Beach Getaway - Duck, NC

I'm very excited because I've made a new commitment to my blog. I used to update my personal blog very regularly and it was a fun hobby of mine. Then, I started my first photography blog with a "photo of the day" theme. That didn't last long. I think I need words to get excited about a blog post. THEN, I started my first website and had a separate blogΒ that went with it. I kept wanting to update it, but would think "oh that's not about photography" or "that's not professional enough." Keeping my life separate from my blog was super difficult after years of blogging about my life. Now, I'm accepting that photography and my life really shouldn't be separated. It's wrong, very very wrong. So! Let me tell you all about a past weekend of mine. The husband and I aren't officially taking Β a summer vacation this year. This is a bit crazy for us. Well, for me. I actually don't think I've ever done this in my entire life (thanks, Mommy and Daddy!) and yes, I know how spoiled I am. But next summer, we're planning a big trip to Europe, so this year, we're saving up. I'm okay with this because I've wanted to go to Europe for ages.

Since we have nothing planned for this summer, when my grandparents invited us down to the beach with them for a few days I was especially thrilled. My grandma's sister owns a house in Duck, NC and we LOVE the Outer Banks, so it's always really nice going down in the off season when nobody is there. You might remember the last time we did this.



Nothing like a deserted beach to soothe the soul. It rained almost every day we were there, so when the sun came out, Erik and I headed to the beach. We walked until my ears froze off and then we'd turn around and go back to the house.



Erik always finds the best stuff on the beach. I remember in college, the first time we went to the beach together, he found a sand dollar. I was SO excited. I've been to the beach almost every year of my life and had never found one before. Naturally, the sand dollar was accidentally trashed days after we got home from said beach trip, but the memory remains!


This time there were tons of starfish everywhere. Sadly, these starfish weren't exactly... whole? Poor little guys.



Hey, it's me! There are never pictures of me, but Erik and I had just finished "camera class," so we had to put some of his new camera skills to the test. Good job, husband!





We had a great long weekend with my parents, grandparents, and all their puppies (four of them!). It's nice to have an excuse to just hang out and walk slowly for once.