Beach Week Adventures Finale

Man, is it Monday already? I can’t believe how quickly our annual family and friend beach vacation in the Outer Banks went by! Wishing I were back here right now:


Thank you for all your book recommendations, by the way! I ended up purchasing 3 to enjoy over the next couple months: Outlander (I started reading this on the beach and it’s SO GOOD in that awesome addictive way that some books can be), Paper Towns, and And Then There Were None. Excited to read them all! I put a few others on my “to buy” list – Where’d You Go Bernadette is next up since a ton of you recommended it.

The last few days of our beach trip were nice and relaxing – I feel like it took me a few days to really relax but by mid week I was feeling niiiiice and chill. We spent most of our days relaxing on the beach, playing in the waves, and playing assorted beach games – Kan Jam (old favorite) and Spyder Ball (new favorite).

On Friday morning, we mixed things up with an early morning deep sea fishing trip!


It was an EARLY morning – we woke up at 4:45, drove down to the marina, and pushed off by 6 a.m. Worth it for this lovely view!





It was a little rough out there, as you can see, but thanks to a little preemptive dramamine we were all fine. ;)

I’d never been deep sea fishing before – it was fun!


None of the other ladies were interested so it was me and the boys out on the water.


Got some!



Then we caught this one!

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Juuuust kidding. ;) Sadly the big ones weren’t biting on Friday!

One of the biggest highlights was actually on our trip back in to shore – some dolphins started playing in our boat’s wake! SO cool – wish I’d acted fast enough to get a photo!


As for food the rest of the trip, we enjoyed some fabulous dinners out, and even caught this epic sunset outside the window of a restaurant one night. Insane! Mental note: book a kayaking trip next year during sunset!


As for the rest of our meals at the house, one night we had a fried feast (yep, fried – everything in moderation, friends)! Matt’s parents brought a big fryer with them so we had fried fish, homemade bloomin’ onions, plus some veggies and cornbread, and a savory tomato pie (bought locally).

outer banks dinner

On Friday night we had a grilled “surf ‘n’ turf” theme – the surf portion of which was our fresh caught fish from the deep sea fishing excursion! It was really good – so flavorful! And of course tasted even better since we caught it ourselves. :)


The rest of the feast:

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My plate:


Our final day, Saturday, was rainy, but Matt and I got in a nice run (about 3 miles, half of which was on the beach – fun and HARD with the sand!) with our friend Thomas.


The rest of the day was spent in and out of the pool and hot tub at our house. Some intense pool volleyball tournaments also happened. :)

I’ll leave you with this photo of Matt and our adorable nephew, Nate. He’s 9 months now and SUCH a sweet baby – very smiley and happy. <3


Have a great day, my friends! I’ll be spending it catching up on my email inbox and work. Back to the grind!

p.s. Thank you so much to everyone who entered the BrooksWho Inspires You to Run Happy” giveaway to win a new running outfit for your run happy inspiration! I loved reading all the comments about who inspires you. Keep up that running happy, my friends, and keep inspiring those around you to do the same. :) I’ll randomly select and email the winner now!

p.p.s. I randomly got inspired and made myself a new blog header (using PicMonkey) yesterday. If you’re reading this post in a feed reader, come on over to see it! What do you think? :)


  1. 1

    What a weekend you had! So many beautiful pictures, beautiful eats, and THAT sunset, that is gorgeous!!! I am glad it was so much fun, isn’t it crazy how fast they go by when you are enjoying it.

    I also had a wonderful weekend, but ate too much, and I am worried my stomach is going to be really messed up on my 16 miler I am about to do….but oh well, life is for living right!

    • 2

      Life is definitely for living! I ran yesterday and my stomach wasn’t exactly thrilled, so I feel ya. But it was worth it. Good luck out there!

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    I noticed your new header before even reading that you updated it – looks good!

  3. 5

    Sounds like a PERFECT vacation! We took the girls to the Black Hills in South Dakota 2 weeks ago, and I’m still sad it’s over.

  4. 6

    Love the Outer Banks! I haven’t been since my grandparents sold their Hatteras house and I miss it.

    The Outlander series is the BEST. I read all the books without stopping (there are 8 total). Starz is making a series of it that comes out Aug. 9th, so I went back to “brush up” on the first book and now I’m sucked right back in!

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      I also had to comment about the upcoming Starz series – I’m getting Starz just for Outlander! My mom tried to get me to read the books for years and I finally gave in and read them all back to back. So good!

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      I’m clearly going to get obsessed with the TV series, ha!

  5. 9

    Even though I live at the beach I always forget to take advantage of it. I want to plan a ‘tourist’ day now!

  6. 10

    So jealous of your guys beach weekends over there!!! Though we have had some awesome weather here the past few weeks too! I love to try fish deep fried in coconut oil!! Expensive but I bet incredible!

  7. 11

    Sounds like such a relaxing and fun vacation!! I need one of those soon. :) I love the new header. Great photo choices!!

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    Looks like a great trip! Kan Jam is the best game ever. I hope you like Paper Towns. John Green is one of my favorite authors. He’s just amazing with words. Hope you’re having a good time easing back in to non-vacation land!

  9. 13

    I like the new header! It seems like everyone is enjoying a beach week around now. I can’t wait for mine at the end of August!

  10. 14

    What a fun trip! Just curious…what are your thoughts on fitness bands? A lot of my co-workers have them and I was on the fence about purhcasing one for myself! I would love your input! Thanks!

    • 15

      I think fitness bands can be a fun way to keep people motivated to move more throughout the day! Matt has the FitBit and likes it a lot.

  11. 16

    You always have AMAZING food pictures!
    Sounds like you had a very fun weekend :) Cool new design too by the way!

  12. 17

    Just finished the first Outlander, and OMG its great. I always seem to manage to get hooked on books with 7+ in the series. I guess I always have something I know I’ll like!

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    Looove the new header! It looks great! I read Outlander a while back and remember loving it! I think there’s another book in the series too? It’s been a while so I can’t recall but now I want to go look it up, haha. I know you have a lot going on this week so let me know if you have time for our track run on Thursday…otherwise let’s plan on next week!

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    Rneae H. says

    I read Outlander as an English assignment in a college english class and it was one of the only books I actually enjoyed reading for class! I’ve since read the whole series and just started on the ninth (?) book that just came out!

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    You always take the best pictures! I love following you on IG! Your feast pictures look amazing!! They are making me and my baby (21 weeks!) hungry! Your header looks great! Happy Monday!

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    Roadrunner says

    Great week! And love the new heading pics, too!

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    Looks like you had so much fun deep sea fishing! I recently went crabbing on a boat and had to get up super early but it was so worth it! I love being out on the sea!

  18. 27

    Love the new header! You’ve inspired me to have a little fun with picmonkey to redo mine :)

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    Your vacation looked wonderful! Thanks for sharing. I just bought an airfryer and it arrived today. Can hardly wait to use. You will love And Then There Were None. I have read every Agatha Christy mystery at least a half dozen times each. Very appropriate for a big group on vacation. Agatha died years ago but her family has commissioned another author to do a new book. It comes out in September and can hardly wait.

  20. 31

    It looks like a spectacular trip! And I’d definitely have to partake in the dramamine because those waves look crazy! Hope you had a fantastic trip and are able to get caught up on normal life quickly!

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    Cute header Anne! I love Pic Monkey :)

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