I have been coming to the Outer Banks, North Carolina for as long as I can remember. It’s the one time of the year where all of my family gets together for a full week in three big houses and spends quality time together. The OBX is a great place to kick back, relax, and just enjoy the beach and enjoy each other’s company. This year was no different. We spent every day lounging in beach chairs with our toes in the sand soaking up the sun. We played numerous games of corn hole (or Bagg-o depending on where you are from) and pool volleyball with our makeshift net. We had lots of family dinners including the annual meatball night & birthday night, late night jam sessions on the back deck, trips to our favorite restaurant, “Tortuga’s Lie,” (which will be featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives this season), BINGO night with Granny, family game nights, lots of wine and lots of laughs. These are some of my favorite photos that I took with my new camera (Happy Birthday to me!) during our vacation. Summer is my favorite time of year, and although we are now in the beginning of fall, I’m already looking forward to next year’s crazy Italian/Irish family vacay!