After leaving DC, we headed south along the east coast and made our way to the small island of Ocracoke, North Carolina, in the Outer Banks. We took a ferry from Hatteras island, checked into our little cottage in the village, and got ready for a few beach days before heading back home to Austin.
I remember thinking how relaxing it was to have a beach vacation with little kids when we stopped here last year, and it was still true this year.
We had some stormy days at the beginning of the week, but regardless of the weather, the kids were super happy to play on the beach, dig and find seashells. We have so many seashells.
Saskia made me a lot of sand cakes.
Garneau helped, too.
Ryan was the kite man. (Thanks, Johnny!)
Our last two days were beautiful, sunny and warm. Saskia spent a lot of time in the water and boogie boarded a couple of times.
Garneau was terrified of the waves and preferred staying a safe distance away, often looking worriedly towards the ocean if the tide was on its way up.
The last two nights on the island, we went back to the beach after dinner to see the crabs coming out for the night and to collect a few more shells (and for some dune jumping).
We saw some pretty big crabs, and Garneau and Saskia quickly became good at spotting them.
(A bit blurry but still pretty cute).
Garneau preferred to hold his headlamp:
And after a stop in Asheville, NC and Jackson, MS, we are now home again, enjoying what feels like an extension of summer here in Austin.
On September 8th, our little man turned 2 years old. We celebrated by going apple picking, and a few days later by baking and eating a cake. I asked him a few days before what kind of cake he wanted, and he said very clearly that it had to be yellow. I think beige might be a better descriptor for how it turned out, but he was happy with it nonetheless and blew out the candles by himself.
Then, he enjoyed the icing, went back to playing with his new garbage truck, and the rest of us ate the cake.
Bonne fête, Garneau!
We’ve been cruising around this little corner of North America in the last week - the Laurentides, Montreal, Vermont, and then back up again. It definitely feels like the end of the summer, with some cool (even wintery, by Austin standards) days, some rainy days, but plenty of hot and humid ones in between too.
S’mores and campfire evenings.
The s’mores crêpe will be a tradition from now on.
A rare family pic in front of a beautiful sunflower field in Brébeuf, on the day before we dropped Ryan off at the airport for a couple weeks of work. This shot took a lot of finagling and the kids are completely in the shadows, but it’s the four of us! together!!
Riding in Vermont with all the Rose Abbene girls on our annual pilgrimage to Morrisville. This was the first year the girls really played together (as opposed to side by side) and it was so wonderful to witness. There were a lot of sick princesses and doctor princesses helping them get better in Hadley’s bedroom.
"Crazy faces" according to Saskia and Hadley. Obviously.
Checking out the river after a little bike ride. We added a couple inuksuit to the collection.
Back in the city, we checked out the Oratoire St-Joseph, and enjoyed the beautiful view towards the Laurentides.
And just like that, it is the last day of August and in eight days Garneau will be two!