October 20, 2012

Family, Friends, Food... Vacation 2012

The other day, one of my kids was complaining about how long it has been since I wrote a blog post.  And its true.  It has been forever and a day.  Everything, and everyone, around us has moved at a rapid rate since we returned from vacation.  We came home to several disasters and have encountered numerous more since then.  I don't know how many times I have threatened to pack and return south indefinitely.  Most people would think I was joking, but my family knows I couldn't be more serious.

But family life, home school and homestead march on and I am marching forward with them.  For the sake of my sanity, and to appease my children, I wanted to take a few minutes and revisit the more peaceful days of vacation.
Our children have all been the same.  When they are babies they hate the sand, the ocean and the noise of the beach. The next summer they always somehow forget what they despised and join the rest of us in thinking there is no better afternoon than a deserted beach, a picnic and a shovel and pail.  Carmella was no exception.  She would happily sit on the blanket and eat and watch the others but if one toe touched the sand she cried.  And doubly so when we took her to the water.

Aedan caught the first fish of the season.

Our beach... not really.  It's public but this time of year we are the only ones there so we think of it as our own little bit of Heaven.

All my kids are so artistic.  Likewise to my siblings.  Somehow the gene skipped me.  One rainy day, actually the only rainy day, I decided to try my hand at painting.  Some of my girls thought it was absolutely hilarious that I would stoop to paint by number... but it was a fun exercise in the evenings after the little ones went to bed.

Love this piece of drift wood that washed up in the storm.

Fishing by moonlight

Sunrise study

Teaching Aunt Dawn to kayak

Afternoon ride

Boating with Captain Sonny

Midnight Puzzlers

Neighbors (We miss you all so much!!!)

Sunset on the marsh

Who Done It?

Carmella hated her evening bath until we got to our vacation home.  Turns out she loves the jet tub and would stand on her tip toes and turn the faucets on in anticipation of a splash about.  Now she loves her bath and giggles through it every night.

I was healing a fracture in my ankle so biking was not just a way to get around the island but also a great way to sneak in lots of exercise.

After nearly three weeks Carmella put a toe off the blanket one morning.  And then the whole foot.  And then the other.  Before we knew it, she was laughing and crawling down the beach.  

Pa stuck strictly to his eating and exercise plan the entire time we were on vacation so our trips for the world's best gelato were limited to exactly one night.  But it sure was worth waiting for.

Heading to worship


Seth and Jessica... Seth is not short... I can't figure out where he was sitting to look so small

Miss Ginger

Rick and Barbara.... soon to be married!!!!

For the second year in a row... Kaitlin and I both won the bake off at Chapel.  Brianna and Emma both had delicious entries as well.  I think it is hilarious that Mr. and Mrs. Peavis were two of three winners in the cookie category.  That's keeping it in the family!

Rusty and Sherry, Granny, Black

Two of our ladies... Ginger and Diana discussing Kaitlin's Lemon Cake entry

Breakfast date

Pink fishing rods

My girls

Some friends of ours made us a delicious lunch to share on our last day

And other friends invited us to have a sunset dinner on their dock

Before they sent us home with lots of citrus from their orchard

And before you know it the car is packed and we are heading home for another year.  *Sigh*