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Friday, July 12, 2013

Outerbanks - Day 4

We woke up on the morning of our fourth day finally a bit refreshed.  We still battled some winds at night but not having sand everywhere really made a huge difference.  We were back on track with our diets as we started the morning with bacon, eggs and for the kids, pancakes.  I'm pretty sure our neighbors were jealous.

The kids were eager to get to the beach as were we, so we packed our very portable sun shelter, towels, books and snacks to spend the morning at the beach.  It was heaven!  For the first time I was able to relax. Me and Gary alternated between watching the kids and reading.  Brayden quickly learned to catch little fish and was set on spending his time doing that.  The girls were all about the wave jumping.

After getting cleaned up from the beach, we decided to head into town so that Teagan could get another taste of shrimp for lunch. We were shocked to find a gluten free nutella and marshmallow sandwich on the menu! Brayden agreed to try it so we ordered that $6 sandwich only for it to arrive on a very grainy bread that looked like someone had mashed up a bunch of corn and oatmeal.  Needless to say no one ate it but Teagan loved her shrimp again and made this face.

Teagan's I love food face
After lunch we decided to enjoy some time in the pool.  We had forgotten how fun it was to swim without sand in your bathing suit.

After a few hours of swimming, we headed back to camp for the long process of cooking a healthy meal. I'll be the first to admit that grilled chicken and broccoli did not sound appetizing after a lunch at a seafood restaurant.  Determined to not let the rest of our meat go to waste, I cooked us a healthy dinner.  Now cooking without counter space and organization was extremely frustrating.  Add in wind with sun heat and it was down right miserable.

I fed the girls first and was so happy to see them as they took a bite of broccoli. No sooner did Teagan get that bite in her mouth and big gust of wind blew her plate over her head onto the street next to our camp site. She was in tears and I was frustrated as Ellie battled to keep her plate.  I handed her a bag of cheese puffs and vowed not to cook another camping dinner.  Of course I still had to make Brayden his pancakes.

At this point I was very hot and frustrated and declared it time for ice cream. We decided there was not a noticeable difference from removing dairy from Bray's diet and it made no sense to have him eat pancakes all day when he could be enjoying ice cream.   We headed into town and found a Ben & Jerry's!  Yummm. After that we still had time for another swim in the ocean.

We then roasted smores over our camp stove before calling it a night.  It was so nice to have a day without too much hassle.  A plate of chicken and broccoli flying seemed like small potatoes compared to what we endured on the island.  In fact our day was so enjoyable that we decided to add another night to our camping time at the Holiday resort.  Was that a good decision?  Stay tuned to find out!

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