Virginia Beach 2014!

Oh Virginia Beach, how I love you so….

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Last week was our annual family vacation at the beach. We’ve been able to stay in the same beach house for the past 5 years, so it’s such a sense of comfort to walk up the familiar stairs and sit at the same place on the beach.  This year was a little more subdued for us as the hubby had a business conference in NC at the same time causing him to miss our beach week.  We still had a blast, but you know the feeling when a key piece to the puzzle is missing, right?  I flew with the boys last Saturday and arrived to bright sunny skies and plenty of cool sand and water to take a nice long walk.

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The first half of the week was bright and sunny. We had a nice round of mini-golf, spent sooo much time in the water and went to the movies (Earth to Echo and Transformers – Thumbs Up). We also had our first whole rain day mid-week, but did manage to get in some fishing time though.  Last year we caught over 80 fish. This year? 10 + 1 crab. We love to fish here in the mornings because not only are all the seagulls and pelicans out, but we always have a nice dolphin show to watch.

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I couldn’t resist this picture of T. Poor kid almost took a swim after reeling in some seaweed! He held on though with a little help from his grandad.

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Our foggy walk along Sandbridge Beach.  Pretty view, but much better in the sun!  The end of the week brought cooler temperatures and lots of riptides.  It was so bad Friday that the county lifeguards had no – swim warnings up everywhere.  In 7 years at this beach I have never seen seas this rough before and temperatures in the upper 70′s! Weird, but much more enjoyable than the 100 degree temps last summer! So we spent the rough days building sandcastles and burying small children….

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Have to sneak in one last picture… My 13yo is now into selfies. Seriously? But if it allows me a second or two to snuggle up with my boy I’m all for it.

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Thanks for hanging out and looking at our first summer adventure!  I’ll be back tomorrow with pictures of the handmade travel items I brought with me. Have a great Wednesday! Cindy

The Retro Rucksack Inspiration Tour (Day 5)


Hi everyone!  If you are visiting from Radiant Home Studio I welcome you to Raspberry Sunshine! My name is Cindy and I am a SAHM to 3 wonderful boys and wife to my HS sweetheart. We currently live in the Central New York area, but if you read my blog often you know that can change every few years!  I have had a love of handbags since I was a little girl, so when my youngest finally started school I {Read More}

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A Video Tutorial Find With A Twist!

Greetings from a beautiful Thursday morning at Virginia Beach!  I am up early with my morning cup of coffee and enjoying a few minutes of quiet before the house wakes up.  I’ve gone through my e-mails, checked all my favorite social outlets and even edited a few pictures (thank you caffeine!).  As I was looking through some new Pinterest links I found this cute little coin pouch tutorial. After saving it to my DIY Board I clicked over to watch {Read More}

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The Retro Rucksack Pattern Inspiration Tour ~ Coming soon ~

Check out Raspberry Sunshine July 18th when I will be part of Friday’s stop for the Retro Rucksack Inspiration Tour by Radiant Home Studio! I will be sharing my finished Rucksack along with some tips and an overall review of the pattern.  If you are looking for a unique bag design with several carrying options, this may be the one for you! Here are the stops for the Inspiration Tour: Monday, July 14th Radiant Home Studio || Sweeter Than Cupcakes Tuesday, July {Read More}

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~Introducing My Totes Ma Tote Bag by Emmaline Bags~

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I am so excited to finally share my Totes ma Tote Bag with you today!  This is the newest pattern release by Janelle MacKay of Emmaline Bags and boy is it another great one!  Once I read through the pattern, I knew I had to make the Totes in a fun summery print! It’s finally warm(er) here so time to celebrate and be happy, right? The only alterations I made to my tote was the substitution of round screw-in grommets {Read More}

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