Ocean Isle Beach (Picture Overload)

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Ocean Isle Beach, NC

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Our little bumblebee spent hours digging in the sand.

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Pop Pop and James

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sweet Colleen, always with her thumb in her mouth

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My mom made beautiful (reversible!) sun bonnets for each grandchild.

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I absolutely love this picture. Drunk on cold milk, napping on the beautiful beach quilt my mom made, listening to the sound of waves crashing, seagulls calling and Sophie laughing.

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My parents watched all four children while Katy, Tom, Andy and I enjoyed the water.

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the Rees family

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Sophie, thrilled to be spending an entire week with Daddy.

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Our brave Sophie—it took a lot of encouraging words to get her to venture into the water some days, and even then, we often had to hold her. “Swing me! Dip me! Swing me! Dip me!” Tired arms followed.

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I love Sophie in pigtails. She hates them.

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I could have spent hours, every day, at the beach with Sophie.

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Sophie also loved making, what she called, mud puddles. Every day, we dug these for her. She’s quite particular in how they’re made, however—and how fast her construction workers worked.

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My idea of beach heaven.

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Sophie’s idea of beach heaven.

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James tolerated sitting in the sand. Owen did not.

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sunset

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playground fun

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We celebrated a belated Father’s Day with my dad.

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Katy makes the best cards.

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He’s excited about his Paul McCartney tickets.

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The boys doing the thing they love most—standing on a couch and looking out a window.

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The boys doing the second thing they love most—drinking milk.

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a sweet nap

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cousins conversing

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beautiful Colleen

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Andy “watching” the boys.

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I love when a day simply requires a blanket, some towels, a chair, flip-flops and a kite.

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Sophie

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The kite flying was a bit anti-climatic—perhaps Sophie will enjoy it more when she’s older.

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sandy shoes

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Somehow Sophie always got the beach chair—and I always got the sand.

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One hot afternoon, while the boys napped, Sophie and I went shopping and stopped for ice cream (this is her second scoop—there was an unfortunate mishap with the first).

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We came back to find Katy and Colleen relaxing in the hammock.

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Sophie fell asleep snuggled up with me—I can’t remember the last time this happened.

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This was the view from our back deck.

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Strawberry shortcake for dessert, which Sophie loved.

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Sophie staying up late …

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playing hide-and-go-seek with Dad.

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This was the boys’ first time in a pool. Thank goodness for grandparents as we certainly needed an extra set of arms.

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It was Colleen’s first time in a pool, too!

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a Sophie-sized beach towel

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James enjoying the pool deck more so than the pool.

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Out of all the toys we brought, the kids loved the “pillow pile” the best.

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Uncle Tom made a pretty cool fort for the kids—that was popular, too.

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my dad

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my mom

James, Sophie, Colleen, Owen Ocean Isle, NC 1 July 2011

cousins and siblings

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grandparents and grandchildren

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Katy, Tom and Colleen

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Mom and Dad

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my kids

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my family

“Find what brings you joy and go there.” —Jan Phillips