Saturday, August 1, 2009

Tuesday--The Beach!

What a surprise, we got up and hit the beach again! Nick went golfing with Uncle Loring, and so Matt and I and the kids went down. We had such a great time. There weren’t really waves for boogie boarding,

but the kids spent a lot of time in the water

, and then made an art installation on the beach. We have found a bunch of sea life here, Matt pulled out the goggles and found lots of interesting stuff. It all started when Amelia made a display of all the different seaweeds.

We spent a lot of time shoveling sand against the tide, which was futile, as always.

Uncle Matt bought everyone ice cream,

and I went back to get the car. Then we went back to the house, set up badminton,

and Matt and I did some shopping, and we had another delicious dinner. The kids watched Coraline, and then off to bed! What a fun day!!

Monday-Cape Cod

Today we got up and hit the beach again. I have been running, though it is still quite muggy. It is fun to see all the cute houses, today I saw one that was not weather-beaten grey, but red!

And there is a yellow house down the road! I think they must have been allowed to pick their paint color off the Martha Stewart Cape Cod Color Palette. Everything here looks the same, and although it is quaint and distinctive, I am hesitant to call it boring. Cape Codders (Codites?) would kill me. They have a good sense of humor, Miles gets a kick out of this sign.

Sunburn report is: Nick: back, fairly major, used no sunscreen
Caroline: back, major, used sunscreen, in water a lot, no re-application
Miles: none
Elise: minor on nose, and where Nick missed on her back

After beach, we loafed around the house, and Nick and I went to the store for provisions. Caught up some laundry, did a lot of reading and played outside.

Sunday-Grandmother Evelyn Memorial

We got up and head to the beach first thing. We jump right in the Atlantic, the water is about 68 degrees and perfect. We have to wade out to our knees through some icky seaweed, but once you are past that, it is really nice. There are not really big enough waves for boogie boarding, so we just float along on them, having a good time. I said “pschw!” every time Caroline and I went over a wave. Uncle Matt found some huge whelks, which were very cool looking to everyone but Caroline. It was basically a giant snail to her….We come back and shower and change, we are due to the graveyard at 3:00.

We caravan over there with our various GPS devices, and figure out where the Baker Family plot is.

Here is the obelisk!

Here are Stanley Baker SR, and Stanley Baker Junior.

Grandmother Evelyn did not want to be buried in an urn, so this is the same urn that Stanley Baker Jr was buried in 25 years ago, which Evelyn, Meredith and Zoe dug up the next day, and dumped the ashes into the ground to save the urn. Evelyn thought it was a shame to bury such a beautiful thing, and it was expensive! The Baker women are nothing if not pragmatic. So we each put some of the ashes into the ground, and then the kids moved all the dirt back. Meredith and Loring said a few words, and we took a few group photos. This is everyone who is related to Evelyn, both by blood and marriage.

Then we went off to another graveyard to see Mad Jack Percival’s grave, he is the great great great uncle of my kids, I think, if I have been taking notes properly….

The other relatives buried here are the ‘Fish’ family. Here they are:

We went back to the house for a fantastic dinner. Grilled veggies and swordfish and Cape Cod Cod.

Saturday--Travel Day

Today we got up and got packed and ready to hit the road. Nick went to Wal-Mart (it was near! Don’t judge!) to get some provisions for the road. Apparently they do not sell produce there. Weird. We get rolling, and hit traffic, as expected, across the George Washington Bridge. It never let up until we were out of NYC, and even then, only briefly. People complain about traffic in Seattle, but it really has nothing on this area, holy moldy! We go about 5 mph all the way across Connecticut, and it finally lets up until just before we get Cape Cod. We creep along for a while, and then finally see this sign!!

Yay! We get a call from Grandma Meredith that we are invited to a BBQ at Jody’s cousin’s house. So we go there first, and have some dinner and beer, and then head to the house. Good thing we have GPS, all the roads and landmarks look the same!