The Blog

By Maureen

And that's a wrap! Our First Summer Is Over!

18 September, 2018

Sadly, I have to admit that our first summer of living at the beach is over and school has started again. I wanted to take the time to…

Just Me and Three

17 July, 2018

Its been just over a month of full time living here in Bethany Beach and for the most part I have been here alone with just our three…

Gardening By The Water

12 July, 2018

I get the biggest thrill of excitement at creating something beautiful and watching it grow. At our beach house we are working with a…

Pinching Myself

26 June, 2018

It’s been almost three weeks of full time living here in Bethany Beach and it is amazing! The house and our family has finally found a…

How To Carry Care Free Beach Life Home With You

15 December, 2017

For most people, the beach is typically associated with vacation, carefree times, laughter, and a release from all stressful times. Our…

A Little Bit Of Chalk Paint And Some Vision

09 November, 2017

It’s time for a little change of pace and to show you some of the fun things I have been working on. As you know, Greg and I are determined…

Blissful Contentment

06 November, 2017

Blissful Contentment These words sound like such a beautiful but almost unachievable thing. We have a crazy life with three kids and two…

8 Toilets

14 October, 2017

Having a second home as a vacation home sounds really glamorous and fun.. until you are the one maintaining and cleaning them both! My…

The Evening Before The Dream

05 October, 2017

Our dream is about to begin! We have wired the money, signed the papers.. and now it’s time to move in!!! We just bought a second home by…

By Greg

Crap, We are the Joneses

11 October, 2018

On the drive down to the beach for Columbus Day weekend, my wife and I were chatting about the beach house and how great this first year has…

Principal Payments

12 September, 2018

Today is my wife’s birthday! Since it’s her birthday, I want to talk about a topic where she’s been right and I’ve been stubbornly ignorant…

What Does Your Place Whisper?

22 August, 2018

Two random silly things happened today that made me think yet again about the idea of place . First, I listened to a Tropical MBA podcast…

The Ultimate Luxury

19 August, 2018

I’ve been here for a full ten days now on a wonderful August vacation. We haven’t had a schedule or a planned event the whole time really…

This Isn't Vacation Living

14 August, 2018

I’m on “vacation” this week, which is to say that I’m not at work. I’m still doing some work here and there, but not much, and my days…

A Sense of Place

11 July, 2018

It’s the middle of the week in July and I’m sitting on my porch in Maryland listening to some Coltrane. The evening is peaceful - crickets…

The Great TV Debate

27 June, 2018

It’s been awhile since I’ve written anything here, and there’s good reasons for that! We’ve been REALLY busy. But it’s June and the family…

The New Year!

10 January, 2018

It’s 2018 now and we’ve reached the low point of the year as far as beaching it goes. January and February are cold and lower, slower…

The First Month's Budget

01 December, 2017

It’s December 1st here in sunny Delaware, and it feels more like an October day than December. That suits us just fine though, the off…

The Kid Rules

25 November, 2017

There’s no question about it, we’re in love with this place. It’s Thanksgiving weekend and we’re hanging out in Maryland with lots of…

Pushing Too Hard

21 November, 2017

We’re back in Maryland getting prepared for Thanksgiving this week. Since we’re hosting 20+ people at our house, there’s a ton to do…

The Wire and Illiquidity

08 November, 2017

I mentioned before that the painful day in buying the beach house was actually the day before closing. That was the day I got to wire…

Weekend Schedule

06 November, 2017

We’re now four weekends into this little adventure, and I think we’re starting to get the schedule down. Here’s what it looks like: Pack up…

That First Lunch

04 November, 2017

It’s a beautiful Saturday morning at the beach on the first weekend in November. Daylight savings time starts tomorrow, so the sun isn’t up…

All My Big Purchases Are Done

01 November, 2017

Now that the bare bones of this little site are setup, it’s time to focus on some writing. Maureen and I are about three weeks into two…

Welcome to Just a Dream

An adventure in Delaware beach living.

About Us

We are a young family of five who decided to purchase our dream beach house. Watch us transform it and enjoy the relaxed life of Delaware living.