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A Sensational Sunday at the Shore

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We’re at the beach!

Did I tell you we were going to the beach? I can’t remember.

Anyway, every year around this time we spend a week at Seaside Heights, NJ. It’s a family tradition, one we inherited from The Husband’s family. Click here to see some pics dating all the way back to 2003!

I started the day with a quick run on the beach and recorded one of my Vacation Running videos…

Last year (on this very same trip) I started the tradition of taking a short video during a run while on vacation.  My goal is to try and inspire others to run while they are on vacation, too. Click here to see my whole running on vacation playlist. 

The whole running on vacation thing is important to me. It’s kind of a long story but in short I went on a weekend trip YEARS ago (way before I had kids) with a group of people I didn’t really know that well and there was a couple who ran every morning. At the time I thought they were nuts. Actually I’m pretty sure The Husband and I had a conversation about how crazy they were while we were there. I mean WHO runs on VACATION? It’s ludicrous.

But in reality, I was jealous of them. They were fit, active, confident, and doing things that I was simply too insecure to do.

Now I get it.

Anyway, I didn’t mean to hijack my own post. I mean it is SUNDAY! And I took lots of pictures. :)

After my run I cut up one of the fresh cantaloupes I picked up at a farm stand on the way to the beach.


With all the junk we eat on the boards, I try to have some good stuff to snack on at the beach house. Especially with Dad’s influence. *cough* Notice the Captain Crunch in the cereal bowl.


Yeah, that doesn’t fly at home.

After breakfast we embarked.


Six hours on the beach and it was all AWESOME!

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It was also exhausting!


After showers and naps we headed back out…


…for dinner at Klees!


Then it was off to the arcade!


One final stroll on the boards…


…before bedtime stories.


Can you believe The Husband actually grabbed the camera and took a picture WITHOUT being asked? It was the highlight of the day for me. lol

Anyway, I had a great day and we still have all week! My goal is to run at least a mile a day while I’m here and get The Husband to take me to see The Conjuring on Friday for my Birthday. :)

Hope you had a great weekend!

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There are 20 comments so far.


    July 14, 2013

    Do you rent a house or is that a family house?

    When we lived in North Carolina, we went to Oak Island several times. I love, love, love the beach…


      July 15, 2013

      We rent, one day I hope to buy. Actually put owning a beach house on my bucket list. :)


      July 15, 2013

      My family has a cabin in the woods, on a lake in Canada. It’s my favorite place on the planet. Next time we go, I’m packing my running shoes and GoPro for a run on the dirt roads!


    July 15, 2013

    thankyou for doing this. You are my inspiration, my role model and make me see life in a whole new fantastic way!


      July 15, 2013

      You are SO welcome! Thank you for reading. :)


    July 15, 2013

    I think you should do yoga on the beach at sunrise. We got up early last summer just so my mom and sister could and it was awesome. (I was the photographer).


      July 15, 2013

      That’s a great idea! I just wish I had a partner, I’m a bad at yoga alone.


      July 15, 2013

      Check out the Center for Health and Healing in Toms River, they do yoga on the beach. I’m not sure if it’s Seaside Park or Heights.


      July 15, 2013

      Thanks! I just checked the site and it’s tomorrow! I’m totally going!


      July 18, 2013

      Thanks! It was awesome!!


      July 18, 2013

      Great, I’m glad you liked it. Yoga on the beach is awesome!


      July 18, 2013

      The beach yoga is taught in SS Hgts on Fri, Sat. Sun & Mon all at 8am $10, and SS Park on Tues and Friday at 6pm $5. thanks hope to see u there.


      July 18, 2013

      I went on Tues in SS park. Had a blast!

    Happy Vacation!! I smiled when I saw the captain crunch. When I was a kid we vacationed on our boat for 3-4 weeks. My Mom would let each of us pick a cereal of our choice. Peanut butter captain crunch was always my choice. Lol. It’s vacation!!

    Mish @ Mishmarieg

    July 15, 2013

    your husbands ‘love’ of the camera kills me everytime.


    July 15, 2013

    I’m glad to see you guys still came to Seaside. They’ve done a lot of work after Sandy to get it in shape for the season.


      July 15, 2013

      We HAD to come. It our way of supporting the community.


    July 15, 2013

    I love the third picture with your youngest one walking away in the background, its like he said I don’t got time for pics, the beach is waiting for me! LOL


    July 15, 2013

    I LOVE the picture of you reading with the kids!


    July 17, 2013

    What a perfect day! Great week too because its SO HOT!