The cottage rental where we stayed was just behind the main road in Chicahauk, secluded among scrub oak trees and situated in the same neighborhood as our family-owned cottage from childhood. It had an outdoor shower and full wrap around wooden deck, just perfect for boisterous little children during the day and sips of wine during the sunset each evening:
Thursday afternoon Tim indulged me in a drive down the ocean road to check up on old favorites like the Kitty Hawk Pier, Wink's, the now retro motels:
Separately, my sister and I piled the 3 oldest kids in the car to go see Jockey's Ridge for the first time. This had been a favorite stop from our childhood and we were eager to introduce the same fun memories of climbing the "tallest natural sand dune in the Eastern United States" to the next generation.
It's amazing to look back at photos from our last family beach trip and see just how much the children have grown in the last 5 years. In fact, we celebrated Sophia & Benjamin's 5th & 6th birthdays while on vacation since they fall so close together (they were both born in August within the same year).
As always, thank you for taking the time to check in on what we've been up to. Now back home and with September just around the corner, it's the time of year where a fresh start feels possible. The little children are heading back to school, Brandon is embarking on his last year of college, Stephanie's moved into a new house and is preparing for a new teaching job that begins this week. Tim and I are also making plans to tackle a few house projects from the back-burner this autumn and are generally feeling optimistic about what the busy season ahead may bring.
How about you? Do you have an end-of-summer ritual or also feel like September's return welcomes a new beginning?