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#robertstakeontheeastcoast day 3

It is hard keeping up with these blog posts while we are still on vacation. We’ve had super full days and I’ve been ready to go to bed at 8 (7pm central.) But, if I don’t write it all as it’s happening, I’ll fall very behind and feel overwhelmed. And I’ll probably forget everything.

Anyway, day 3 of vacation–which also happened to be our first full day at the Outer Banks. That day was super windy, which also made it chilly. We decided that would be a great day to do the other things on our list and avoid the beach. We started out at the Aquarium. The alligators and otters weren’t out that day and the majority of the place was mainly fresh water fish. So that was disappointing. Salt water fish are always much prettier! But they did make up for it with a room where you can touch sting rays, starfish, hermit crabs, etc. And also, a shark tank. That was fun!
kids looking at aquarium
Evangeline was ready for a bottle at this point
dad and baby
Liam looks so impressed
boys and shark
liam and kingston
And of course, we always have to stop at a penny machine for Maggi! This is the only one we’ve seen so far 🙁
boy using penny machine
We walked out to the dock
mom and 2 boys
Since 5 year olds aren’t good with cameras, we’ve had to just hold our arms out and take pictures of us together
married couple
dad and toddler
dad and toddler boy
boy smiling for picture
One of the things that ranked high on my to-do list was a visit to the Bodie Island Lighthouse. Lighthouses fascinate me and I love black and white stripes! It was so pretty and picturesque. Unfortunately, the wind prevented us from staying very long. The lighthouse is open for people to climb up top but we didn’t bother.
husband and wife at black and white lighthouse
I included this lovely picture of us to show just how bad the wind was. I picked a bad day to wear my hair down
bodie lighthouse
But the pictures turned out so pretty, right?
lighthouse in north carolina

That last picture makes it look like we were the only ones there. There were quite a few people but I captured the picture at the perfect moment.

And of course, it is not possible for me to pass thrift stores and ignore them! So we stopped at a couple. I found a super cute skirt for Evangeline at this one
thrift store
We went to Jeannette’s Pier that afternoon. It’s a long, long dock that goes pretty far out into the water. We were able to watch some surfers. The waves were huge from all the wind. (Did I mention it was windy?) Well, the wind was especially strong as we walked out on the Pier. There were fish plaques on the boardwalk. Liam ran all the way down them. He claimed that this was one of his favorite parts of vacation.
dad and boy
pier at nags head
boy walking on pier
jennettes pier
After searching and searching, we found a coffee shop for Don.
morning view coffee company
At this point, it was time to head back and eat. The boys played with Legos and then crashed!
2 boys sleeping in sleeping bags
toddler asleep in pack and play
So with all those things checked off our list, we were prepared for the next day at the beach.
But not before we got some much needed sleep!
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