June 3, 2009

Paradise? I think, yes.


Oak Island, North Carolina


We're having a great time at our beach house!   We've been coming to this same beach town for 14 years, and this particular house for six.  It has everything we need (which mostly is: beach, fridge and beds).    Five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and something like 57 seating options (really!  We counted chairs a couple years ago and it's pure craziness here!).  We are happily lazy with books, good food, sunshine and a nice breeze.

Our excellent friends, Bill, Roxanne, Greer and Shea share the house with us.   We met through La Leche League, when Kate was a toddler and Chris was embryonic...about 19 years ago.  Greer fits right in between Chris and Kate, agewise.   The threesome have had many adventures while growing up.  Shea is 9 and a good friend to Hannah.  



So far the week has gone well.  Chris is up to his usual biologic discoveries...finding the first crab and spotting a skate in a tide pool (a skate is similar to a stingray, but no stinger).  Hannah and Kate have been riding the waves, while James and I tend to anchor in our beach chairs reading.

We had this corn snake visitor on our shuffleboard court, devouring a sparrow!



We have already checked off most of our ritual activities on our beach must-do list:  Putt-Putt (yes, I am the gloating champion), Dairy Queen, puzzle completion, watching The Princess Bride,  board games, lunch on the porch for dripping little girls, and late night walks on the beach.   



I hope it's summertime for you too...

11 comments:

Lovin Mama said...

Looks beautiful, wish I was there! Its chilly and rainy in PA.

My name is Sarah said...

My mom and me were just about ready to come find you until we saw the snake. We both freaked at the same time. I like Hannah's haircut. Have fun.

Beverly said...

Oh, you are so lucky, it is beautiful there! Have fun and keep away from the snake!

Ria said...

It sure looks like paradise! Except for the snake. eewww.
:-)

Kimy said...

I am so glad that you guys are having a good time! Reading about how much you are having is making me really look forward to our trip to Myrtle Beach this summer.

Natalie said...

I think yes, too!

Monica said...

If I closed my eyes and had to imagine Paradise, that would totally be it! (well, minus the snake) Enjoy~

Lily said...

Looks like a great time! Happy summer.

Wendy P said...

Oh, it's sounds lovely! (Well except for the snake.) Y'all have fun!!

exnyers said...

looks and sounds WONDERFUL! glad you're getting some R&R. you deserve it :) i love the pic of james and hannah!!!

PS. i also echo the other anti-snake comments. it is interesting on some level, but not that close up!

OH!!! and my word verification thingy is "sharknur"!! how appropriate!

Dawn said...

I just got around to reading this post and I'll have to admit that I'm very jealous now. I love the beach and that house and view are gorgeous.

It sounds like a great vacation and I'm glad you had such a great time.