1. Julia! That looks awesome and so relaxing! Hope you were able to soak it in and take a break! Love the flags together:) That last picture of the kids could be your holiday card! So cute!

    Welcome back!

  2. There is something special about the Jersey Shore.. I’m with you, that it completely relaxes me like nothing else. i’m lucky to live only an hour away from our gorgeous NJ beaches and I go every chance I can get. Glad you had fun and yes, that last picture is adorable!

    1. Thanks! The show Jersey Shore gave it a bad name which is so not true. The majority of the beaches are pretty and not full of complete idiots πŸ˜‰

  3. i LOVE that photo of your kiddos! welcome back- it looks amazing!!! i have never been to the jersey shore. πŸ™‚ take me with you next time, ok?

    1. LOL, that certainly would be an awesome vacation with you. I’d totally would love to hit their annual yard sale one of these years and you’d be the perfect buddy for that!

  4. Those houses are amazing! I love the beach, it is so relaxing to sit my the water and hear the waves crash! I know you had a wonderful time with your family. The last picture is precious!

  5. Looks wonderful! Glad you guys had such a great time. We are taking my little guy to Philly and then to NJ (for the beach) in August…I’m excited and seeing your pictures makes me want to go RIGHT NOW!

    1. Wow awesome. So you’ll be close to us. Have a great time at the Jersey Shore!

  6. Oh, those American houses are so different but so beautiful as well!
    And being on the beach is just relaxing where ever you are… I love the sound at the beach!

    Looks like you had a wonderful time
    …and soon: Welcome here in Germany. Right now, we have something close to summer, so you should better hurry up πŸ˜‰

    Love, Midsommarflicka

    1. Yes, they have beautiful American architecture down there. So different from Germany!
      I heard about the lack of summer in Germany this year. I hope we get lucky with the weather!!!!

  7. Glad you had a great time. I would love a beach house. Or just to be close enough to drive to the beach would be great! πŸ˜‰ Avalon looks fun!

    1. Yes, a beach house is such a dream but it won’t happen unless we win the lottery πŸ™

  8. Looks amazing and I am so glad that you got to relax and have fun! Those houses look incredible…I will have to go and check them out online. I love going and looking at rentals online for imaginary vacations that I could go on. Total time waster, but it’s fun to look around! I have never been there so I might have to add it to my list! Glad you are back! πŸ˜‰

  9. Wow, it looks like such a fun time! Those houses are amazing. Glad you had a great trip…and I am with you…I think I could just spend my life at the beach.

    1. Yes, I’d love to spend my life at the beach. How can people not like the beach????

  10. If that last picture of your kids is not hanging on your wall, I will personally come over and make it happen. THAT IS A PHENOMENAL PICTURE! It just captures the real essence of the beach….gorgeous kids BTW!

    1. LOL, I think it will end up somewhere in our house and off course the yearly photobook πŸ˜‰

    1. I’d take any of them too. I’d take the smallest shack in town and I’d be happy πŸ˜‰

  11. It’s look so beautiful there! love, love the beach, so relaxing and amazing & those houses oh! wish I could afford one of those !!!
    πŸ™‚ you look great in your pictures Julia! πŸ™‚ glad to hear you had a great time too with your family!

  12. I miss summer visits to Avalon! My good friend from college has a family house right on the beach. Her grandparents bought it ages ago and it’s sandwiched in between all those mansions you showed and is probably worth millions by now but they’ve kept it cute and humble and it’s just the best little place. Good luck settling back in and getting ready for you next big trip “home!”

  13. I can’t wait for my trip to the beach later this summer! That last pic with your gorgeous kids is perfection! So precious!!! Glad you had a blast! XO, Aimee

    1. Thank you Aimee,
      Now I just have to get back into the swing of things. So many blogs to catch up on.

    1. We had an awesome time. So relaxing. People who can head down to the beach for the summer don’t even know how lucky they are.

  14. Don’t you just love it there? something so pretty and small town about Avalon. We rent there every year in August and feel so lucky to be there. We were going to buy a small old cottage there like 15 years ago (before the housing boom) we kick ourselves everytime we think about it! oh well… maybe someday!!! Glad you had some nice family time!

    1. I have been going to Avalon ever since I was a small child. My parents and I flew in from Germany to be in that beautiful little town and visit their best friends. I have so many great memories there.
      I wish you a great vacation in August πŸ˜‰

  15. I am happy for you to have had such a wonderful vacation. I too love the ocean and any beach. I love our East Coast beaches any day of the year.

    I am lucky to be a 45 minute drive from some wonderful beaches… Fernandina, Neptune, Atlantic, Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, St. Augustine and more.

  16. So beautiful Julia! Thank you for taking the photos and sharing with us…can’t wait to see your pictures from Germany! ox

  17. I have to laugh I was just down in Avalon this past weekend and I know I drove by some of those lovely homes and the Utz home as well. So pretty. We return in August, I can’t wait. Sounds like you had a great time.

    1. We go every year too. Have fun in August! And hope the water will finally be warmer for you!

  18. Looks like you and your family had a wonderful time! You have me counting down the days until our vacation in August. I love east coast architecture too. I used to live by the beach here in San Diego and there were a few homes that looked like they belonged in the Hamptons and beautiful as they are, they seemed very out of place.

  19. Glad you had such a wonderful vacation. One of the things I miss most about Jersey is the shore.

  20. Those are some beautiful homes! I’d be running around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to photograph them all! : ]

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