Thursday, September 16, 2010

Keeping Traditions Alive

By some grace of God, we were able to sneak away from baseball this past July and head to the Cape for a couple of days and nights to see some of our favorite people in the whole world. God also blessed us with amazing weather for our quick trip so that we were able maximize our fun!

Our first day we headed for Nauset Beach where we could find waves to ride and swim in all day. Unfortunately, high tide hit right smack at high noon. Also, the surf was super strong and had even prevented people from swimming the day before. The big kids didn't waste any time heading in to ride the waves. Only minutes later Jack got completely pummeled when he jumped with his back facing a big wave. The wave sent him spiraling chest forward onto a bed of little rocks. He had abrasions across his chest even though he was wearing a swim shirt.

That almost put a quick end to our first beach day. But somehow we managed to stick it out and even Jack went back in at the end of the day to ride some waves when the tide had gone out. Little did we know until the next day's news that that day was one of the first days that sharks were spotted off of Cape Cod. Kind of scary when I think of that gigantic seal swimming along shore that came within a few feet of some swimmers. Wonder if the sharks were near by?!?

I learned my lesson not to bring my nice camera to the beach last year. Here are only a couple of shots at Nauset Beach taken with my pocket camera.

Our second day we headed to our favorite spot where the kids search for critters all day. This is the famous spot for our annual picture with our friends.

Here, we were still dealing with swimmy diapers and naps. Jack and Ben both chose the Hulk pop this year.

Ah, welcome Luke to the madness a couple years later. We are really starting to get outnumbered in the parent-to-child ratio. Jack and Ben choose the two-ball screwball and Luke gets that push-up ice cream thing.

The group pic snuck in at the play scape in Chatham center. Welcome Chica! "Poor" Ben got tagged out in pickle.

We're back to Schoolhouse Pond and ice cream! I'm guessing nobody is having problems distinguishing my Irish/Welsh/Scottish/hint of Italian kids?

And the 2010 picture... we got a teenager, some pre-teens, some other cuties and a whole bunch of snow cones! I feel so old! Look at how they've grown!!

Schoolhouse Pond is so relaxing. The kids are busy filling buckets with fish, snails, crabs and anything else they can find. The adults can actually sit and chat. There are headcounts, as always, but the worry factor has gone way down.

Chica busily working the shovel....

Jack showing off his wounds from the pummeling on Nauset Beach....

Luke showing off his catch....

Ben, always happy to pose for me....

And here is one of the critters that I think Chris spotted and caught for the kids.
I guess I can see why this is called a Blue Crab...

And here are Jack and my godson, Tom. Most of us have to do a double-take with these two. With their similar builds and crew cuts you could easily mistake one for the other at a quick glance!

Here is a candid from a game of Marco Polo. (Hello, did anyone see that big crab??)

Chewie came along again this year. He enjoyed the Cape air and his friend, Ellie. And Ben was thrilled to have his pal with him.

And as usual we made our way down to see the Chatham A's play. We loaded up the wagon and walked on down to the center for some baseball!

A rare pic with my two youngest....

And here are the kids humoring me with a quick pic before we left.

We refer to this crew as "Team Dunkoni".

We had a great time! I tried fresh sea bass for the first time. And the one beautiful teenager in the group babysat for the crew so that the adults could go out together alone for dinner one night. Times they are a changin'.....

The only thing that might have been better is if Harry Connick Jr. invited us all to stay at his place overlooking Schoolhouse Pond.

Surely I jest. It doesn't matter where we are as long as we are with our friends!

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