Once upon a time, Chesapeake Bay Woman needed to get away from her
The extended Chesapeake Bay Family has not been on a vacation together in over 11 years. We have had a night or so away together, here and there; or maybe a long weekend under one roof. But this was the first time in a while the whole family, including my father, mother, and two sisters, were away from home for any extended period of time.
We went to Avon, North Carolina, which I highly recommend to anyone wishing to truly get away from the crowds and hullabaloo associated with some of the more northern Outer Banks areas during the peak season. Although it feels like you're driving to
Also, crowds and hullabaloo are subjective terms - I consider more than two people to be a crowd
My point is, it's very different south of Oregon Inlet. In a good way.
The first thing the Chesapeake Bay Family did was pull out the hats, which are a necessary ingredient to
Hats just seem to make everything more fun.
Here we have the beginning of a night filled with
|L to r, Baby Sister, Chesapeake Bay Daughter, Middle Sister and MS's Husband Mike|
Baby Sister has worn this
Baby Sis is grasping the top of her head because there were gale force winds, also a
|Baby Sister and CB Daughter, aka Twins|
I can't tell you the last time all the sisters and the parents were on vacation together. I guess I already said that, but it is worth repeating, especially when you consider that we were
For example, I imagined I'd be able to sleep late on vacation.
As it turns out, that was the only place I could sleep late. In my imagination.
|Middle Sister and Husband Mike doing a puzzle. I think three puzzles were completed last week.|
Approximately half the house woke up
|Chesapeake Bay Parents|
The first night we were there, lots and lots of music was played. A proper Chesapeake Bay Family gathering cannot be held without at least one song by my mother's favorite, James Brown.
Chesapeake Bay Son mesmerized my parents with his mad technical skillz, using the iPod and some other gadgets to enhance our musical experience. Since I lack those skills, I will pretend to know how he got the iPod to send a picture of the music we were listening to onto the television screen.
In other news
The Chesapeake Bay Children were
|Chesapeake Bay Daughter and CBW.|
Speaking of my children, we thoroughly enjoyed our time together. CB Daughter and I had one very special day together, just the two of us, doing everything we wanted to do. Together.
|Chesapeake Bay Son, telling his mother to please not put this on Facebook.|
CB Son and I enjoyed our time doing a whole lot of nothing at the beach every day. He and I understand each other when it comes to the importance of doing nothing at the beach.
|My precious girl.|
And what all of this has to do with Mathews County is absolutely nothing. Except that even if you live in a beautiful place considered a destination in and of itself, it is still vitally important to leave your daily responsibilities behind and take a break from Life.
Life is good. Vacation is fantastic. And I love my crazy family