I am posting my photos, it seems, in fits and spurts and am trying not to get too uptight about the fact that I can't seem to get to my blog on a daily basis. I know that once we are done with the beginning of the school year activities and the housebreaking/training of the puppy, I will get more time. Plus, I am committed to making sure I am done my work day by dinnertime. These past 6-7 months, I have been typing in the evening too which just doesn't bode well with blogging.
So, without further delay, here are some photos "in a clump" - I've been taking pictures on an almost daily basis, however I do still have a fair amount from vacation that I want to post too.
No swimming flag raised on the beaches while Hurricane Danny was out at sea.
This photo is an oldie from April 24 of this year showing the first meeting of our two dogs.
This is our two dogs now playing together.
The bigger seagull was not about to share his pretzel find with the smaller gull.
I took a ton of photos of this sunset from atop of the house I was staying in a couple of days ago. The colors in person were so much more vibrant...
The necklace my daughter just strung while on vacation. Each bead was carefully considered before she purchased it. I loved it when she was finished and we had a fun time planning it together.
The woman we purchased Ruby from - she absolutely loves her beagles and twice a year holds an event where owners of beagles can gather together for a few hours and chat. She gets to see the puppies she brought into this world - Ruby gave her a few wet kisses as a thank you.
A day to remember - those who lost their lives eight years ago. Could it really be that much time that has gone by?
We watched this crab (and others) for several hours. Talk about a work ethic. They did all day so that at night they have their holes and tunnels into which they can retreat. It was fascinating to observe the very painstaking process. We went back to the beach after dark and were treated to a view of lots of "ghost crabs" running around in the surf and on the sand.
This is the stuff that gives me an "oh wow" moment..... We left the Outer Banks at 5 AM and I hoped for a glimpse of the sunrise - I didn't expect that we would reach the Chesapeake Bay at the same time the sun was rising.
We arrived home at exactly 12:45 PM. We took our dogs with us this year. Freckles is 11 1/2 years old and this was his first vacation ever. I think he liked it!
I don't have a very long list of things that I want to do while here in earth. However, two of the items on my short bucket list (actually four of them) were accomplished while on vacation.
The first item is that I got to ride on a Segway in Carova, NC. The four of us had hour-long lessons before our guide would let us hit the trails.
The second item is that I got to see in person the wild mustangs that roam the beaches and dunes of Carova. These mustangs are direct descendants of the Spanish mustangs that landed on these beaches about 500 years ago. There are now only a little over 100 left but there is now a preserve that protects the freedom of these horses and they can roam the beaches and the yards of human inhabitants' properties without fear of being touched or bothered in any way. They were beautiful and very peaceful-looking creatures.
Hurricane Danny never actually came into the Outer Banks coast as predicted, however the power of Danny was certainly felt in the waters and red flags warning that no swimming was allowed ran up and down the beach. I tried to capture the intensity of the waves and realize that I've fallen sort of short on that. There were dangerous riptides and sadly a 12 year old boy was knocked off his surfboard and washed away not far from where I snapped this photo. We saw the coastguard helicopter but at the time didn't realize what was going on.
On a much lighter note my son felt it very necessary to show off to us that he could jump much higher than his sister. This photo was taken at Jockey's Ridge in Nags Head, NC. These are amazingly high natural sand dunes that are constantly shifting. People go there in droves just before dusk in hopes of witnessing and/or photographing the sunset - which is why we were there that evening.
Despite the evil look on my son's face as his big sister is hugging him, he does love her dearly - he just forgets to let her know that on occasion.
I left a career as an insurance underwriter back in 1993 to stay at home with my kids and I have never once looked back. I've been fortunate to find a job that I can do from home and have done so for the last 16 years.
I am blessed with a great husband and two wonderful kids. Life doesn't get any better than that...well, throw in a beagle or two and it is a smidge better!
A love of our faith is #1 in our home and always will be.