Shots of our 2013 Beach Getaway

There’s been a bit of an interlude here on the Napotnik blog. The past few weeks have been busy mostly because the week before last I was cleaning and packing for the beach all while enduring a debilitating viral infection of some sort and last week we were AT the beach! How wonderful it was to soak in the suns rays, to feel the grainy sand sift through our toes, to smell the salty ocean air and to see the tumbling waves. The girls loved standing with their feet in the water while watching the bubbles come up to them after a wave had crashed and left. It took Anya some getting used to. I had to stand with her and hold her (all while she screamed in protest) until she calmed down and finally understood she was safe with mommy and she could just see the fun in the waves. Most of our time was spent resting. Believe me, this is a tired family. After being sick I was exhausted. August had just come off of the dispatch hours. I couldn’t taste my food the whole week or smell for that matter but all that mattered was that we were together as a family…resting as a family, laughing as a family, cooking as a family, napping as a family, playing together as a family. I utterly and completely cherished every. single. moment. We spent every single day on the sand. We’d wake up, eat breakfast, and after Leo’s first nap we’d head for the surf. We’d spend a good while there and when we felt ready we’d head home and August would cook our dinner for us. We’d leisurely enjoy our meal and then to bed we went shortly thereafter. One day we took a trip away from our house and toured the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. My kids were SO excited at all the exhibits! The girls would run from each little aquarium exhibit and admire the creatures therein. There were even sharks!! I was actually the one mostly fascinated by this one. When everyone else lost interest there I was still staring…and staring. A man a geared up in scuba suit was in the tank cleaning it WHILE all the sharks were swimming around him. YIKES!

So anyways, here are just a few shots of our trip. It was such a blessing. Such a gift. Thank you to my Savior for little interludes like that to remind me that life’s not all hard work! Thank you to my husband for providing such a beautiful vacation for his adoring family. I love you August.











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