A weekend in the Crystal Coast

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We took some time last weekend and skirted off to Mama & Daddy’s house.  It was just what Jake and I needed from all the crazy hustle & bustle that has been happening in our lives the last few weeks with house stuff.   We did take some time on Saturday to take my mom out to breakfast (and then lunch), explore a few neat little shops and take our eldest to Morehead City to hit up the Ulta there (she just wanted out of the house).

Here are the places we visited:

Seaside Coney Island – Swansboro – my sister in law has been after us to try this place out, since she found out that Jake loves authentic Detroit Coney’s (Michigan Coney’s? – not sure which is the correct title).  So, we finally tried this place out.  It ended up being, Mama, Jake and I.  We shared fried pickles while we waited for our food.  Mama got a BLT with fries while Jake and I each got a regular Coney with chili-cheese fries to share.  While waiting for our food – we found out the owners are from the Detroit area.  So yummy – we will definitely go back again!

Carteret Cafe – Cape Carteret – this is owned by a long-time resident, and the food is always good. When we woke up on Saturday, I came downstairs to the announcement that granddaddy was taking the 3 little kids to breakfast.  I attempted to wake the teenager up, who just requested “something from McDonalds”, so Mama, Jake and I headed to the Carteret Cafe.   I ordered an omelet and Jake ordered biscuits & gravy and we shared.  I have been there numerous times with my parents – and it is always good!

Elly’s – Emerald Isle – I can venture a guess that I have been inside this store 90% of the times I go to visit my mom.  Also, almost 90% of the time we don’t buy a thing – but love to look.  Its not one of the kitschy beach stores like Wings – its got a lot of cute stuff, and nice gift items.  We went there on Saturday looking for a gift for Natalee’s birthday.  We left empty handed, but I made sure to point out enough stuff that maybe Jake will get the hint for birthday or Christmas.  =)

After our morning adventure running around & eating breakfast & lunch – we came home and Jake watched the Tigers baseball game & the masters and I napped.  It was glorious – kids were all running around with their cousin Kyler & furry cousin Tanner.  It was just what my soul needed to refresh (although I did miss going down to the pier to see the ocean).




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