Ahh, the beach.

School starts on Wednesday.  New classes for all three kiddos.  So yesterday we got home from a week at the beach, and today we spent 12 hours doing 8 loads of sandy laundry, hitting the self-car wash, (reorganizing the mud room and playroom and medicine 'cabinet' -- WHY today?),  and cleaning WalMart out of all the school supplies that were left on the shelves by shoppers much more prepared than we. 

But before we jump head-first into reality tomorrow morning, I want share some of my favorite shots from the week at Sunset Beach.

Some snaps of Carolina Americana before we got to the beach house.

Some snaps of Carolina Americana before we got to the beach house.

Bet this old farmhouse was nicer before a highway was run through the front yard.

Bet this old farmhouse was nicer before a highway was run through the front yard.

Finally!  The beach!

Finally!  The beach!

I have this same photo/pose from last year in the same suit with the same sweet smile.  One day I'll figure out how to put the two together to see how she's grown up in so short a time. 

I have this same photo/pose from last year in the same suit with the same sweet smile.  One day I'll figure out how to put the two together to see how she's grown up in so short a time. 

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Digging BIG holes was Michael's M.O. for the week.

Digging BIG holes was Michael's M.O. for the week.

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Here is Granny with seven of her eight beautiful grandkiddos.  So cool.  I want to be her when I grow up. 

Here is Granny with seven of her eight beautiful grandkiddos.  So cool.  I want to be her when I grow up. 

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One night, there was an amazing lighting storm just off the coast.  Took a few photos then went and got creamed by Granny and Nate at euchre. 

One night, there was an amazing lighting storm just off the coast.  Took a few photos then went and got creamed by Granny and Nate at euchre. 

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There were literally hundreds of thousands of these small snail-clam-like-things littering the beach our last day.  They would burrow into the sand, then a wave would wash away and they'd pop back up above the sand like a crazy flash mob. It was insane. 

There were literally hundreds of thousands of these small snail-clam-like-things littering the beach our last day.  They would burrow into the sand, then a wave would wash away and they'd pop back up above the sand like a crazy flash mob. It was insane. 

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As is tradition, we ended the final hours on the beach with a water balloon fight.  One hour of filling balloons for three minutes of launching them at cousins and friends.  Kinda like cooking for Thanksgiving dinner. 

As is tradition, we ended the final hours on the beach with a water balloon fight.  One hour of filling balloons for three minutes of launching them at cousins and friends.  Kinda like cooking for Thanksgiving dinner. 

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Bye-bye Summer.  We'll see you next year. 

Bye-bye Summer.  We'll see you next year.