We went to the Beach!



We went to the beach! This trip was a long time coming with our friends and it was such a fun weekend. Justin and I were chatting and realized that this was our first trip as a family of 4 that didn’t involve visiting our extended family.

Our friends are our local family, and this beach trip was right on time.

There was basically no plan, which sounded perfect to me, and each family took over a meal. Everything went quite smoothly, which is sort of amazing considering there were 10 adults and 8 kids under age six in one house!














The only thing that I forgot was each of the boys’ swim shirts. I had sunblock, of course, but I prefer them to wear the rash guard/swim shirt as well. It wasn’t terribly sunny, which meant the weather was perfect for being outside and not getting too hot, but we still lathered them up with sunscreen.

Is there anything harder than trying to put sunscreen on a one and two year old? Justin takes the “let me talk you through each step and show you how I will wear it too” method while I just take them outside and lather them up as quickly as possible!

The boys wereΒ exhausted after the weekend, understandably. I’d love to be in their heads while they tried to figure out why we were all living in the same house!

The house we were staying in was positioned exactly 2 doors down from a tiny ice cream shop, so we walked down there and got ice cream one night. My favorite part of the weekend was the morning. I loved seeing people shuffle into the kitchen, some with their babies in tow, others by themselves. We went through nearly an entire bag of coffee in 1.5 days, and only half of us (at best!) drink it!

When I look back on my life (which I’m doing a lot of lately because I’m turning 30 next month), I see a lot of different seasons with different friendships. Sometimes I only had a small number of close friends, other times I had a wider range of acquaintances and friends. But, some of the deepest, most connected friendships, though, have been in the last couple of years. I don’t know if that is more about me, or about my friends, but I’m very grateful to have these sweet friendships.

photos were shot with my Samsung NX500.

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  1. Fran says
    Posted May 5, 2016

    The smiles on your boys’ faces says it all – what a lovely post! You’ve made me crave the beach now, particularly as it’s sunny for once in the Cotswolds, and I’m stuck indoors preparing for my last exams at university, at least the end is in sight!
    Glad you had a great trip, thanks for sharing x

    • Kate says
      Posted May 5, 2016

      congrats on finishing soon!!

  2. Lindy says
    Posted May 5, 2016

    Kate, would you please write a post about your thoughts on turning 30? I turn 30 soon too, and even though I have to deal with more beauty issues than at 20, I am so excited to turn 30. I feel much wiser than I did 10 years ago and I’ve settled into a wonderful life with my husband and kids.

  3. Aileen says
    Posted May 5, 2016

    This looks like such a great trip! Did you use your Samsung camera to take the photos in this post?

    • Kate says
      Posted May 5, 2016

      I did!

  4. Brooke says
    Posted May 5, 2016

    This is a beautiful beach….which one did you go to??? Also, the jean short you have on, where are they from?

  5. Kelly says
    Posted May 5, 2016

    You look you are in Wilmington, in my neck of the woods. πŸ˜‰ We haven’t been to the beach yet this year….I gotta get on it. Have fun!

  6. LindseyC says
    Posted May 5, 2016

    I knew where you were as soon as I saw the walkway picture! Lol. My mom actually lives a few blocks down, and my husband and I got married at the exact house you stayed in! Your pictures made me nostalgic this morning, I’m so glad you posted them πŸ™‚

  7. Megan says
    Posted May 5, 2016

    Yay for turning 30! I did it 3, almost 4 years ago and it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought! I remember I wasn’t married yet, but on the verge of getting engaged, and we were married less than a year later. I haven’t noticed feeling older or anything, and don’t plan on it πŸ™‚ The beach looks amazing- love the NC/SC coast!

  8. Lauren says
    Posted May 5, 2016

    There is something so rejuvenating about beach vacations! It looks like you had such a great time. It’s been a few years since my husband and I rented a beach house with friends. I’d love to do it again now that we all have little ones!

    Fizz and Frosting

  9. Bethany says
    Posted May 5, 2016

    Love the jean shorts! Where did you get them? It is hard for me to find shorts that are that length. Also, the beach was beautiful! What beach did you guys go to?

  10. lily2 says
    Posted May 5, 2016

    Lovely post. I turned 50 last year and we’ve been ‘best friends’ with a couple starting when we were in our mid 20’s. We’ve had numerous weekends with them like you describe & I got a bit nostalgic reading your post. 30 Schmirty…you’ve got this!

  11. Tracy says
    Posted May 5, 2016

    Im dieing to know if you were in Topsail or Emerald Isle area! Thats where I live πŸ™‚

  12. Judy S says
    Posted May 5, 2016

    Thanks for the pictures. (That’s my sister and brother-in-law’s house you were at!) I recently got that same camera and I look forward to getting great pictures of my grandchildren!

  13. A New Old Fashioned Girl says
    Posted May 5, 2016

    You guys look like you had so much fun! I can’t wait til it’s warm enough to swim in the ocean in Maine.

  14. McCall J says
    Posted May 5, 2016

    Same questions as everyone else, where are the cute shorts from and where’s this beach? (State, city, etc.)

  15. VerbalGoldBlog says
    Posted May 5, 2016

    I love reading about your different excursions. Beach trips especially are my faves!

  16. suzanne says
    Posted May 5, 2016

    Looks like you had a great time! Happy adorable little boys! I used to have our girls naked (or in a diaper) to put on sunscream(as they called it). Once it dried, we put on suits and headed out. Have you tried that? Maybe it will be easier?

  17. Posted May 5, 2016

    I love how you are so “in the moment.” Looking backwards and forwards is good, but experiencing the moment is a gift. Happy-Coming-Soon-Birthday.

  18. Claire says
    Posted May 5, 2016

    Looks like you had a great time! We are looking forward to many trips to the beach this summer also! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Posted May 5, 2016

    If we weren’t leaving for the beach tomorrow, I’d be jealous! Looks like y’all had a great time!

  20. Posted May 5, 2016

    aw fun! a beach vacay- with friends. what could be better! vacationing with kids surely isn’t always easy.. and to have 8 in one house!?

  21. Posted May 5, 2016

    Your family look so happy in these photos! My daughter was a year when I took her to the beach for the first time. She LOVED it, she was like a little fish. We are going back in September..any traveling advice for bringing a toddler to the beach? Any toys that David enjoyed at the beach?

    Ps: I forgot my daughters car seat (in the car, we flew) last year so my husband had to locate a walmart or babies r us, before we could check into our condo. It happens to the best of us!

  22. Jaclyn EC says
    Posted May 5, 2016

    I love this πŸ™‚ Also, it astounds me that you’re 29 because you’re so mature for your age. I’m 21 and I look up to you greatly!

  23. Katherine says
    Posted May 5, 2016

    Beautiful pics of the beach and your family!! We are battling low temps and lots of rain here in the northeast so it’s nice to see the beach and think ahead to warmer days!
    And boy do I remember sunscreen and swim shirts for my boys. Fun, fun!! ?

  24. Melissa says
    Posted May 6, 2016

    Cannot handle Luke’s chubby legs. Cuteness overload!

  25. Posted May 6, 2016

    What a fun trip! We have never taken a beach trip w/friends but I would love to! How much fun that must have been!!!

    Turning 30,for me,was great! It was a busy time for us.We had our 1st daughter at 29 -i was 7mo away from turning 30.Then 3 yrs later,I had our 2nd daughter. I loved my 30’s.I have so many fun memories of my 30’s.Those are great,wonderful yrs!

    Turning 40 was another story.Lol I was not looking forward to it. Now I’m 41 & 6mo away from 42! I have decided that age is just a number. We are only as “old” as we feel. Our girls keep me feeling young.I have people (all the time) sound surprised when I tell them my age.Lol! Just in case you want to know how I stay so “young looking” I lather in Pond’s Face Cream every night and day.Lol.Hahahaha.

    Kate You are beautiful,smart,inspirational & I love checking in on your blog for hair tutorials and super adorable pics of your boys.They are little dolls.
    Enjoy those 30’s- Embrace them for they will be gone in a blink of an eye.
    Happy Mother’s Day to you!β™₯

  26. gturn62 says
    Posted May 7, 2016

    Look at Lukie go! Could those chub legs get any cuter? Happy Mother’s Day, Kate! Glad you got a chance to get away with your family.

  27. Lauren says
    Posted May 15, 2016

    This looks just like where my family and I stayed in OBX, NC last summer! We had such a great time and I hope we can all go back soon!

  28. Kim says
    Posted May 18, 2016

    Kate, please tell me the brand of your shorts! Perfect length!

    Love your blog – Kim