Saturday, August 7, 2010

Beach Vacation 2010

In July, we spent a week at Kure Beach, North Carolina (near Wilmington) and had the most relaxing vacation. The weather was perfect!

We stayed at my cousin's beach house.
This is the guest cottage. Isn't it the cutest little house?
Here is a picture of the upstairs TV room.
I love this shower. And the bathroom is huge!!! The windows look out onto the ocean!
There is a lot of art in the house, but this picture is my favorite. I love these ladies in their "old timey" bathing suits.
This is a cottage that sits behind my cousin's house. I just love this cottage!
This is the boardwalk that runs along the edge of the beach. You can walk on the boardwalk all the way to the pier. At night it is lit up.
This is an old fishing pier that is right down from the house.
Adelaide and Tom out on the boardwalk walking down to dinner. Isn't the sky pretty?
Holly went with us to the beach. This is her friend, Mr. Turtle!! Our canary, Sunny, even went with us on vacation. Sunny loved watching the seagulls at her perch by the windows. I forgot to take her picture.
Dinner out. Who wants to cook on vacation?
We spent our days chilling out on the beach reading books, taking walks and people watching! The weather was gorgeous!
I love watching the seagulls. This guy was enforcing the laws!!!
I loved feeding the seagulls. All you have to do is throw out a bit of food and they all come swooping in to get their share.
This is a view underneath the pier.
I couldn't resist taking a picture of this sand sculpture that we saw when we were out walking one day.
Adelaide and Tom getting ready to walk to dinner.
Checking out the fishermen on the pier. We loved walking out on the pier after dinner.
These big pelicans were all over the end of the pier waiting for people to give them fish. They were so much fun to watch.
I love turquoise, so this was one of my favorite houses in the neighborhood.
I thought these houses were real pretty too. There were so many colored houses at this beach.
This is the local park at Carolina Beach (next to Kure Beach). There are paddle boats to ride. On this day, we went down to a Farmer's Market/Craft show. There are musical events held at the park during the week and they even show outdoor movies on Sunday night.
Lauren and Thomas came down to join us for the last weekend we were there. They were on their way for a week of vacation with their friends, but we enjoyed having them with us for the weekend. I love my daughter and son-in-law!
My 2 Lilly girls!!! We were waiting to catch the ferry at Fort Fisher to ride over to Southport to eat dinner. I am so blessed to have such beautiful and sweet daughters!
The cars drive onto the ferry for the ride over the river to Southport. The seagulls follow the ferry as it crosses. We got out of our car and walked around to enjoy the scenery.
This is another ferry that we passed en route. They go back and forth about every 30 minutes.
We are all wearing our Lilly today. Any clue as to whether we love Lilly? It was a bit windy. Excuse our crazy hairdos!!
This is our favorite place to eat at the beach. It has been written up in Southern Living and lots of other magazines. It looks like a fishing shack and the part where you sit and eat is out over the water with open sides. The food is so good!!!
Provisions is famous for their shrimp and crabcakes! A bit messy, but delicious!!

As you can see, we had the most amazing week at the beach! We didn't do a whole lot, but that was the beauty of the trip. We just enjoyed our lazy days on the beach and our time together as a family. We enjoyed eating out, watching movies in the evenings, working a 1,000 piece puzzle and just being together! We all got some much needed rest and relaxation and made some wonderful memories!


  1. Beautiful beach and also ladies!

    We have never visited that area. I will have to check about campgrounds there.

    Glad you had a safe vacation!

  2. beautiful pictures and a beautiful family!

  3. Looks like everyone had a great time...your cousins house is very nice...I too love that artwork of the two ladies in the vintage swimsuits.


  4. What a wonderful vacation! We live an hour and half from the beach but just don't ever seem to find the time to go. I love the peacefulness the waves seem to fill me with. Have a blessed day!

  5. You have such a lovely LOVELY family! I really enjoyed your vacation pics and now I WANT TO GO BACK TO THE BEACH!!! ;-) You all were so pretty in your lilly!

  6. How fun!! Gorgeous pictures, too! Love all the Lilly. xoxo

  7. I've never heard of Kure Beach, but it sure looks pretty. Your cousin's beach house and guest cottage are both adorable...and so are all those other houses. Cute cute cute.

    Love the photo of you with your girls in the Lilly dresses.

    Oh, I LOVE the piece of art! Love it.


  8. OH, I love the pics!! Looks like y'all had an awesome time!!!


  9. Wow, looks like yall had a blast! I love all of your Lilly! :)

  10. I'm so glad you enjoyed your vacation so much.
    I have been to most of the places you listed and I know you had a great time.

    You have such sweet and pretty daughters, I know you are proud.

    Smiles to you all, Donna

  11. It looks like a wonderful place to vacation to! I love the NC/SC coast. Does your cousin rent out the cottage?

  12. I've been to Kure Beach before and it is great! Looks like you all had a very wonderful time! Memories!

  13. Now THAT looked like a great get away! Clearly I need to find myself a (couple) dress!

  14. That looked like a ton of fun! My brother and his family go to Ocean Isle beach in NC every summer for two weeks. Do you know where that is? Is it close to Kure beach?

  15. I cannot think of a better vacation! Enjoying those lazy days of summer with family on a beach - sounds perfect to me.

  16. What a lovely post ... I felt as if I was with you! I need a Lilly dress! You and your girls are beautiful.
    The cottages are adorable ... I could live there!
    We haven't made a trip to the beach this year maybe in Sept.

  17. I have always wanted to visit that area. Looks like a wonderful time spent with your beautiful family! Hope you can stop by soon!

  18. Wow! That is a lot of vacation! Good for you! I hope it was an excellent time!
    That house is just darling! And the painting with the ladies is a hoot :)

    The colored houses on the beach are very pretty. I imagine, not unlike older subdivisions out here in the styx where everyone lives in the exact same style of house — you can tell which one is your by the actual color of the house.

  19. Ah, now I NEED a beach weekend! Thanks for sharing the week.

  20. It's 8:30 am and I am salivating over the shrimp! :)

    You ladies look so lovely in your Lilly. I am a fan too.

    Thanks for taking me along.

  21. I've read your blog and your daughters' for a while now but have never commented. I was actually at Provision Company the same night you all were. I spotted all of your Lilly outfits and thought you looked familiar and then saw you again in the t-shirt shop across the street. I thought about saying something but I was never sure if it was you all and didn't want to look like a crazy person!

    We love Provision Company, even though it looks like a bait shop, they have the best food. We eat there every time we are down there.Hope you all had a great vacation!


  22. Brandy, I wish you had spoken to us. We would have loved to have met you! That is so ironic that we were at Provisions at the same time. Love & blessings from NC!

  23. I'm so glad y'all had a wonderful vacay! All your pictures are great! I love the beach!

  24. What fun to get to see such great photos and to be back at the beach in a flash in our minds! Thank you for the trip and I didn't have to spend a cent:)

  25. What a FUN post! Loved all the photos...your family is precious, that little chihuahua is TOO CUTE, and that sandman was a hoot!
    Thanks for sharing your vacation experience with us!


  26. What a wonderful get away that you all had! Kure beach is lovely. It looks very restful and quiet and your niece's guest cottage looks very comfortable. Your Lily outfits are so pretty..perfect summer colors!

  27. This looks like the iconic vacation! Great food, lovely place to stay, Holly at the beach, and a great sun tan! Your family is gorgeous!


  28. What fantastic pictures - it could be promotional material for Kure Beach!! Looks like a perfect vaction:) and I just LOVE that cottage! I think I'm up for a trip to the NC coast!! :)

  29. What a beautiful place to vacation! I'm really enjoying getting to know you and your family via your blog.