Soakin’ Up the Sunshine

Well hello hello,

When I left you last I was getting ready to go on a vacation with my hubby and my in-laws to the wonderful Outer Banks, NC. I said that I was going to post while I was there, but to be honest, I was having so much fun and just enjoying being away from my everyday life that I kind of forgot and kind of just decided I would post when I get back.

It was just a wonderful vacation! TJ and I both desperately needed it before this huge move coming up in just over three weeks. We needed to take that deep breath before the plunge. It was great! We both feel extremely refreshed personally, as well as in our relationship with each other, and our relationship with our Maker too. We had both just gotten so tired lately that we hadn’t had time to focus on us and the things that we loved about each other and we also got time to focus on how amazing The Creator is as we watched the huge waves and the clouds and the rain and the lightning and the thunderstorms. Seriously, it was an amazing week!

However, a week is a long time and a lot happened in that week! So, we have a lot to catch up on here. Let’s dive in and see!

We got there in the afternoon on Sunday. It was a gorgeous day! We got to the house, got settled into our rooms. Our room had this huge bathtub. We currently do not have a bathtub and I love taking baths so seeing this huge tub just made my day already. Haha! After taking a nice leisurely soak, TJ and I decided to head down to the beach before dinner. We love the OBX and it was just so relaxing to listen to the waves and hold hands with my hubby as we walked along the beach. We thought it would be cute to take a picture with our backs to the waves. Well, the first one did not turn out so well.

Since we wanted our backs to the waves, that meant that the sun was in our face. I was definitely not enjoying that lol.
The second picture on the other hand was much better!

I somehow managed to suck it up long enough to get a decent picture! Yay!

The rest of the night was spent eating dinner and enjoying a relaxing evening at the house! It was just beautiful there!
I spent some time relaxing by the pool in the backyard!

Monday was our 1 year anniversary. We got to spend our 1 year in our honeymoon location and we were just thrilled about that! We went out for lunch at our favorite local Italian place right across the street from where we were staying. We both had the Italian Chicken Cordon Bleu sandwich. Oh My Word! That was seriously one of the best sandwiches I have ever eaten. It has some pesto along with the normal chicken cordon bleu and it was all on their homemade ciabatta bread. So delicious!
We thought this would be another perfect picture opportunity.

I got a new dress a Kohl’s just for our lunch, and it ended up being perfect for other days at the beach too lol. You also get a glimpse of the blonde on one of the sides of my head. It is on both sides and the neckline too. I had to pull my bangs back because otherwise, with the wind at the beach and the top down on the jeep they were getting blown all over the place and sticking up in strange positions.

We spent the afternoon shopping around the little shops right there by the restaurant. We have this favorite little shop called “Try My Nutz”. They have all kinds of flavored peanuts, cashews, pecans, etc. I got the Butta Toasted Cashews. So delicious! We went into this one jewelry shop called The Mystic Jewel and they had this one sterling silver starfish ring that was just stunning. I loved it! But it was a little bit more than I usually pay for jewelry (usually no more than $10-$15) and so I decided to hold off and think about if I really wanted to get it. Well, we went back on Friday and it was gone. Someone had bought the last one at that store. I was told to go check the store in Duck because they might have one. I went back to the house a little sad but knew it happened. On our way out on Saturday morning, TJ persuaded me to stop at the Duck store and there it was, the last one they had! I made sure it fit and bought it right then and there. I love this ring!

Tuesday brought a cold rain into Corolla, which meant I did not want to go swimming in the ocean. The rest of the gang did not really want to go out into the ocean very much either. TJ and I thought it would be fun to take everyone up 4×4 country and see where we stayed for our honeymoon last year. It is about 11 miles up the beach road. It takes a good bit of time to get up there. The road is not smooth either, it is sand and that means bumps and sometimes splashes if you get a little close to the water. Even though it was rainy, it was just beautiful!

After coming back to Corolla, we headed on down to the outlets where we hung around for a while before dinner at Big Al’s. It was a nice relaxing chill day as we waited for the storm to roll through.

Wednesday was super cold because of the rain the previous day. There was no way I was getting in the water. It was freezing. So instead I built a sand jellyfish. I completely forgot to take pictures but it was pretty awesome not gonna lie. TJ built Delm’s Heep. It was not quite as grand as Helm’s Deep so he switched some letters around to make it his own lol.

Thursday finally brought some warmth! The water was getting warmer but still not enough that I wanted to get all the way in. Plus the waves were just huge. Dad came in and said that the waves were just knocking him about. This provided a nice opportunity to work on my chaco tan and my overall tan while reading, my favorite beach pastime. I definitely did not want to lay out in my chacos that much but if you are a true Chaco wearer, you must have a chaco tan and it is super hard for me to get a chaco tan unless I am super diligent about it because I just don’t tan so I gave in and laid out with shoes on.

 Friday was awesome! It brought warm weather, warm water, and not so big waves! Yay! This is what I like when it comes to getting in the water. I got all the out and got soaked and had a blast playing in the waves. I finished reading my book and over all it was just a great last day at the beach. I could not have asked for a better ending to a much needed wonderful vacation.

After all my laying out, I finally have a visible Chaco tan! It took all week to get to this point but I got it!

Saturday was our travel day. I had one last stop (after the Mystic Jewel of course) that I wanted to make before we left the OBX. I had seen a store called The Knitting Addiction when we went to the outlets the other day. I did not have the opportunity to stop then so I had to stop on our way out of town. Oh My Word! It was just awesome!  So many different types of yarn and patterns and all kinds of other awesome doo-dads. I was in knitting heaven seriously! I only bought two 100% cotton skeins. But after finishing my friend’s dish cloths, it did not take me long to get those skeins onto my needles and into my Epic Blanket of Insanity. Here are the two skeins and the dish cloths.

A nice blue/purple multi-color. 🙂

And a nice bright multi-color that went right into the blanket right away! 🙂

Here are the finished dish cloths for my friend! She is great for helping support us move across the country! Take a look at my Help Us Move! page if you would like to help support us in our move to Colorado!

We had a great vacation! We both realized we would have no problem living and Lord willing maybe someday we will live there! Who knows? It was nice to enjoy the Atlantic Coast one last time for a while.

See ya!

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