Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Friends and Photo Shoots

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I am cramming everything else into one last post about the beach, sniff, sniff! I cannot even express how much fun we had with Rick and Cali and their girls. There was a lot of relaxing, but our families are very similar with our schedules. If the weather was nice we were out swimming or finding something fun to do!! We got a sitter one night and treated ourselves to the most amazing local seafood dinner. I had a crab cake wrapped in a puff pastry, it was excellent (I should have taken a picture for you!) One day the boys treated Cali and I to an afternoon of shopping and pedicures, and we sent the boys out for crab legs and beers another night.

We pretty much did everything together, from the beach, to the pool, to cooking! We would get the kids in bed, and treat ourselves to some great meals. The boys made an awesome seafood dinner of fresh fish and crab cakes, yummm! Can you see there was a big focus on food while on vacation??

Everything was laid back, and it really rubbed off on the kids. They had a blast playing together, and even entertaining themselves around the beach house. Here are some of my favorite shots of the kiddos in action:

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One afternoon when we were sick of the pool we headed to the Currituck Lighthouse. Bradley loved it! He kept asking to go up to the top...maybe next summer. We brought our new kites and flew them in the park nearby. It was just beautiful, although extremely HOT!


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My best attempt at a group shot!


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Amalie watching the kites with her Mom, she was a little scared of them at first!


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Bradley 'flying' his kite.


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Larken 'flying' her kite!


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Then Amalie jumped in there to fly the mermaid!


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This is one of my favorite shots from the trip, the kids, the kites, and the lighthouse!




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Both families brought our bike trailers and we rode our bikes EVERYWHERE!! There was a grocery store, ice cream shop, and all of the trails and pools around the neighborhood. So, we pretty much biked to everything except the beach. Of course Bradley and Larken wanted to ride together...now that is a heavy bike! You got a workout if you were pulling them:)

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Now if that wasn't enough, we also did quite a few photo shoots with the families. These are all of my favorite pictures from all of the shoots. They get a little redundant, but I LOVED how they turned out! I would love to get into photography even more and take some classes.

Just add it to my 'To Do' list!



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12 comments:

Lindsay said...

ooo what great shots you got Clare! You should totally take some photography classes I think you would be an amazing photographer (not that you aren't already) but I think you could do it professional you if you wanted to!

paige said...

oh what gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous shots & gorgeous families and gorgeous babies too!!
you are precious

laura said...

what amazing pictures of such a fun trip! i hear ya - photography classes are on my list of things to do...one day.

Amy said...

The kids are just adorable! Looks like you had a GREAT time! I bet you were so sorry to see the time end!

Be Blessed!

Krystyn said...

Once again, those are amazing shots. Y'all really had a good time, didn't you?

amanda said...

this really does not have to be your last vaca picture post - i LOVE seeing these pictures!! it's like i got to go with you :)

Christy said...

Your eyes are amazing! Seriously, they are beautiful.

paige said...

hey sweet clare..just needed to drop back by & make sure my earlier comment posted. my computer froze up when i was on your site & i wasn't sure...
anyway
it was fun looking at your wonderful pictures again
xo

Karla said...

Gorgeous pictures and looks like great weather. Glad you had a good time... The pictures of the girls spinning were so cute and I love the "flying" kite shots too. That's hard to catch the kite and kid and dad in the same shot

The Mrs. said...

Cutest pics ever!

Halftime Lessons said...

What a fantastic place, and pictures Clare. Thanks so much for sharing them all with us!

Jay

Susan said...

Clare, I love all the shots from your vacation. My absolute favorite is one of the three kids looking off the deck. Precious!
If you love photography then I would highly encourage you to take a couple classes. I would suggest one that helps you learn all the features of your camera and then one on how to use your preferred editing software.
It is a very rewarding hobby or profession. But, that is just my humble opinion.

So glad you thoroughly enjoyed your vacation!