Heaven on Earth

Outer Banks, NC  8.21.10 - 8.28.10
Nights 61-67
I love the beach.
In particular, I love the Outer Banks in North Carolina, and I am fortunate enough to spend a week there every summer with my (awesome) family and friends.
The Outer Banks is my heaven on earth

feet in the sand
long walks
playing games
jumping waves
quality time
salt in the air
laughing all day
sweet sunrise
floating in the pool
wind in my face
roar of the ocean
whatever I want to do with my days

the last hoorah of my incredible summer vacation.
We had such an absolute blast that I felt close to nauseous leaving this morning. 
Every single day was perfectly spent, because we all spent each day doing whatever made us happy. 
That's part of the beauty of being with family and friends in a place like this. There is always someone to talk to, and enough people to not have to talk to anyone. 
We spent hours a day floating in the pool,
and by that I mean that at one point or another I lounged on every single one of our 10 noodles and rafts. When we weren't lazily floating around, we had cannonball contests, made up synchronized swimming routines, relaxed in the hot tub, and played pool games. It was beyond fun.
This kitchen table (complete with the biggest lazy susan you've ever laid eyes on) was home to fantastic themed dinners, game nights, and our annual wine tasting. This year's menu included Italian night, Mexican Night, Seafood Steamer buckets (Crab Legs!), and BBQ. We also had an awesome meal at our favorite local restaurant to celebrate my brother's 35th birthday.
And ohhhh the beach...
And the beautiful, ferocious, magnificent ocean
Relaxing, playing, diving, reading, napping, walking, laughing.
I am smitten.

I feel so very thankful to have ended my summer vacation staring at this...
"Happiness is a summer breeze, sand between your toes, and your best friends by your side."
Until next time, OBX!


teacher girl said...

I have always wanted to go and live at a North Carolina beach during the summer & this post reaffirms it. I talk about it in my blog quite a bit...even though I've never been to NC. {Weird I know} I LOVE this post & all the pictures. :o) Thanks for sharing.

Sabrina said...

As always you have captured so many of our great memories! And the pictures of the sunrise are beautiful!!!!!!!

Jessica, I feel so lucky that I got to spend the last week of summer vacation (nnnoooooo....do we have to go back already!?!!!!) with my best friend and travel companion : ) I love you!!

4 Lettre Words said...

The beach is certainly my Heaven on earth! Stunning captures.

We love NC, too. (We're in GA.)

SarahinSC said...

I LOVE the beach too! We're in SC and try to get to the beach as much as possible! My favorite pic was that house. Wow!

Fowl Single File said...

I've been to SC in the summer, but NC only in the winter...I think you've got the right idea here. NC beaches in the summer. Your photos are lovely and make me supremely jealous and happy for you at the same time. Happy back to school!

Jodi said...

These pictures are magnificent! I love the perspective of the boardwalk!!!

Joanna said...

What pretty shots! I LOVE the colors of the sky & the water in the last ones, just lovely :)

Carolyn said...

Beautiful pictures!! Looks like you had a great summer :)

Jim said...

Terrific shots.

Anonymous said...

So beautiful! Makes me wish I was there!

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