Experiencing the Outer Banks with very small children

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The rainy first day at the beach. McKenna wasn’t all that thrilled with the sand and cold water that first day.

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The traditional bocce game at the beach.

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The whole crew.

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McKenna chillin in the pool she co-opted from Nathan.

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Celebrating my mom’s birthday.

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The 2010 beach house – with a pool this time to escape the freezing ocean.

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Watching Baby Einstein through her pack and play.

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McKenna, at this point having overcome all aversion to sand and water, prepares to eat Brooke’s sand structure.

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Stephanie preparing to dig another beach hole. Because you can never have too many beach holes.

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At the peak of the dune mountain that separated the ocean from the cottage.

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Crawling on the sand, during a brief period when she wasn’t eating the sand.

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More beach construction.

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When McKenna’s parents just gave up.

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Dad and my niece Brooke braving the unseasonably cold water – 76 degrees. For Hatteras island in August, that is frigid.

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Caged animals, for the safety of all.

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Drunk on sand consumption.

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McKenna learned to crawl and stalked her cousin Nathan at the cottage.

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Nathan, who disliked sand and therefore stayed much cleaner at the beach.

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