Purple Lips, Wild Horses and More from Our Beach Vacation

Vacation in the Outer Banks

We spent last week in the Outer Banks — at a beach house on the 4×4 beach in Corolla, NC, to be exact — and while the weather was chilly and rainy for most of the week, we still had a lot of fun.

In fact, the girls seemed fairly oblivious to the temperatures, happily splashing in the ocean and swimming in the pool until their lips turned purple.

But the best part was discovering that the wild ponies lived right around the house we were staying in. Last time we went, we saw wild ponies once or twice, but this time we saw them several times a day, every day, and as close as the front yard. It was definitely a highlight for our horse-loving girls and for us adults as well.

We love going in the off-season, not only because the beach houses are suddenly very affordable (ha!), but also because the restaurants, shops, beach and activities are not crowded. We had a restaurant to ourselves on more than one occasion, played three rounds of putt-putt without worrying about holding up other families, and didn’t have to deal with a whole lot of traffic on the beach.

Since I’ve vowed to make the blog more personal in 2014, I thought I’d share some of my favorite photos from the week here. While I mostly take pictures with my phone these days, it was fun to carry around my camera for the week to capture all of our fun!

Vacation in the Outer Banks

Vacation in the Outer Banks

Vacation in the Outer Banks

Vacation in the Outer Banks

Vacation in the Outer Banks

Vacation in the Outer Banks

Yep, the shot above and the one below are from the same day. Kids splashing in the ice cold ocean on one side, adults huddled in sweatshirts on the other.

Vacation in the Outer Banks

Vacation in the Outer Banks

Vacation in the Outer Banks

Vacation in the Outer Banks

Climbing the lighthouse seemed like a good idea until we got out on the viewing deck. Even though the girls were calm and careful and we had a high adult-to-kid ratio, I thought I was going to have a panic attack, so my mom and I took Sidney and Jackson right back down while the rest of them enjoyed the view.

Vacation in the Outer Banks

I love this man so much. The past few months have been tough — with a new baby, the holidays, PPD, Sean’s accident and more — but this week away was so very good for us. I’m feeling all giggly around him again these days!

Vacation in the Outer Banks

Vacation in the Outer Banks

Vacation in the Outer Banks

Vacation in the Outer Banks

Vacation in the Outer Banks

Vacation in the Outer Banks

Vacation in the Outer Banks

Vacation in the Outer Banks

Vacation in the Outer Banks

Vacation in the Outer Banks

Vacation in the Outer Banks

We got home just in time to see all of this beautiful spring green in the golden sunlight, and it was the perfect welcome home!

Mandi Ehman is the blogger behind Life Your Way. She and her husband have four beautiful girls plus one baby boy, and together they live, work and homeschool on a little slice of heaven in wild, wonderful West Virginia. Mandi loves coffee, chocolate, easy meals, beautiful things and minimalist spaces.
  • Lisa

    Mandi, you have a beautiful family :) Thank you for sharing your pictures with us!

  • Estelle

    Your pictures are AWESOME :-) , all radiating with love and deep family bonds… And the landscapes are just stunning… America the beautiful :-)
    Many blessings to you all…

  • http://www.familybalancesheet.org/ Kristia

    What beautiful pictures! We love Corolla. We’ve never stayed that far north, we always rent a house at the Currituck Club (near the Harris Teeter) with family. A few years ago, we climbed the light house and when we got to the top I thought my youngest daughter (4 at the time) was going to blow off–it was that windy. I held on to her so tightly and needless to say we didn’t stay up there for too long.