Summer’s Last Hurrah–Part II

August 15, 2014

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This place is just so beautiful. We are lucky to be able to be here! We have also been very lucky with the weather. It has been flawless!

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On Wednesday we woke up and had breakfast first thing. Great Harvest Pecan Swirl, eggs and lots of watermelon.

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Then we went for a family walk down by the beach.

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We spent our mid-morning time by the pool to keep things simple. M loves to jump off the side in the big pool and made friends in the toddler pool.

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So relaxed.

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We came back inside for a break from the sun and a quick lunch. I made a tuna salad with red pepper, tomato, capers and pickle, plus mayo and mustard. Served with wheat thins (best crackers!) and two drinks: a little beer and sparkling water.

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We wound down before naptime with some stories

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I did a little work (this time with no wine) and read some more of my book.

Then we all headed out for a night on the town!

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We drove to the Harbor where there was a free wine tasting

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The nice gentleman pouring gave us pretty heavy-handed pours :mrgreen:

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M was super happy with the truck set Grammie brought for him!

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Lookin’ like his dada!

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We attempted to go to one restaurant in the harbor and had a complete meltdown. A change of plans took us back to the Peli for more pizza and salad. We were thankful for a casual atmosphere.

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I had another Blue Moon and this delicious Asian arugula salad.

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And we all shared a margherita pizza with green peppers

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Family ice cream time concluded the night! And a little So You Think You Can Dance watching. I just bought tickets for the tour in Richmond and am so excited!!

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Thursday morning I went for a run first thing. This time it was low tide, so I had the whole beach to myself. I ran for about 30 minutes – perfect start to the day. It’s a real struggle for me to run first thing in the morning these days. One because I don’t have a babysitter and Mazen wants to eat and play rather than get in a stroller, but two because my body just feels more tired and stiff than it used to. I’m glad to have been able to get in a few morning runs though. It is the best time of day to go!

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Upon my return, I made a yogurt bowl with blueberries and some swirl bread “croutons”

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We spent our final morning at the beach, where the tide was now very far in and kept us smushed up on the dunes

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We had loads of fun though, including a scary time when Mazen’s dinosaur decided to go surfing!

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We paid a short visit to the pool where mom and I split a pre-lunch pina colada! Not sure they added more than a dash of rum – we didn’t taste or feel a thing!

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Back at the house we made salads out of the last of our provisions. Greens, tomato, dressing, blue cheese and chips on top!

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And tomato + pimento cheese melts on the side.

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During naptime I went to the island shops and browsed around. First time on the golf cart all alone!

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I came home with a new hat and these roll-on bracelets. They match my new Fitbit strap : ) An Instagram reader says they are Lily and Laura bracelets! 

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Per usual, we dressed up to go out. Tonight there was an art reception across the island.

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M loved this pig and gave him a kiss. We had wine and cheese and crackers. M loved the crackers and some sparkling water that he called “Bubbles!”

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We had intended to cook in one night this week, but the seafood at the market is so expensive that it almost made more sense to eat out. Thus, we found ourselves at the BHI Club again. It was a great dinner… especially when dinosaur cups were involved!

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I had another glass of that scrumptious Old Vine Zin

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We had the fondue for an appetizer – brie with mushrooms and pesto toast!

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And I ended the meal with the Jamaican Jerk Grouper with sweet potato hash and amazing avocado fries!

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We finished the trip with more ice cream at the house. We are sad to say goodbye to this beautiful island!

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1 Maryea {happy healthy mama} August 15, 2014 at 6:09 am

What a beautiful place! Looks like a great time.

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2 Jeri August 15, 2014 at 6:13 am

I come for the food and the nutrition. I come for the house decorating. But when I see Mazen? I come for the fashion. Is it just me? LOL

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3 KathEats August 15, 2014 at 6:29 am

Haha

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4 Katie August 15, 2014 at 6:28 am

Looks like a fun time! Where did you guys go? :) Carolinas? My parents live on Fripp Island, SC and it always makes me nostalgic looking at beach pics. :)

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5 KathEats August 15, 2014 at 6:28 am

Bald Head Island : )

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6 Tess August 15, 2014 at 6:51 am

Yes, it looks like Fripp, and really made me miss it! My parents live there, too! :)

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7 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! August 15, 2014 at 6:40 am

All your recaps from Bald Head over the years makes me want to visit there so bad!! It looks so beautiful and like the most perfect place to vacation and relax! Lots of yummy food too!

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8 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs August 15, 2014 at 8:13 am

Have you gone to see the SYTYCD live show before? They’re coming to my city and I was wondering how the shows are/if it’s worth going to see?

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9 KathEats August 15, 2014 at 8:57 am

I haven’t!

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10 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) August 15, 2014 at 10:40 am

I am so so so jealous of this vacation. It looks so heavenly.

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11 JessV August 15, 2014 at 11:02 am

Where did you get your very cute white and blue stripped dress? Love it!!

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12 KathEats August 15, 2014 at 11:06 am

Thanks! It’s Stitch Fix

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13 Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties August 15, 2014 at 11:50 am

Love these recaps! I almost feel like I’m on the beach too instead of chilly new york :)

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14 Casey @ Casey the College Celiac August 15, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Looks like you had a wonderful vacation and I absolutely LOVE your Fitbit! I’m using the Fitbit One right now and thinking of getting the strap version, but we’ll see! :)

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15 Leah (goodnight cheese) August 15, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Dinner out every night? That is some vacation, and so generous of your parents!
Mazen is getting so big, what a cute smile.

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16 Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves August 15, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Wheat Thins really are the best crackers— sweet and salty perfection. All the food looks incredible and there were beautiful blue skies to match! Glad you all had a blast :)

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17 Judy August 15, 2014 at 12:51 pm

LOVE BH!! Looked like a fun week!

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18 Hannah @ eat, drink, and save money August 15, 2014 at 2:17 pm

I love that Apothic Red from your wine tasting. Looks like you had a great time!

My little sisters are into those bracelets, they told me that women in India make them and boutiques sell them to raise money for them. Who knows if it is true, but they are so cute!

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19 Julia August 17, 2014 at 6:45 am

I love the Apothic Red too!! The nice guy at our wine shop got me to try it a while ago and it is yummy!!!

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20 Robin Melanie August 15, 2014 at 3:42 pm

What a beautiful vacation–and with both of your parents to cherish. Mazen is such a happy boy. It cracks me up that he loves his sunglasses! Are those new? Thank you for taking us on your delightful trip. I so enjoyed it. Great pictures.

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21 KathEats August 15, 2014 at 3:44 pm

They were new and they just broke : (

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22 Kim August 15, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Thanks for a great recap kath! Curious do you budget to go away so much with a toddler? We are trying to go away this summer but it’s so expensive! Plus we have two kids! It seems a small getaway is easy a few hundred dollars. Curious to know your thoughts!

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23 Lindsay August 15, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Old cine Zin is a fav as is Apothic Red! We could drink wine together!

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24 Jeanie August 15, 2014 at 6:02 pm

What a fantastic time! The food looks divine!!

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25 diana August 15, 2014 at 6:23 pm

looks like you guys sent summer off the right way! loved seeing the events happen through your lenses.

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26 Mandie August 15, 2014 at 8:18 pm

I’m so glad you’re honest with your readers in saying Mazen had a meltdown, so many times i think we assume that things are as perfect as your pictures look :) MY brother in laws favorite wine is apothic, apparently they do a special Christmas reserve too, so be on the look for it if you liked it. Also you should check out inch bug labels to put Mazen’s name on his cup, they make these cool band things that last forever and fit every cup and snack trap you have, plus you can throw them in the dishwasher or change them if need be.

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27 KathEats August 16, 2014 at 6:15 am

Ohhhhhh definitely looking for those labels. Thanks!

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28 Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out August 16, 2014 at 5:39 am

La Croix is the BEST especially at the beach!

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29 Eva August 16, 2014 at 7:49 am

the colors are so vibrant in your pictures– made my saturday morning!

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30 Lisa @bitesforbabies August 16, 2014 at 9:06 am

What a lovely place…and the food!!!!!!! Wow!

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31 Tina August 16, 2014 at 11:39 am

I don’t know what’s worse – the photos of the gorgeous beach, or the food photos that are giving me the desire to eat anything and everything in sight! It all looks fantastic and like a wonderful time!!

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32 Alex @ Kenzie Life August 17, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Those pictures are gorgeous and that fondue with pesto toast looks absolutely amazing!

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33 Sandra August 18, 2014 at 12:03 am

Looks like a fabulous vacation, Mazen is such a cutie pie!!!

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34 Erin Shmidt August 18, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Such great memories from our trip there too – it’s so pretty. We can’t wait to bring kids with us. I had no idea the peli had such great food.

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