Saturday, June 13, 2015

New Jersey Vacation

If I could sum up our vacation in one word, I would say "relaxing".  I've heard someone say that when you have young children, vacation just means "taking care of your kids somewhere else."  But this time, vacation actually meant vacation.

We stayed with Jane and Bud Miles at their shore home on Long Beach Island.

When we arrived on Monday, Jane took the kids for a walk along the ocean while Andy and I took a nap!  The weather wasn't the most cooperative all week, but it did allow us the opportunity to drink coffee and stay in our jammies until lunch time and not feel the least bit guilty about it!  And we filled the evenings with movie watching and a fire in the fireplace!

But, of course, we did venture out of the house too.

We made a visit on Tuesday to the Conyers' shore home to see Ruth and Charlie Conyers as well as Nancy Houser.  After we left, I realized that I didn't take any photos from our time there.  We enjoyed a great lunch and an even greater time reconnecting with people who we have missed so much.

The Conyers gave each of the kids a gift certificate to the Hay Market - a toy store on the island.  The next day, Jane took the kids shopping while Andy and I slept/drank coffee/took showers/something like that.  Bella picked out a skip toy and a wubble.  Graydon got a spy scope and magic 8 ball.  Curtis got a Lego kit and penguin game.  They all had so much fun with their new toys!
IMG_1413Later that day, we drove up the island to Barnegat Light to see the old lighthouse.    
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The kids always want to do silly photos.  We promise these in exchange for some nice smiles in the others. (Graydon brought his spy scope).
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Jane and the kids!
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Being silly.
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Jane had a craft project prepared for the kids.
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The finished products!  I love these little keepsakes from our time together.
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On Thursday, my friend Jen came out to visit.  While we enjoyed lunch and coffee and a windy walk along the beach, Andy took the kids back to the Conyers' house to do a little fishing.  Nothing biting that day.  But a good time anyway!
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Later on, Jane and Andy took the kids swimming.
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Graydon and Curtis made some big strides in their swimming skills.  And Curtis even started jumping in the pool on his own.
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We went back again the next day because they enjoyed it so much.
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Me and Jen!  We picked up like no time had even passed.  I'm so thankful for our friendship!
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Jane has beautiful guest rooms in her home and lovely beds for the kids to sleep in.  But each night, at least two of the kids wanted to sleep in the closet.  I think Curtis spent every night in there and Graydon and Bella rotated.  There was always at least one empty bed!
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Another craft time!  Ruth Conyers provided these globe Christmas ornaments.  Jane collected some sand and they added their favorite shells to make another nice keepsake from our week together.
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I must not have taken a photo of the completed globes.  But they turned out really nice!

Andy and I went out to dinner that night.  He took my photo because I'm eating seafood!  Usually, I don't.  But I decided that when you're at the shore. . . you need to eat seafood.  I opted for crabcakes.  Seafood -- but disguised.  They were actually really good.
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On Friday, we went out for ice cream thanks to the ice cream money the kids received from Miss Nancy.
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Saturday arrived.  The temperature went up and the wind died down.  The sun tried to peek out here and there.  This was our last day, so we determined that we'd go to the beach no matter what.
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The kids had a blast!
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On several occasions throughout our visit, Graydon referred to Jane as "Grandma".  Jane has felt like family to us for quite a while.  Up until this visit, our kids called her "Miss Jane".  But with Graydon calling her Grandma and us feeling so much like family, we decided to rename her.  Our name-storming session included: Nana Jane, Nanny Jane, Aunt Jane, Popette, Kitty, and we finally settled on ................. Mimi Jane or just Mimi.

Here is Mimi with the kids!!  
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Back at the house and playing with some toys while Andy and I packed up our bags.
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Time to say goodbye to New Jersey until next summer.
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We took a little bit of video footage during our visit and I stuck a couple of extra photos in as well.


Thanks again for the wonderful week Mimi Jane!! We can't wait until you come visit us this fall.

1 comment:

mcbenetti said...

Looks like a great week. And crab cakes are the best!