A trip to the Outer Banks

Hi friends!

I hope you all are doing well! Chris and I spent last week with my family (my parents, brother, sister in law, and niece, and my aunt, three cousins and their two spouses and two babies. Whew!) at Corolla Beach in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, which was the perfect way to recharge before wedding season begins! It’s great to be home, but it’s also been nice to re-live the trip from my desk while going through these photos this morning  😉  Growing up, I saw my cousins fairly often, but we’ve really grown closer as three of the five of us and my aunt have re-located to the Nashville area over the last several years! My youngest cousin is in the Navy, and just returned from being on a boat for a year, and wanted to get the whole family together for a trip. It’s been awhile since we’ve all been together, plus, in the past year, we’ve gone from no babies in the family to three beautiful baby girls in the family! He picked out this amazing house in Corolla, and we had an absolute blast! Of course we had to document some of the adventures we had while all hanging out!

beach porch at sunsetOn the first night we ended up on the third story porch at sunset with my parents, brother, and sister in law. So peaceful, and maybe one of my favorite moments of the whole trip!

flock of pelicans

east coast surfer

Currituck Beach Light house

We were just a few minutes away from the Currituck Beach Light house

cattails at Currituck boardwalk

grandmas and grandbabies

I so love this photo of my mom and my aunt with their first grandbabies! So much joy!

beach volleyball fun

The house we stayed in also had a sand volleyball court! So awesome!

family vacation photos

family playing beach volleyball together

baby playing guitar

K playing guitar with Uncle Chris! Endless amusement  🙂

baby cousins on the beach

My aunt found these adorable dresses at H&M, so of course we had to take the babies to the beach for some photos! My niece is the one on the left! (Her hair!! <3 )

Outer Banks family photos

babies in the sand

beach family photos

corolla beach family photographer

baby playing with seashells

beach family photographer

Love this one!

baby crying in the ocean

But the view from the front was not as peaceful  😉  Someone was NOT amused to be sitting at the edge of the water! Poor sweet girl! Love K patting her back haha.

adorable baby in white dress

A was SO good for photos! Seriously, how cute is she?! Loved getting to love on this smiley girl all week.

sunset clouds at Corolla Beach

We saw some incredible sunsets from the back porch! Especially this one, before a storm rolled in.

Corolla Beach sunrise

Then the next morning, Chris and I got up and walked to the beach for sunrise. It was SO worth it, even with the lingering clouds from the night’s storm. So beautiful. There’s something so pastel and soft about the east coast–stunning in it’s own way when contrasted with the vibrancy of the west coast.

sunrise after the storm

Duck Deli and BBQ

Drove down the island to the town of Duck for some incredible barbecue one day!

Corolla Beach sand dunes

On our last full day, we set out to see the wild horses that live on the island, but were unsuccessful. However, we did get to see more beautiful sand dunes!

Thank you all for stopping by the blog! I hope this summer brings you many adventures, family fun, and lots of joy!

Have a great week!


  • May 27, 2014 - 4:08 pm

    Patrick - The first one is my fav…
    Well deserved time off for a beautiful daughter…

    The cloud reflection in the sand is crazy

  • May 28, 2014 - 11:16 am

    Terry N - absolutely beautiful! Love the babies. Great job as usual

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