Saturday, August 14, 2010

I'm baaack!

Ahhh...summer vacation.

I look forward to it every year, and it so bittersweet when it finally arrives.

Because I know it will too soon be over.

It was a fabulous 10 days, and I have about 1000 photos to go through, but I gave myself 5 minutes to pick a few and do a quick post.

One thing I took away from this trips is that I have decided to buy myself a vintage-inspired bike. Who knows...maybe even a pink one!

I did spot an aqua and cream one at Walmart, of all places, while I was in North Carolina.

 I wonder if Illinois has something so cool? I'm going to check first thing tomorrow.

The beach was fantastic, as always. But why does there always seem to be that one guy that shows up with his metal detector??

I think it is just a ploy to get closer to the girls.

Look you see him??

 Does he really think pirate's treasure has washed up on a tourist beach?? He circled those poor girls about 5 times.

Oh, and here I am with my niece going out to surf.

Ok, ok. So you caught me in a lie.

Maybe 10 years ago I could have fooled you but those days are long gone.

I confess..I was busy eating a Snickers bar as they walked by. My backside hasn't looked like that since about 643 Snickers ago.

Have I mentioned the scenery yet??

The lifeguards water and sand at the beach were gorgeous!

This was "Maverick"..."Goose" was out on patrol while I was stalking his friend.

Maverick (I just love saying that name, was he even born when "Top Gun" was out??) even did a few Baywatch moves for us on the 4-wheeler.

My 17-year old niece was a little swoony over the way his curls blew in the breeze when he rode by. (Ok, ok...caught me in a lie again...I was slightly loving it, too.)

But the highlight of the beach was this nephew William. 10 years old and plucked straight out of Iowa. He was seeing the ocean for the very first time.

Don't you love the "Aunt Mary pleeease stop making me take pictures" pose?? He was so embarassed.

He was a little unsure at first...the waves were a little intimidating...but really wanted to get out there and surf with the other kids.

But I think he changed his mind when he realized the Atlantic was a little colder than he had expected.

I am off to do about 30 loads of laundry...and watch all my favorite shows that are stacking up on the DVR.

Happy weekend, girls!

I'll be back Monday!


  1. Hi,

    Sounds like you had a great vacation at the beach! I just got home from my beach vacation to Topsail, NC last night and it was fabulous. Don't you wish you were still there? Me too!


  2. Yippee for the beach, we have our beach vaca planned in Union Pier Michigan. I want a little cottage out there so bad...maybe someday. If you get the bike, show it off, I want one too. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  3. Your nephew is a cutie! I've always been a sucker for little boys...I have 2 grown little boys, my husband has 4, and we have 8 grandsons!! There's nothing like them.

  4. What a wonderful vacation. Your nephew is adorable or should I say handsome :) Good luck on the bike search they are sooooo cool looking.
    Welcome back.

  5. Hi Mary....the water looks perfect! great pict. of the beach

  6. Love your post! You are so funny!! Great pics!!! LOVE the BEACH!!!!!!!!! :)

  7. What a great vacation!! You are so funny! I was just telling my friend that other day that when I was 17 the boys did not look like that! The 80's were interesting :) So glad you had a great time an got to share a first with you nephew! He is so cute!

  8. oh.sigh. looks absolutely divine!! the beach that is... ;0)
    so glad to have you back, can't wait to see more!

  9. That looks like my kind of VaCa! I love, love, love the beach! And, how fun to be with your niece and nephew. Extra Fun!

    Welcome home,
    (I call it re-entry, and it is Shocking!)

  10. Welcome back!
    I totally thought that was you in the rockin' bikini!

    Such beautiful shots, and your nephew is a doll.

    Yes, get that bike! I'm going to get one, too. :-)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  11. We just made arrangements for Labor Day weekend at Nags Head. How I LOVE the Outer Banks and the ocean in general. Glad y'all had a great time. :)

  12. I live in NC and haven't made it to the beach yet this year. I have a 10 year old William too.
    I love boys they are so much fun. I am glad you had fun. I haven't been to Kitty Hawk. I ususally do Carolina Beach or N. Myrtle.

  13. Great pics Mary. Love your sense of humor. The scenery was mighty fine indeed. Glad your home:)

  14. Hi Mary...I live in NC, love the beach! I'm usually at North Myrtle Beach most of the summer but I do love the Outer Banks and try o get there at least every other year or two...hoping to get there this Fall. I love Rodanthe and Cape Hatteras. I think I looked at the same bike @ WalMart...and wanted it so badly!!
    Have a great Sunday! I really enjoy your blog!
    Come visit mine when you get a chance...
    Tammy :-)

  15. Welcome back, Mary! Glad to hear you had a great vacation. How can you not at that awesome looking beach!!

    Love those bikes... the powder pink color is perfect!

    Your nephew is a cutie! I don't blame him for not going in. LOL

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend! I know it will be hard with all that laundry (bummer). ;o)
    Hugs ~ Jo :)

  16. Looks sooo relaxing... I just got back into town from our vacation and I think I have 29 loads to do.. you win! :)

  17. Awwww Mary, You've always got a way to make me smile =)

    Happy Weekend to you too! The Lady of the House

    PS William is stinkin' cute!

  18. What fabulous beach photos!! Love the girls going surfing had me convinced!! Really you did!! (grin)
    Glad you had a terrific time.

  19. Uh-oh. Now I'm really, really missin' the beach!!!
    Glad you had a great time!

  20. Aw, I was with my Iowa Boy the first time he ever saw or stepped foot in the ocean, on our honeymoon! We were in Charleston, but this brings back memories!

  21. Glad you're back and that you had an awesome time. I was totally rocking the subway tile in my kitchen while you were gone- slightly less exciting than going to the beach. Did you find any good shops on the way?

  22. Oh your nephew is so cute! I want little boys. Which means inevitably, I will have girls, right? Haha. It looks like so much fun! I had no idea there was surfing out there. I love to surf but somehow I always feel I have to go to like Costa Rica for it? Maybe I am just nuts.

    And I hear you on the Snickers bars. Snickers bars are what drove me to the gym!

  23. Hi, lovely post! Sounds like you had a great time! Your nephew is adorable but have to say that comment about those 643 snickers bars just cracked me up!!! take care, Maryann

  24. Welcome back Mary. It looks like a great time was had by all-- until it was time to hit the laundry ;-)
    Cheers, jj

  25. You had me smiling all the way thru....Your nephew is far more handsome than "Maverick" - what a cutie!

  26. Oh, what fun, Mary! Your nephew is a doll!

    Welcome home!

    : )

    Julie M.

  27. Welcome home! It looks like your vaca was just wonderful and how funny you your pictures and looks like a great time!