Blogging.... Do it for the Children!

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Blogging.... Do it for the Children!

There are many wonderful reasons to blog on Activerain.  SEO and Networking are two excellent reasons, but did you know that it could benefit your children too?  And Not just by bringing you more business and allowing for financial stability (although that is a really, really nice benefit).   

A few weekends ago, my family and I had the pleasure of spending the weekend with fellow AR Member and Loan Officer Nevin Williams.  He and his daughter visited the Crystal Coast and we all had a blast.  The original idea was to spend some time sailing, but high winds and choppy waters prohibited that idea.  Instead, we attended the Pirate Invasion, went on a boat tour around Carrot Island, saw some wild ponies, had a great lunch at the Dock House along the Beaufort Waterfront, Dinner at Molly's in Atlantic Beach, Breakfast at Four Corners Diner, A difficult game of frisbee on the beach (too much wind),  Sunset on the Sheraton Pier,  four wheeling, bike riding, ditch jumping, and body surfing at the beach.  We all had a great time, but I think the kids had the most fun and now.... Tan Man has a new friend.  Let's be very, very clear here....she is not his girlfriend (or so he says).  We hated to see them leave to head back to Raleigh, but it wasn't long before we got to "Hang" again.

During our Hurricane Evacuation to the Raleigh area, Nevin and his wonderful wife Erika called to check on us.   Rather than hang out in a hotel room all weekend, we met them for lunch at the Mongolian Grill and later enjoyed a visit to "Monkey Joes" where the kids went wild and the adults got a break!

We are already planning our next adventure together.... Maybe camping in the mountains or an amusement park!  Thank You Activerain!


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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Amy,

Looks like you had a great time.

This is what life is all about. Enjoying the company of others. Especially Active Rain members that come to visit.

Glad you had a good time.

Best, Clint Mckie

Sep 23, 2011 12:01 AM #1
Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

Amy, it looks as though you all have had a wonderful time!  Nevin makes a pretty good pirate (oh where is that pirate translator when I need it?).  The children couldn't look happier!

Sep 23, 2011 12:01 AM #2
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

That's so nice when you finally meet up with people you've had a relationship with here on AR.

Sep 23, 2011 12:04 AM #3
Sherri Berry
Reliant Realty, Murfreesboro - Murfreesboro, TN
Murfreesboro TN Homes & Real Estate

Amy what a great time that the kids will always remember!  Thanks so much for sharing this story.

Sep 23, 2011 12:05 AM #4
Amy Hahn
Pine Knoll Shores Realty - Morehead City, NC
Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC

Clint - We did have a wonderful time, and are looking forward to the next adventure with AR Friends.  Maybe one day, we'll get to visit with you!  Have a wonderfully happy Friday!

Laura - Nevin does make a wonderful pirate.  It is always nice to visit with friends, and I can't wait for our next visit with you!  Tanner is still bragging about beating you at Arm Wrestling ;0)

Jill - It is nice, and so far, every time I meet an AR friend in "Real Life", it feels like we've known each other forever!  Love this community!

Sherri - Tanner is definitely still talking about Nevin and his family.... And of course, Monkey Joes.  We all have a wonderful time when we meet up!


Sep 23, 2011 12:19 AM #5
Michael Thornton
RadnorLake Video - Nashville, TN
Nashville Area - Photography & Videography

Good morning, Amy. I had talked to Nevin last week and he mentioned that he was spending the weekend in your area. Nice to have fun with your family and other members of the rain...

Sep 23, 2011 12:41 AM #6
Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Your Realtor Down the Shore!

Now that looks like a fun time was had by all!  Great pix Amy!

Sep 23, 2011 12:42 AM #7
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Amy,

What a great post about new kid's friends and relationships formed because of ActiveRain! The pictures tell it all..what a great time you all had!! Tanner was definitely having a blast!!

Sep 23, 2011 12:46 AM #8
Amy Hahn
Pine Knoll Shores Realty - Morehead City, NC
Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC

Michael - I hope one day, we get to hang with you.  And, we love Nevin, but that Chelsea..... We fell absolutely in love with her.

Laura - We did have a ball!  One day, I'll make it to the Jersey Shore..... Would love to meet you in "real life".

Dorie - I just wish we all lived a little closer so we could meet up more often.  And if I ever make it down to TX..... I'll be calling you!

Sep 23, 2011 12:50 AM #9
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Amy, What a great time, and the future president will remember things like this forever.  Have a great day!

Sep 23, 2011 02:41 AM #10
Nevin Williams
Sierra Pacific Mortgage Raleigh - Raleigh, NC
Raleigh Mortgage Pro

Amy-  AAAARRRRGGGGHHHHH  Walk the plank!  LOL  That was certainly a great time.  We all had a lot of fun hanging out with you, Roger and Tan man.  We will do it again soon!

Sep 23, 2011 02:44 AM #11
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Amy, bet those kids had the best time, and glad they benefitted by all this blogging!

Sep 23, 2011 02:53 AM #12
Amy Hahn
Pine Knoll Shores Realty - Morehead City, NC
Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC

Will - You'll notice we didn't take any photos that could cause problems in his Presidential Future ;0)  They had a wonderful time... we all did!

Nevin - You do make an aweful good pirate!  Can't wait to see you all again!

Joan - The benefits of blogging.... Gotta love this place!

Sep 23, 2011 03:09 AM #13
Marian Goetzinger
Pine Knoll Shores Realty 252-422-9000 - Pine Knoll Shores, NC
Crystal Coast Real Estate NC

Oh, so now I know where you were when I was hanging out bored at the Evacuation Hotel.  Just kidding!  Glad you made some great new friends for all of us.  Love the slide show.

Sep 23, 2011 03:48 AM #14
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

I've always maintained that ActiveRain is, at its core, a social media platform. Yes, the SEO and business growth potential is wonderful. But getting to know people with a commonality already built in is what makes this place so much fun. So glad you guys had a wonderful time together. Not only for yourselves, but for the kids too!

Sep 23, 2011 09:39 AM #15
Amy Hahn
Pine Knoll Shores Realty - Morehead City, NC
Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC

Now Mom..... We took you Roller Skating!  Wasn't that fun?  Don't you just love all the wonderful folks we meet here?

Craig - .....and I am so glad that we met you here too!  The added business really is just a bonus to me!  If it weren't for you, I never would have met Nevin, so Thanks.  We always enjoy seeing you too and look forward to next time :0)


Sep 23, 2011 11:57 AM #16
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Do you think I can have a meet up for my dogs?? LOL. Looks like a wonderful time, what a cool thing to do.

Sep 23, 2011 02:44 PM #17
JoAnn Moore
The Mortgage Market of Delaware - Georgetown, DE
Home Loans in Delaware

Great photos depicting all of the activities and fun. It is great your two families were able to meet and have such a good time.  

Sep 24, 2011 03:58 AM #18
Amy Hahn
Pine Knoll Shores Realty - Morehead City, NC
Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC

Shar - I think my dog would love to meet your dogs.  Absolutely.  

JoAnn - It is wonderful, the friendships built in the rain.  Nevin and his family are wonderful.  We always have a great time when we meet up in "real life".

Sep 24, 2011 04:26 AM #19
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Amy, reading this post and viewing the photos made me want to be there with you all.  What FUN!

Sep 26, 2011 05:32 AM #20
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