We had such a great time on our vacation. We went to Nags Head, NC. We stayed in a little cottage right on the beach. We spent a lot of the time playing on the beach. dh took the older two and played in the ocean while i played with the younger three in the sand.
On our trip we went to Jockey's Ridge State Park Unfortunately we had decided to go mid day and it was HOT! We decided it was not a good time to go so we went to the beach instead.
The next day we figured out that it is best to do an inside activity during the hottest part of the day. So we went to the Aquarium on Roanoke Island. It was a lot of fun. They had a touch pool where you could touch stingray and sharks. There was also a smaller area where you could touch seastar, crabs and sea urchins. Joshua thought the best part of the aquarium was watching the divers cleaning the shark tank. When the sharks were at the back of the tank the divers would wave to the kids. I decided i would NOT like the job as the shark tank cleaner.....So after that we went to the beach.....We also went to see the Wright Brothers National Memorial Museum.
It was really interesting! but it was also very HOT! so we.....
Went to the beach! :)
One night almost at sunset Timothy wanted to go back to Jockeys Ridge and fly kites. It was much more cooler that night and the wind was perfect for flying kites! Too bad mom was thinking ahead and purchased cheep kites at home...that didn't fly. They were so horrible that we threw them in the trash can! The best kites we had were 20+ yo plastic kites from when dh was a kid and they went to Nags Head....the kids had a great time playing on the dunes, and got covered in sand from head to toe.
We visited the three lighthouse of the Outer banks. The first one is Bodie Island lighthouse. By the time we got there it was closed for the day, so we only got to take a picture.
This is the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse you are able to climb this lighthouse. Joshua was too short to go in so dh stayed behind with one sad little boy. :o( I took the taller kids to the top. 257 steps to the top! My legs are still sore from that climb.
The last lighthouse is the Ocracoke Island lighthouse. This is the 2nd oldest working lighthouse. They never mentioned what the oldest working lighthouse was....
On the way back we decided to stop at the beach. This area of beach is not used much. I had heard from some ladies at the restaurant at lunch that this was the best place to look for seashells. We did find a few (lol) We could only take what could fit in our pockets.
Here is Sarah being a mermaid.
Emily had fun taking pictures and playing with the different features on her camera...and taking pictures of herself. lol
Jacob had a blast on his board.
Sarah and dad had fun playing in the sand.
And YES! Joshua did finally make friends with the ocean! :o)
The last part of our trip was to meet some friends we met on the internet! lol They are Lutheran home school moms/families, so it was safe. :o)
The kids had a blast playing with all the kids! the parents had a blast too! :o)
Exhausted and hungry we finally made it home. It was a great trip and we hope to do it again!