Last week we headed to the Outer Banks in North Carolina for a family vacation. We stayed in a sweet, oceanfront Airbnb A-frame in Kill Devil Hills. During the day we visited local destinations, including the Wright Brothers National Memorial, the Bodie Island Lighthouse and Currituck Beach Lighthouse, the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, and the Roanoke Island Festival Park with an Elizabeth II ship replica and museum. In the late afternoons and early evenings, we headed to the beach for some play in the sand and waves.
At the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, we climbed 220 steps to the top, for views of the surrounding area. Climbing the lighthouse with three small children was an interesting experience. There was anticipation with each step, excitement and thrill at reaching the top, tension and worry for our safety. It was fun and overwhelming, and there was also a sense of relief when we reached the bottom. I found these feelings to be relatable to this season of life that Michael and I are in right now, as there are so many layers of distinct emotions related to living through life with three kids under six. As I look through the photos from our trip, I try to let myself feel what I am feeling: exhausted, but also in love with my family—I hope that we are creating rich memories for our children, and filling their childhood with a sense of belonging and a spirit of adventure.