If there is one thing we all look forward to every year, it's going to the beach! Doesn't really matter WHICH beach, just so we get to the East coast once a year, though I will say I prefer the Outer Banks of NC over every other "local" beach. And, the Outer Banks is exactly where we went. My parents have a time share there, so we are able to stay for free ... just need money for food, gas and souvenirs.
Our rental was from Sunday to Sunday, but we hate to sit around that day before, so we always head to Williamsburg for the day/night. So, Saturday morning we got up, packed the car and headed South! We didn't do much that evening ... just had dinner and did a little shopping at one of the Outlet Malls, but it was the perfect start to our vacation ... we just WEREN'T in NoVa. :)
Sunday morning, after breakfast, we headed on down the road the rest of the way to our final destination. We did our grocery shopping for the week and got settled in our ajoined rooms/suites. We had a pretty awesome set up this year, too! Our rooms were at the very back of the resort (I consider the back to be the side closest to the ocean), so we were ocean front AND pool front. It was PERFECT! There was even a really cool tower lookout right by our rooms that you could climb up to get a better view of the ocean.
Thursday morning Jacob and Pap went on a crabbing outing where they caught a few crabs, but they were so small they threw them back. After we all packed up and headed down to Manteo for lunch at Big Al's and then we took the kids to Roanoke Island Festival Park. The main reason I wanted to take Jacob here was the real, live pirate ship he was able to climb aboard and explore. He had a blast with that!!! He also had a blast exploring the hands-on museum they had. :)
On Friday we had a pool day AND we discovered Henry is now big enough to wear floaties and he already knows how to keep himself afloat while wearing them. :) He's my little water baby! ... well, where pool/bath water is concerned - he's still not a fan of the ocean. lol Anyway, it was super cute to watch him swimming around with everyone else! Friday night we had dinner at this other VERY yummy AYCE seafood buffet called Jimmy's Seafood - we ate there last year and loved it!
Saturday, our last day of vacation ... boooo!, we had another beach/pool day and I finally got some boogie boarding of my own in!! It was so much fun ... I don't think I've done that since I was a kid! Saturday night we had dinner at Dirty Dick's (and can you believe this??? As often as my parents have gone/go to the Outer Banks, they have NEVER eaten at Dirty Dick's?!?!?! That's crazy to me! It's been there for a long time!), and then did some more shopping.