While our darling girls played with Nana and Papa, we spent the weekend in an adorable retro hotel right on the water in Emerald Isle. We walked on the beach, sat on our balcony, cuddled in beach chairs and talked.. and talked and talked. There wasn't a cloud in the sky during the day and the sky shone with stars at night. It was chilly, but we like it that way. We ate fluffy diner waffles for breakfast and fresh guacamole with fruit and cheese for lunch. And for dinner.. ah dinner. We had grilled Mahi-Mahi in a delightful lemon caper butter sauce at our favorite waterfront restaurant in Beaufort. I had called ahead and asked for a seat by the water and when we arrived we were seated at the best table in the house. We sat and sipped our wine and watched the sun set over the bay. While we waited for our food, and this is going to sound very Disney but stay with me.... we watched as dolphins played in the glow of the sunset. Sigh. It could not have been more incredible.... and then the check came. Our sweet waitress came to the table, and said "Everything has been taken care of." She smiled and handed us the receipt, on the back of which was written "From Ned". My sweet Daddy called ahead and not only ensured that they gave us the very best seat in the house, but also took care of the check. I wonder how he got those dolphins to perform? Kidding. Thank you Dad, and Mom, for a much needed break, for taking care of our babies, and for always being one step ahead of us.