This past weekend, I was able to get away for a little while. My cousin April lives in Raleigh, NC and we were able to go and stay with my Mom in Wilmington, NC for the weekend. It was so great to see my cousin because I hadn't seen her since 2008! We spent a very sun-filled weekend at my Mom's house (aka "The Haven"). We were able to spend some time on the beach on Saturday, had some yummy baked brie and wine on Saturday night, and then went kayaking towards Masonboro Island with my sister on Sunday (side note: following directions in the water is NOT as easy as following directions on roads!).
It was so great to see where my Mom, Step-Dad, Sister, and Brother live now. Their house is so interesting, and once they get all settled in, it will be an awesome place. There is a large deck that goes all the way around the house, and a great big gazebo on the back that overlooks the Inter-coastal Waterway. They also have a small dock where they can fish and catch crabs. The house is suited for company with a big great room on the front of the house that can close off completely from the part of the house with the bedrooms. It was hard leaving my family knowing that I won't see them again until Christmas, but it was a great visit. I loved spending some time with my cousin and catching each other up on our lives (and we discovered that we both love blogging).
Here are a couple of pictures from our weekend. The first one is April and I on the small island that we kayaked to. The second one is myself, My Mom, My Sister Abigail, and my Brother Manny right before we left. As you can see there was lots of sun had by all, but it was a great Summer send off!