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Family medicine

After a spring filled with school activities, never-ending lunch packing and school drop off and pick up, work deadlines and dream-come-true projects, our family was truly counting the days until the school year finally came to a close so we could have things finally loosen up a bit.

And almost as soon as they did? We did the only thing we could possibly do; We packed our bags and ran off  to Dillon Beach for a long, much-needed weekend!

For three days, the four of us walked on the beach, stared at the sunset, soaked up the sun and piled into one big bed for snuggles and giggles.

It was exactly what we needed and an amazing way to set the tone for the entire summer ahead.

From the moment we arrived at the house, we were in love…

Dillon Beach vacation rental, Tide Pool, Tide Pool exterior, beach house

Matthew took his job of investigating the entire house very seriously…

Little boy

And while he was off exploring, I got lost in the kitchen. The fantastic, bright, well-appointed kitchen. Ahhh… bliss.

And by get lost, I mean I unpacked the wine I brought with me. See it, just to the left of the sink… by the Keurig (!!!)?

Dillon Beach vacation rental, Tide Pool Kitchen

Oh look.. and another bottle just there to the right of the amazing stove.

Dillon Beach Vacation Rental, Tide Pool

Katie went in search of the perfect room. First she liked this one, but…

Dillon Beach vacation rental

… then she saw this one and settled in and staked her claim.

Tide Pool, Dillon Beach

But, let’s be real. We didn’t go to the beach to hang out inside. We quickly headed outside to enjoy the deck.

girl at beach

It’s safe to say that Allie didn’t hate the beach…Double Doodle, Golden Doodle, Labradoodle, North American Retriever

And this smile? Oh, that one came from so deep inside.

girl at beach

Removed from friends, schedules and everything else that goes along with our normal, crazy routine, Katie and Matthew reconnected with one another in a way that left their parents a little bit choked up and a whole lot grateful.


The kids were so excited to see this guy as we were hanging out on the deck.

doe, deer, dillon beach

One of the lovely things about a weekend away is there’s plenty of time for playing with oversized checkers and hanging out on the couch (a super cozy couch, I might add!).

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little girl

And who doesn’t love a good sunset?

Sunset Dillon Beach

Tide Pool view, Dillon Beach view, Dillon Beach Rental

While we have a no-sugar breakfast cereal policy at home, all bets are off when we’re on vacation. Matthew, allow me to introduce you to Fruit Loops! (Yes, that’s fantastic bed head.)

boy eating breakfast

If I could wake up to this view every day, I would never get any work done.

Tide Pool view, Dillon Beach view, Dillon Beach Rental

While the kids napped, I took advantage of the lack of wifi and reread one of my favorite books (Elevate the Everyday by Tracey Clark).

Elevate the Everyday

There’s nothing better than the beach for bringing a family back together, I’m certain of it. Maybe it’s the peaceful sound of the waves? The lack of shoes and schedules?

Dillon Beach sunset girl on beach

And the best way to cap off a day in the sand is an evening in the tub. With a view. Seriously, do you see that view?

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I can’t say enough about how much fun we had and how much good it did for our souls to escape for the weekend.

If you’re ever headed to Dillon Beach for vacation, I highly recommend Dillon Beach Property Management. We stayed at The Tide Pool, but they have so many great houses from which to choose.  

My Would-Be Husband

Goodbyes are always so difficult for me.  My aunt and uncle have been visiting for the past ten days and left this morning.  We live on the opposite coast from my family.  Time spent with them is precious and slips through my fingers every time.

I was two years old when my father died.  Growing up without a father is life defining.

When you are a child without a father, you see them everywhere.  Holding hands with their children, teaching them to ride a bike, tossing them in the air.

When you are a child without a father, you ache for what you don’t have.

Your heart breaks when you hear the term “Daddy’s Girl,” as those words will never be used to describe you, no matter how much you wish it were so.

My uncle, my godfather, was just a teenager when I was born.  He was so incredibly cool and handsome; I was sure that I would marry him.  I followed him everywhere and knew that he’d marry me just as soon as I could convince him how wonderful a plan it was.

We watched football together, he taught me to ride a bike, he took me for rides in his car, he played his Foreigner and Styx albums (yes, albums!) for me.  I adored him.

All this time, he was giving me the one gift that no one else truly could.  He was being my dad.

His kindness, compassion, and presence are gifts that have lasted me a lifetime.  They are gifts that ultimately led me to my husband, as I knew that I could settle for no one less wonderful.

What a lucky woman my aunt is!  I sure hope she’s enjoying my guy.

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Nichole Beaudry @NicholeBeaudry Location: Northern California
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