Shortly after Bella was born, Lance and I began fantasizing about a vacation. Our planned November trip to Miami was cancelled due to my bedrest, so our last vacation was when we went to Savannah and Hilton Head back in August. For diehard travelers like us, this seemed like an eternity.
So the wheels in our brains began to churn, trying to come up with somewhere that we could easily take Bella, and perhaps even Titan. I had been to a four hour work meeting in Nags Head last June, and at the time thought that the area could be a good one to explore for a long weekend. So I suggested the Outer Banks to Lance, who, despite growing up less than 90 minutes away, had never been. When he liked the idea, I headed over to my favorite vacation-planning site, http://www.homeaway.com, and began looking for oceanfront, pet-friendly rentals over Memorial Day weekend that wouldn’t break the bank.
After a few days of searching, I found the perfect spot in Kill Devil Hills. It was a 2 bedroom apartment on the ocean, with easy access to everything that we wanted to explore. The price was better than we could have hoped for, and with the extra bedroom, we were able to invite our friends Kate & Joe (and their 13-month old, Nolan) to join us.
We originally planned to leave Friday after work, then Lance was able to switch a day off and get all of Friday off and I was going to take a half day. Then, that week, I reconsidered whether it was smart to travel in the height of Friday-before-Memorial-Day traffic midday, and took the whole day off. So at 9 am, with my Toyota Matrix stuffed with baby and beach paraphernalia, we headed for the OBX. We totally lucked out, and hit absolutely no traffic. Bella slept until we were about 10 minutes away!
The trip was totally what we needed. We were able to do some relaxing on the beach, visited the Wright Brothers Memorial and Jockey’s Ridge State Park, and had a lot of unhealthy, tasty food. (As an aside, do not miss Duck Donuts or custard from Kill Devils. So, so good.) All six of us, including the two babies, even went to a relatively fancy dinner (fancy for the Outer Banks at least).
After a chilly Friday and Saturday, on Sunday, it was warm enough to attempt to wear bathing suits at the beach. Bella was able to touch her toes in the sand for the very first time!
We wanted to dip her toes in the water. We did it very quickly and right before we were heading inside, but the water was cold!
Sunday evening, after our nice dinner out, we attempted some family portraits. Lighting is best closer to sunset, but this was right at Bella’s bedtime. So as you can guess – more angry Bella pictures.
It was so much fun, albeit filled with new challenges, to vacation with Bella. Throw in good friends that we don’t get to see very often, and the trip was a perfect way to spend the long weekend.