Vacation and a Mandatory Evacuation

Jimmy, Sadie, and I arrived in the Outer Banks over the weekend and headed right back home on Tuesday due to an emergency evacuation in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian.

We met my family at my parents’ beach house and had a lovely few days together! We spent our time swimming, playing in the sun, eating seafood, and enjoying all the babiesΒ (and dogs–six between all of our families to be exact!).

How about some pictures?

Couples on beach with dog and babiesDad holding baby in he air on the beach

Sadie had an absolute blast on the beach! When we visited in April, she didn’t get much of a chance to play in the sand, so it felt like a new experience for her this time around.

She wasn’t a big fan of the waves, but enjoyed toddling around in the sand, meeting other kids, and making sandcastles!

Mom and dad building sandcastle with babyBaby girl sitting in beach chair on the beach

It was really nice to spend time with my parents, siblings, nieces, and all of our dogs. It’s tough to coordinate all of our schedules to get together all at once, so having a few days of uninterrupted family time was incredible!

I’m really excited to see “the girls” continue to grow up together and spend time at the beach each summer πŸ™‚

Three babiesDogs in pool

One of the best aspects of visiting the Outer Banks in September is that restrictions on bringing dogs to the beach are lifted, so we were able to share our beach time with the dogs.

Jimmy and I brought Mavis to the beach with us one night while we looked for ghost crabs with my sister and her husband and we discovered that little May May likes to hunt ghost crabs! We’re 99% sure she ate one that she caught, lol.

Cocker spaniel with ghost crabGuy laying on couch with three dogs

Despite the incoming hurricane, we had wonderful weather! The high temperatures were in the 80s, it was sunny, and the beach was relatively empty after the Labor Day holiday.

Jimmy, Sadie, and I managed to take a few walks together and we talked about how we dreamed of taking Sadie to the beach while we were on our babymoon. It was a beautiful full circle moment that we thanked God for ❀

Family on the beach with babyKill Devil Hills beach ocean Outer Banks North Caroline

While our time was cut short, we truly enjoyed every moment we were able to spend together.

There’s nothing like the blessing of time to just let go of daily obligations, relax, and refresh. We came home feeling ready for the next season!

Girl wearing baby in carrier on the beach in Outer Banks by the oceanBaby girl sitting on bed smiling

I’m praying anyone in the path of Hurricane Dorian stays safe and that those impacted by it will have minimal damage and be able to get back to normalcy as soon and safely as possible ❀

Have you ever been evacuated or had to cut a vacation short?



  1. I am all the heart eyes for that last picture of Sadie! ❀ I'm so glad you guys had such a good time together as a family even though you had to evacuate early. What a blessing for these sweet cousins to get to grow up together! πŸ™‚

    1. Aww, thank you so much, Rach! It’s funny, that picture was the least “staged” type picture of our whole trip (I actually took it at an Airbnb on our way home!) and it’s one of my favorites. Funny how that always seems to happen with photos πŸ™‚

  2. It sounds like a wonderful time away, and I can’t get over how adorable Sadie is! It’s fun watching kiddos on the beach, because the experience really does change each time (depending on their age). It’s always a new adventure and makes for precious memories! πŸ™‚

  3. Our families vacation home is in Colorado so we haven’t ever had to “evacuate” due to a hurricane. We have gotten stuck in the Mountains before because of snow but we rarely complain about that!! Have you ever thought about going somewhere other than the beach with little Sadie? Also, how is her eating going?

    1. I’ve always heard how gorgeous Colorado is! Do you guys ski while you’re away? I think I’ve only been skiing once or twice, but it was a lot of fun. Getting stuck in the mountains and snow sounds so cozy! I would love to take Sadie somewhere other than the beach!!

      Her eating is going so, so much better! She is swallowing a lot more food! Woo hoo πŸ™‚ Thank you for checking in on her! I am way late on her 11 month update, lol!

      1. We do go skiing when we’re in the mountains over the winter BUT when we go in the summer we enjoying going for long walks, hikes, and taking bike rides. If you are looking for a mountain town to visit shoot me an email because I’d love to share about my parents place in the mountains! πŸ™‚

  4. Because my daughter and Ex live in Louisiana, hurricane warnings are a closely watched thing in both her household and mine. Happily they didn’t have to evacuate for the storm earlier this year, but they spent a lot of time without power. I’m proud to say though that Grace and Rachel were absolute troopers and took it all in their stride!

    1. Oh wow, I’m sure that is nerve-wracking with your Ex and daughter being in a state that gets hit with hurricanes. No fun. I’m glad they didn’t have to evacuate! So sorry they lost power, though. That’s always so tough because you never know when it will come back on! Props to Grace and Rachel taking it so well πŸ™‚

  5. Oh no! I’m sorry the vacay was cut short but it truly sounds like an amazing time that you did have. The photo of all the babies is too precious & I love the one of Mavis & the crab. Can’t believe she ate one, hehe. Thanks for sharing your beautiful memories with us, Allie! β™‘

    1. It really was a great trip while we were there!

      Ahh, all the babies were the best! And Mavis chasing and catching crabs was absolutely hilarious and one of the highlights of the trip for us, haha!

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