Nov 4, 2014

Emerald Isle Family Beach Vacation 2014

One of the things D and I most looked forward to in moving back to the states was this very beach trip. You see, big family beach trips are our thing. My family's thing. Before moving to Germany, we were going on these family vacations almost every year (as long as no one was getting married or extremely ill). It's always been the same cast of characters...my parents, little sister, my aunt, uncle and cousins from Kansas (the Kansas cousins, as I've dubbed them on this blog in posts past), D (since we started dating), my cousin's hubby (since they started dating), and when they were still living, my MeeMaw & Papaw. In our younger years, we'd settle for a trip to good ol' Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. As we got older and my parents realized us "kids" didn't need to be enterained 24/7, we started renting beach houses along the coast of North Carolina. More secluded, more relaxing...how real beach vacations with family are supposed to be. Besides, have you been the NC coast? It's a total dream. Who wouldn't want to spend a week (or forever) there? My home state is the bee's knees.


Prior to this summer, our last big family vacation was this beast of a European adventure. It was crazy, it was insanely fun, and absolutely a once in a lifetime vacation for my entire family. We all feel incredibly lucky to have been able experience Europe that way. Prior to that, our last family beach trip was in 2009...two years before Germany was even a thought. When my mom called this past January to tell me the family wanted to do a reunion beach vacation to Emerald Isle, just like old times, I cried after hanging up the phone. D and I both missed vacations like this. We missed spending time with our family. We'd traveled pretty much non-stop throughout some of Europe's most beautiful countries, but we always longed for a true family vacation...back in the comfort of North Carolina sand and sea.


Our week with family at the "Dreamsicle" on Emerald Isle was nothing short of magical. The weather was incredible (far cry from the sweltering heat & humidity of Florida at that time), the relaxation was abundant, and the time spent reconnecting and goofing off with our sweet family was worth its weight in gold. Tuck even got to join in on the fun. His first beach trip ever. My heart could have burst from being SO FULL after that week! We did almost nothing, too. No, really. Laying on the beach, winning at Bocce ball, watching the boys boogie board in the ocean, sunrise walks to the Pointe, having random dance-offs to beach music, sitting on the front porch chatting about anything and everything as the waves crashed in the distance, drinking wine and laughing until our sides hurt, playing pool pong and riding around in the golf cart for hours looking for deer and turtles, cooking family dinner and watching Dancing with the Stars all huddled up in one king-sized bed...there's about a million and a half reasons this family beach trip goes down as one of my favorite vacations ever. I actually think I only wore make-up one day that entire week. If that's not vacation, I don't know what is! Needless to say, after such a memory-filled getaway, it was a far way to fall during that car ride back to Florida when it was all over. The following week proved to be one of the hardest I've had since moving back stateside, but I chalk it all up to being so blissed-out from all the family togetherness. North Carolina & amazing family will do that to you. I'm living proof.


I wish everyday that we all lived closer together, but one thing always keeps us connected…our love & need for family time and the beautiful NC coast. We're already looking forward to our next Emerald Isle family beach vacation! It's a tradition I hope continues for years and years to come. :)

Do you and your family go on big family vacations?
If so, where to? 

16 comments:

  1. Did Tucker go crazy in the sand? Shelby acts like a wild child! Emerald Isle holds a special place in my heart - I'm so glad you had an awesome week there!

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  2. Aw so fun! Tucker is ADORABLE! I love him. I miss family reunions. I don't even remember the last time we had the whole family (my moms side or my dad's side) together! Maybe 1997? I couldn't imagine how fun it would be to see everyone again!

    That orange colored house is the best.

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  3. Glad you had a good family vacation. The beach condo's look so cute. It been 2 years since I did a family vacation.

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  4. These pictures are AMAZING! How special to be able to get your family together for awesome vacations?!

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  5. oh man, i so know what you mean! our last big family beach trip was in 2012. it was a surprise celebration for my parents 40th wedding anniversary. all us kids rented a beach house in Maine for a week (we're talking parents, 5 siblings with all their spouses and 12 grandkids. awesome). let me tell you - it was just about exactly what you just described. heavenly, filled with a whole lot of nothing but family and good times.

    ps one of my sisters used to live in south carolina and it was my favorite place to visit - i LOVED it out there!

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  6. This looks like the picture-perfect family vacation dream. You look so happy! xxx
    www.monkimau.blogspot.com

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  7. 1. Tucker is the cutest 2. Dreamsicle? I want to stay at that place just for the name! :)

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  8. Such a fun trip!!!!! :) I love all the photos.

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  9. Okay so it took me a minute to realize you didn't mean Ireland when you referred to the Emerald Isle, even though you did reference your home state many times! I must be having a slow day!!! This vacation looks amazing nonetheless! I always envied families that made vacations like this a priority when I was growing up! I can't wait to start traditions like this with a family of my own:)

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  10. This sounds like such a fun family vacation! When we were younger we used to always go to a beach house for a week before school started. Hopefully we can start this tradition back up again!

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  11. Looks like so much fun! I'm so happy I discovered your blog! :)

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  12. I always think it would be awesome to live on a beach (in a house) and go for walks along the beach that said I live only 15-20 minutes from beaches and I never go to the beach. When we were in Hawaii in a hotel across the road from the beach I didn't bother to walk along the beach at all...............

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  13. Gorgeous! There's almost nothing like the North Carolina coast....except for the New Jersey coast! My family and I are actually heading back to Stone Harbor, NJ in June and I cannot wait! We started going because my grandmother and grandfather used to vacation there and they LOVED it. It's a very small beach town and nothing like the Jersey Shore! :) We had our best family vacation there a couple of years ago and I can't wait to go back!

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  14. Looks like an amazing time!!!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  15. Aww I love the beach photos of Tuck!

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  16. I LOVE the pictures of the colorful beach houses along the shoreline. That is exactly how I've always imagine N Carolina to look like. It looks like you guys had so much fun too!

    Angie from reasons to dress

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