We took a short trip to the beach last week for a much needed break from reality. We drove to James' parents' house in Cary, NC (stopping for a visit with GG on the way) and stayed the night to break up the trip. Then we headed down to Carolina beach outside Wilmington the next day. The Hemricks met up with us later and we all hung out for a few days. We headed to the beach the afternoon we arrived. That was the best beach time we had and I'm sorry I didn't get any pictures, because the weather and/or kids didn't cooperate so much after that. Kate had a blast jumping in the waves, which she called "storms" and Owen promptly fell asleep in my arms wrapped up in a towel. The next day, James and Kate enjoyed some pool time and some beach time, but both times, I stayed with Owen while he napped. The water was a little rough that day and Kate wanted to play in the sand most of the time because she was afraid of the storms. The last full day, it poured down rain for most of the day, so we headed to the NC Aquarium in Wilmington. We had fun, but it was no sunny day at the beach! Plus, it's difficult to get the baby and all the baby stuff out of the car when it's pouring down rain. That afternoon, we did get in some beach time, but it was cloudy and a little chilly. This was the only time I got pictures at the beach, but they're not great. Kate's not one to pose and smile for a picture, so most are candid shots of her playing. There's one of James body surfing, too. We bought the body board a little too late for Kate to enjoy it, but James and I had fun giving it a try. It was fun, but some long sunny days would have been nice. Maybe next time.