We split the journey down to Topsail over two days, staying overnight at my parents' house. While the journey was fairly long, we weren't disappointed when we got to Topsail. The house was enormous, and in a very picturesque location.
We barely had time to soak up the atmosphere before Cora buried a splinter in her foot, and we had to go to the hospital for their expertise. We made it back to the house late on Sunday night, and climbed into bed hoping for a better start to our day Monday.
The time at the beach quickly settled into a routine. Popular activities included tubing in the surf, trying to master body boarding, building sand castles, playing with toys, and frolicking in the surf... the kids had fun too.
Amanda and I took the girls on a mid-week excursion to the North Carolina Aquarium in Kure Beach. The aquarium wasn't the biggest we have been to, but it certainly had some very interesting displays. Plus, Cora and I got to pet baby sharks!
While I found that the weather at the beach could sap my energy, it was still an extremely relaxing and enjoyable week.