Sunday in The Outer Banks

Today was so much fun, I really hope that I can remember everything we did so I  can write it here! We started the day bright and early with a 6:45 wake up call from Jay. We got showered and played around the house until it was time to leave for church. We got bored so we decided to leave for church early. 

We got there at around 9:30, and it started at 10. By 9:50 hundreds of people started coming in. Yes hundreds. This small ward of 100 people during the fall, winter, and spring drew crowds of 400+ every Sunday during the summer. Except Memorial day when apparently it got to over 1,000 and the old man in the ward told us they had to use an elementary school auditorium and still bring extra chairs from the church too. I was astonished at the faith that all these families had to come to church even when they were on vacation. Only 150-200 fit in the actual chapel, so all the remaining families had to crowd in the classrooms and participate in sacrament meeting there. Passing the sacrament took 40 minutes! There was also a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy there who spoke to us. The greatest moment was when Jay started being fussy and I went out in the hall while everyone was singing "Come, Come, Ye Saints", all the families in all the classrooms were still singing it, without their books, and just really participating in the meeting even though they weren't in the chapel. It was such a neat experience. We're so grateful that we have the church wherever we are each Sunday! 

After church we headed back to the house to let Jay take a nap before more adventures. He didn't sleep a wink so we thought it would be a good time to take the family pictures we had been planning on taking while we were here. We set the camera on self timer and got the picture right the first time. No other pictures or poses required, we were happy and done! We then took some pictures of Jay for his 1st birthday announcements that we're planning on sending to our families. He's such a cutie so getting a picture of him was real easy ;)

After that we attempted the nap again, still wasn't happening. So we went to the Wright Brothers Monument and explored the small museum and sights there. It was fun having Derek as an aviation expert to tell me how things really went down. This was probably his favorite part of the trip.

Once everything was seen there, we headed back to attempt yet another nap with no luck. I eventually passed out on the couch out of exhaustion and Derek got to entertain Jay for about an hour. When I woke up I guess that had been a pretty hectic hour, cause as soon as Derek saw my eyes open he said, "Lets go see a light house, he's being so busy!" So we strapped Jay into the car seat and we were off to see the light house at Currituck Beach. 

When we got there it was closed and the fence was locked and we couldn't see the light house from the our side of the fence. I decided if we just drove 26 miles to see the lighthouse, I wasn't leaving without a picture. I hopped the fence, ran in, got the picture, and then sprinted out. I broke the law of the land on a Sunday, but it was totally worth it. After that, we walked through the wetlands that were nearby, and then headed home. 

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