Friday, September 16, 2011

Trip to North Carolina

We started our drive after Derek got off of work and we had plans to drive as far as we could until we got tired. So we made it to Virgina after driving through downpours of it rain and a couple different detours around 2:30 in the morning. This point the kids were all asleep but as soon as we stopped at the hotel for the night, all the kids woke up and wanted to know if we were at the beach. After a good nights rest we head out again and only had a few hours to go. We saw lots of mountains in the morning and here are so pictures. My favorite picture is of the Runaway Truck Ramps!

 The kids entertaining themselves with movies and DS. I also packed each kid a bag full of goodies, candy, and a few small toys. They loved it and kept them busy for a while. The kids were so good on the drive down and back. It really surprised me, there was no whinning!!
 We arrived around noon to the hotel. The kids loved it! We had 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and then a sleeper sofa and a full kitchen. We stayed at Tiffany's Motel at Topsail Beach. We was so much fun!
 This was the first night and we went out for dinner.
 After dinner I wanted to take some pics of the kids outside the resturant. There was a outside terrace to eat but it led down to the beach. The kids had fun making funny faces.

 Except Mekie, she always has such a pretty smile!
 They were so excited to get in the water! This was Ash and Mekie's first time seeing the ocean!
 Before we headed to the beach, I told the kids to be careful not to go too far out in the water and explained the tide to them. Ash was too scared to even go in the water and Mekie took of running and Derek had to go after her! In one ear and out the other with her.
 Ash and Ethan stayed up on the beach for a while and collected sea shells. We had quite the collection by the end of our trip. We even had a few snails.

 After a day everyone had warmed up to the water and loved it. We were there all day some days and they never asked to go back to the hotel.
Ethan loved having daddy cover his feet up with sand.

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