Summer’s Last Hurrah–Part I

August 14, 2014


Mazen and I are on the lovely Bald Head Island with my parents for a short week. We are soaking up every last drop of summer fun! We don’t often get to come to Bald Head in the prime season, but we’re renting a family friend’s 3 bedroom house, and it was the perfect late summer getaway.


Here’s a recap of our first two days, old-KERF style!

Our trip began with a ferry ride over. The last time I was here we were toasting Larbs and Matt. Mazen was just learning to crawl. It’s been fun to see his excitement over the ferry and the golf carts all over the island.



Every time we get in the cart he says “WHEEEE!” And whenever we’re not in the cart he says “Pea more whee drive Pea wheee pwease!?” {I sit next to him so he’s sandwiched between us and act as his safety seat.}


We arrived just in time for Mazen’s nap, which allowed us to get settled in. I found out that my precious DSLR is broken (something isn’t focusing), so I’ve had to take all the photos with my Galaxy S5. So thankful cell phone cameras have gotten so much better.



During nap we opened a bottle of wine for an early cocktail hour and I settled down with a new book, Orange Is The New Black! My mom read it and said it’s fabulous. I haven’t seen the Netflix show yet, but I plan to.


When Mazen woke up, we dressed up for dinner and headed to the Peli for pizzas!

We ordered some nachos to start us off


A couple of summery Blue Moons…


A house salad for me


And this awesome pizza for the table. Four cheese plus pesto, artichokes and mushrooms. So cheesy!


After some playground fun for M, we headed home for family ice cream bowls!


Tuesday morning I woke up and went for a quick run. Probably about 2 miles – just enough to get in a good sweat.

Then I made us all egg sandwiches for breakfast – blueberries on the side.


We loaded up and headed to the Shoal’s Club for a morning in the water and sand.


(He is actually saying CHEESE!)




We took M to the point where the surf is crazy and tidal pools make fun baby pools. M loved it!


We also spent some time in the awesome baby pool. M is walking here – it’s the perfect depth for him.


Back at our house, I made salads with tuna and bleu cheese on top.


And a big bowl O chips!


For dessert, I had brought some Scottish shortbread from the Cville farmer’s market.


After yet another cozy naptime afternoon, we headed out for dinner at the Bald Head Island Club.


We shared some baked oysters topped with breadcrumbs and pico


And I had an epic glass of wine. Or two…


For dinner I enjoyed the fish tacos, which came with a black bean cake on the side.


And we concluded the evening with more Breyers Natural Vanilla – my fav!


See you tomorrow for part II!

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1 Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) August 14, 2014 at 6:38 am

Hailey loves the golf carts only on the island too! I love seeing your pictures because it’s one of my favorite vacation spots. So glad you had a nice time!


2 CaitlinHTP August 14, 2014 at 6:41 am

JEALOUS. Wish we were with you!


3 Liz @ I Heart Vegetables August 14, 2014 at 6:41 am

Sounds like you guys are having a wonderful time! The weather looks lovely. Enjoy the rest of your trip!


4 JDS August 14, 2014 at 7:45 am

Fun! Do you guys every head over to Oak Island or spend any time in Southport?


5 KathEats August 14, 2014 at 7:54 am

We do eat in Southport from time to time. Love it there.


6 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More August 14, 2014 at 7:51 am

What a fun way to wrap up the summer!! Enjoy!


7 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio August 14, 2014 at 8:20 am

I really look forward to taking out daughter to the beach! We held off on vacations this summer, so next summer I’m definitely planning some getaways!


8 char eats greens August 14, 2014 at 8:31 am

OMG- that pizza looks SOOOO amazing! I actually was thinking about making pizza tonight. CONVINCED!!! I’m now officially craving it! haha. Looks like such a fun trip. I want to be in a beach house so badly right now!!


9 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats August 14, 2014 at 8:46 am

Now that looks like a beautiful place for a vacation! And I just can’t believe how big mazen is getting! So cute!


10 [email protected] August 14, 2014 at 8:55 am

Every day should end with ice cream!!! Looks like you’re having a blast!


11 Leah (goodnight cheese) August 14, 2014 at 9:16 am

Mazen looks like he’s having a blast! And that pizza looks amazing.


12 mary @ minutes per mile August 14, 2014 at 9:26 am

that looks so fun! i used to be a breyer’s fan but recently became a diehard Talenti gelato follower :).


13 Tonya August 15, 2014 at 7:36 am

Virtual high five right there, babe! LOL!


14 Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties August 14, 2014 at 9:28 am

ending the night with ice cream is always a fabulous idea :) jealous of your trip– have so much fun!!!


15 Ella August 14, 2014 at 9:40 am

Just got back from our beach house… You’re making me wish I was still there!


16 Leslie August 14, 2014 at 9:45 am

Your trips to Bald Head Island always look so fun! How far is it from C-ville? My husband and daughter stayed in your town last night as she is in on her to college in Lynchberg. I hope to be out this fall and possibly even for some future family vacations.


17 KathEats August 14, 2014 at 11:21 am

It’s 6.5 hours but I can split the drive at my parents’


18 Fancy August 14, 2014 at 9:47 am

Great post! I so miss the days of you blogging this way!


19 Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves August 14, 2014 at 10:04 am

Those blue skies look so perfect! As do the fish tacos 😉 Glad to see you all had a lovely time!


20 Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out August 14, 2014 at 10:11 am

Afternoon wine is my favorite part of summer vacations!!


21 Emily @ Life on Food August 14, 2014 at 10:48 am

That blue sky is amazing. I wish I was enjoying some beach time.


22 Katie | Girl Meets Nourishment August 14, 2014 at 12:59 pm

You take incredible pictures!


23 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl August 14, 2014 at 1:27 pm

I swear, you eat the BEST food ever!!!


24 ellie August 14, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Kath, I just wanted to say that as a former lifeguard, a child should always have a parent in arms reach in case of a fall. Even if the water is shallow, kids panic when their heads go under and often can’t think through the process of standing up. It can happen in just a few seconds. Kids have drowned in only 2 inches of water. Please consider getting him an appropriate flotation device as well. Water safety is a huge concern of mine.


25 KathEats August 14, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Thank you for the concern, but all three of us were sitting right there watching him. I could have been to him in a split second. I’m also a former lifeguard, so I know what to watch for : )


26 Andrea August 14, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Do most parents actually physically sit with their kids in a wading pool within arms reach?? Perhaps that’s the “rule” but from what I’ve seen and what I’d do personally, most just sit off to the side. You may have genuinely meant well with that post, I just find it frustrating when it seems every picture or post is an opportunity for others to pipe up with some kind of “advice” – for example, Kath had to say “he was sandwiched between us” on the golf cart pic, cause if she didn’t, inevitably someone would have said “thats not safe blah blah blahhhhh” … gets to be a bit much sometimes. Not just with Kath but other bloggers as well.


27 Stefanie August 14, 2014 at 11:59 pm

Lol…When I saw that pic of Mazen in the pool I knew someone was going to comment. I agree with you Andrea.


28 Amy W August 15, 2014 at 11:34 am

me too! So annoying….I wish other readers would stop already. Kath knows what shes doing by now, peeps. Geez…it gets old.


29 ali August 14, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Wow, you have such a blessed life. How are you able to take so much time away this year. Do you work while being gone or how does that go? I get a ton of time off compared to most but I still could never afford or be able to get away that much. Jealous!


30 KathEats August 14, 2014 at 3:06 pm

You must be forgetting that my job is this blog :) I am working right now, from the beach actually.


31 Julie Rosene August 14, 2014 at 3:29 pm

All the food looks so good! Thanks for sharing a la “old” KERF style. I really enjoyed it! :)


32 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs August 14, 2014 at 3:51 pm

What a beautiful place! Looks like a wonderful time :)


33 carrie August 14, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Gorgeous pictures, as always.


34 Liz August 14, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Love the detailed vacation post! Still waiting on more details about your earlier beach trip, hint hint! :) (specifically, how you guys found the rental and stuff like that). That baby pool looks amazing for littles!


35 KathEats August 14, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Haha. We were in Carolina Beach! Victory Vacation Rentals has been great


36 Liz August 14, 2014 at 7:42 pm

Awesome, thanks!


37 Sandra August 14, 2014 at 8:12 pm

Looks like a beautiful part of your country, I’m from Australia so in the last month of Winter here!!!! Your Mum looks well Kath, hope the sun, surf and sand helps in her recovery process. Enjoy your time with your lovely family, that Mazen is such a cutie.


38 Jen August 14, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Loved the food shots but I have to tell you: I have the same criss-cross shirt but mine is navy and beige. I love it!

Take care!


39 The Many Thoughts of a Reader August 14, 2014 at 9:03 pm



40 Rori August 15, 2014 at 12:16 am

How do you do naps while not at home….do you have a pack and play? Or put him on the bed? Going on vacation and trying to figure what to do with my toddler…thanks!


41 KathEats August 15, 2014 at 6:33 am

We use a pack and play


42 Melissa Moore Johnson August 15, 2014 at 12:22 am

Kath, your post reminded me of my own adventures, as I’m heading down to Del Mar (CA) tomorrow to meet up with my parents who have been vacationing there all week. I took the day off from work so my baby boy and I could tag along. :)) His name is Dash, and he just turned the Big 1. Thanks for reminding me of all the relaxation and good food I have to look forward to…


43 tam August 15, 2014 at 12:37 am

Love the old-KERF style–fun that you brought it back for a post!


44 Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit August 15, 2014 at 12:42 pm

MAN! I’m so jealous! I need one more good Summer getaway in the books before it gets to be Fall. That all looks so amazing!


45 Alex @ Kenzie Life August 17, 2014 at 6:14 pm

I seriously think I need to switch to a Samsung Galaxy–those pictures are absolutely stunning! I still have an iphone that’s now 2 years old and have heard from so many converts that the Galaxy is just fantastic!


46 KathEats August 17, 2014 at 7:54 pm

I sure love mine!


47 Kelly August 18, 2014 at 8:15 am

Gosh, Mazen is adorable!!! I cannot believe how big he is!!!


48 Kate August 22, 2014 at 8:28 am

Love posts like this! Looks like you had an amazing time — thanks for sharing:)


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