Drive Home

We got to see lots of different terrain on the way to and from NC and the kids asked all kinds of questions.  The coolest conversation was my daughter asking about the sun and why it is hot and what it is made of on the way home- started because it was bright, glowing orange, and low in the sky as we went throught the mountains.  I tried to get a picture, but didn’t come close to capturing the color.  We also talked about the power lines going through the funny looking cutouts in the trees and the concept of state capitals as we passed what we assumed was Charleston’s capitol building.  We drove through Columbus as well and the kids remember the COSI museum there from a year ago and now vaguely get that it is our state’s capital.


We went out to dinner as a group today to a nearby restaurant and got to enjoy some of the local seafood.  After we got back to the house, the rest of the family surprised me with a birthday cake to celebrate my upcoming B-day 🙂  It was really cool!

It is our last night here and we are packing up to head home.  The kids loved it.  I loved it.  I think J. loved it.  The beach rocks!</

Fishing and Playground

The kids were excited to use their new fishing poles and after putting it off a few days due to rain or other plans, we finally got to go today 🙂

We picked a spot just before the bridge to the mainland where there was a playground and a boardwalk that looked like it might be a good, sheltered from the waves, fishing spot.  Our kids and 2 cousins joined me, J., and my step-mom.  After the kids played at the playground for a bit, we tried fishing using some bacon as bait (my brother had mentioned good luck using salami in the past and it was stocked in the fridge).  My son went first and caught a fish on his very first cast!  My daughter got one on her second!  We couldn’t have asked for better luck.  In the end, J. went for more bait and we got to try out using shrimp.  We caught 8 fish between the kids and J.  He got really good at getting the hooks back out (and took a few sharp jabs from dorsal fins in the process).  The girls bailed a good bit earlier than the boys and went back to the playground with my step-mom.  At some point, the park began to set up for a movie night and thankfully had refreshments for sale as we were getting very hot and sweaty.  It was a good experience for all.

My son’s first catch:

J. caught the biggest fish:


NC Aquarium

We headed to the aquarium near Wilmington today.  There were indoor and outdoor displays for the animals and it was really a fun place to visit.  The kids got to touch hermit crabs, starfish, turtles, rays, and more.

The largest lobsters we have ever seen (we also got to see them eat shrimp and fish during the feeding time):

The signs for the indoor exhibits were cool- they had a rotating display of the animals in each tank along with information about them on TV screens.  For me, it was much easier to identify things this way than with the little signs most places feature.