and plenty of sunscreen... still to this day.

She said there is nothing quite like a day at the beach.

I don't think I'll ever get over waking up to the sound of the ocean outside my window...

...the way the sea air feels on my face,

Or going to sleep with the sound of crashing waves.


  1. Just found your blog through Lee Caroline.... It's truly a pleasure to read! Love the Outer Banks... We spent many family vacations in Nags Head, very fond memories. I also enjoyed reading about your honeymoon in Italy. We just returned last week from Italy and I wrote a post about it. In fact, I posted the exact same ceiling in the Vatican photo that you have included as well! Can't wait to try some of your recipes and I look forward to your new posts!

  2. Anonymous8:20 AM

    So CUTE!!!!!

  3. Pure sweetness.

    There truly IS something magical about the beach. What a wonderful memory your little family created.

  4. How sweet! I know Emma is loving it (and I love her little polka dot swimsuit!) The Outer Banks is a neat place to visit...wish I could remember the good restaurant we ate at...seems like it was Owens - had been around a very long time. You should visit (if not stay at) the Sanderling Resort in Duck...beautiful place to see- and Duck has such a different vibe to me than the rest of the Outer Banks.

  5. Absolutely sweet! Your daughter is so lucky to have you teach her the history and traditions of life that are worth remembering and keeping.

  6. Anonymous5:02 PM

    Very cute pictures of Emma, looks like an awesome Family day!

  7. There is nothing like the ocean to see, smell and play and then to go to sleep by. Reminiscent of our years on Cape Cod! Lucky for all of you, especially Emma who looks as happy as can be. Once you experience the East coast ocean you are always drawn back.

  8. ok, this is just ridiculous.. ridiculously ADORABLE!!! OMG... EMMA is just so precious.... thanks for sharing... You and your husband seem to be such great parents.....

  9. Emma is just so sweet,beautiful photos. I am really lucky where I live as I am only a short walk from the beach but not such a sandy beach as this. Nevertheless it is lovely living near the ocean and hearing sea gulls overhead.

    You have a wonderful blog and I often share links with my readers to some of your recipes and crafts.

    Lee ☺

  10. her little legs are precious!

  11. Adorable! Absolutely precious! I have been telling my husband for 2 years that we need to go to the Outer Banks or anywhere in the Northeast. I just love reading all about your seaside escapes. Carrie

  12. Hi, Jenny. Just wanted to say that I love your site, visit often, and always eager to see a new picture of Emma

  13. Anonymous6:57 PM

    Hi Jenny,
    My name is Jane and I'm with Dwellable.
    I was looking for blogs about Sanderling to share on our site and I came across your post...If you're open to it, shoot me an email at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
    Hope to hear from you!


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