Outer Banks

Family photo at the beach in Outer Banks

Visiting The Outer Banks in September

Last year when we were evacuated from the Outer Banks in early September due to Hurricane Dorian, we vowed to never visit in September again because of the high risk of hurricanes. So what did we do this year? We went to the Outer Banks in September, LOL. 

Family photo at the beach in Outer Banks

We were blessed with no hurricanes and a blissful week of rest and joy. We met my parents at their beach house in Kill Devil Hills and had such a lovely time.

The weather was definitely a mixed bag; the first few days were windy with rough surf due to remnants of a couple of hurricanes that thankfully didn’t hit the Outer Banks. The rest of the week was just right, though. Some sun, some clouds, high 70s and a calm ocean.

What we were up to all week:

  • Relaxing! Jimmy and I were in the hot tub every day, sometimes multiple times a day 🙂
  • Attending church. We visited Son Rise Church of Christ and also watched our home church’s revival via Facebook Live.
  • Playing at Dowdy Park. Sadie loved all the play structures there and so did the adults, ha!
  • Vlogging. I posted two vlogs from our trip; this one and this one!
  • Hanging out on the beach. Sadie was a little fearful of the ocean but loved playing in the sand.
  • Ordering in lots of seafood. A few of our favorite restaurants if anyone is looking are: Black Pelican, Awful Arthur’s, and Miller’s.
  • French braiding. Yes, I regularly braid six-strand challah bread, but just learned to french bread hair. 
  • Walking on Jeanette’s Pier. We saw a surfing competition the day we did this!
  • Visiting the Duck Boardwalk. Jimmy and I got Sadie her birthday gifts there (this book, this book, and this little toy) and grabbed some vegetables from a farmer’s market stand.
  • Playing mini golf. Jimmy and I went on a little mini golf date and he beat me!
  • Celebrating Sadie’s second birthday. Sadie turned the big t-w-o while we were away! We bought her a balloon at Dollar Tree and she has been playing with it ever since. 

Alright, enough typing. Here are a few photos!

Duck boardwalk in Outer BanksOuter Banks with a toddlerOuter Banks surfing competition at Jeanette's Pier in Nags Head North CarolinaGrandpa with toddlerOuter Banks fishing off of Avalon's PierDowdy Park in Outer Banks North CarolinaCouple sitting by pool in Outer BanksGirl holding cocker spanielGrandparents with toddler at beach in Outer Banks North CarolinaCute family photoOuter Banks North CarolinaMom reading to daughterDowdy Park Kill Devil Hills North Carolina in the Outer BanksThree generations of women braiding hairToddler playing with magnetic play house toySmiling husband and wifeJeanette's Pier aquarium

The Outer Banks are such a special place for us. I grew up visiting almost every summer of my childhood, Jimmy and I honeymooned there, went on a babymoon there, and now we take Sadie to visit as much as possible!

There’s just something about being near the ocean and having time to relax and not do much of anything that brings so much joy and refreshment to us. ❤

 He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Psalm 23:3

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 babies (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 🙂

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?