1. We have missed you but everyone needs a vacation. I too took a beak this week (mine was more of a stay-cation) and I have to say, I’m not sorry either! It is nice to take a few day to forget about deadlines and responsibilities and just relax. Avalon looks like a beautiful place to do that.

    1. Stay-cations are great too and I’m glad you got a chance to relax at home. What I don’t like when I disconnect at home is that I see what needs to be done and can’t relax. When I get away I don’t nonstop think I need to clean or fix things 😉

  2. aaaw, i loved this post and the photos! what a beautiful place to visit each year and create new memories while visiting old ones. and your kids fighting look just as mine do when they fight- they are definitely somewhat enjoying it!

    1. I never even noticed how much they enjoyed fighting until I looked at the photos LOL. Is that a good or bad sign?

  3. Hi Julia –

    One thing I will miss since moving to SC is getting down the shore. It is my favorite place on earth. Seeing those old photos with the old style house with no AC, sandy floors, and a slamming screen door flooded my mind with many happy memories spent down the shore in the 60′ and 70’s. Happy times are what the shore is all about. Happy to see you had a great time.

    1. You described it perfectly with the sandy floors and slamming screen door Diane.
      It is my favorite place too and I hope I still get to visit for many more years to come. Maybe you can go again one year too. We should do a blogger conference (aka get-together) somewhere at the Jersey shore

    2. Diane, I love it. You proved you’re one of us. Only Jersey beach rats (ha ha!) know the expression “down the shore” not “down TO the shore” (or, heaven forbid, “to the beach”!). I❤️7-mile island.

  4. I LOVE all your pics…can almost smell the salt in the air.
    The kids are getting so big- you son hansome and your daughter gorgeous! I think they look very German!

    1. Thank you Carol. I’ve heard before that they look German 😉 Especially because my son and I have a big head and according to our pediatrician, that is a German thing.

  5. That is a ‘real’ vacation when you can shut out everything work-related and enjoy family. Your photos are fabulous.

    1. Thanks Lynn, I enjoy taking photos down there more than anywhere else and I took way way too many.

  6. Esther Books says:

    Looks absolutely beautiful! I had no idea NJ was this pretty. Glad you finally had a chance to unplug, though I did miss my weekly notifications!

    1. You should visit the Jersey Shore one day. Looks like you had a great time in Lohr though too. Wish you could come to the Festwoche.

  7. Claudia Lea says:

    Beautiful pics. Especially love the old ones – can’t believe how small those bushes in the front used to be! I have no memory of ever actually seeing the front two windows of the old house! haha =)

    1. You have no idea how grateful we are that we have been able to do this every 4th of July and hang out with the same people down there. It’s so great that the kids were able to make friends who they see every year again. It’s the best place ever. I have so many old photos of our parents by the way. Kay got a lot of the old DIAs developed.

  8. Wow! One of my favorite bloggers in my hometown of Avalon?! I wish I had known ~ I would have loved to meet you in person (and I also could have given you my miracle cure for sun blisters … Stops them dead in their tracks before they start looking like pine cones hanging from your lips????).

  9. First you have a beautiful family! I absolutely love your pictures and am jealous. What a great beach and amazing memories.

  10. Enjoy Avalon! Have a drink at The Circle, for me 🙂

    1. Thanks, I love going to the Sanbar at the Golden Inn

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