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was fabulous.

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Some highlights from the week:

the girls’ date to Fractured Prune, for 3 reasons:
1) we did not tell the boys we were going
2) they gave us an extra donut
3) we ate our donuts on one of Giant’s patio displays 🙂

– Julia learning to climb stairs for real

Julia learning to fall down stairs.  For real.

– lots (and I mean lots) of Pringles

– my own personal date night with Meg.  It felt like college days again.

– Matt learning what “that’s what she said” means.

– Matt adding “that’s what she said” to the end of everyone’s sentences,
whether it was applicable or not.

– lots of rest and relaxation for me and my love

– spending Friday afternoon on the beach with Heidi, and zero babies.

– Gray’s 10 diaper explosions throughout the week
(much to Heidi’s chagrin and our amusement)

– fantastic, and I mean fantastic, weather. 
Every day was a good beach day.

– eating Cheez-Itz.

– Grocery shopping on the first day and dividing it into 5 different transactions.
We felt like we were on Extreme Couponing.
Only we didn’t save as much money as they do.

– Matt-a-ritas.

– A great week with great friends.
So thankful to God for providing this vacation for us.
It was a blessing in every way.

Each couple gets a night out while the other two babysit.
Last night was our date and we went into Rehoboth for dinner at
Henlopen City Oyster House.
so.  good.
We highly recommend it.
Tonight is Joe and Heidi’s date (and 4th anniversary.)
They are going jet skiing and then out for an all-you-can-eat crab dinner!

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Mike got the Clam Chowder

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I got the Baked Brie Salad.  Yum!

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Mike’s dinner was out of this world.
Blacked Salmon and Sea Scallops over Andouille and Crawfish Grits.
Need I say more?

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I got the Fish and Chips.
The “chips” were crab fries.

Afterwards we walked around the boardwalk for a bit, and we stopped at
The Ice Cream Store.
We were so full we didn’t get anything, but I did taste the Booger ice cream,
and I am making Mike take me back later this week :)  It was delicious.
That means I have to go back twice, because I also need to get some
Annie’s Bananies while I’m here.
Maybe Meg and I will go tonight and make the boys watch the kids 🙂

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Chloe: I’m trying to play here, do you mind?
Jules: are there any more Pringles?

 

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Girls.  Am I right?

 

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Julia stole my pacifier.  She doesn’t even LIKE pacifiers.  This is no vacation.

 

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Are you sure you are qualified to be my mother? 
Because I just ate a bunch of sand, and you didn’t seem to care. 
At all.

 

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First name: Sandy
Last name: Butt

 

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Julia: What do you think they’d do if we ate it?
Chloe: probably take pictures and blog about it.
Julia: let’s do it.

There are not too many exciting things to report.
Mostly this is because our regular lives are so busy and exciting, we’re quite content to relax and do NOTHING on our vacation 🙂
Yesterday we went to the beach, got sent home by the rain around 1:30, then headed to Rehoboth for dinner later that evening.  We always hit up Nicola’s when we’re here.  My parents spent their summers in Rehoboth growing up (Mom waitressed there, Dad lifeguarded and often ate there), and it’s become a family favorite.  If you go, you simply must get a Nicaboli.  You must.  It is non-negotiable.

Today, it rained all day.  Which means we went shopping at the outlets :) 
And now Mike is reading Alice in Wonderland to me while Juju sleeps. 
Later on, we will watch Psych.  Everyone is very excited about this.
And tomorrow morning, we are trying to convince Dad to take us all out to breakfast. 

Here is little miss Julia getting some tummy-time.  As you can see, she thinks it’s a very grand activity. 😉
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Grandpa and Julia get along very well.  He babysat while we went to the outlets today.
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Uncle Andrew and Julia-Bear.  He really is so great with her…ladies 😉 (yes, that last part was a Demitri Martin joke.)  But no, in all seriousness, Julia couldn’t ask for a better uncle!
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Family picture on the boardwalk.  Where we got Kohr Bros. custard.  I’d only been craving this stuff since back in DECEMBER when I was newly pregnant…it took me 8 months to finally get some!  We also stopped by Annie’s Bananies – a cute little shop where their specialty is pureed frozen bananas, and i’m not even kidding, it tastes just like ice cream.  And it’s just frozen bananas!  That’s it.  You can add toppings of all kinds (healthy or unhealthy), and it’s simply delicious.DSC06533

Here is our little Pea in the Pod – all snuggled up in my Petunia sling that Meg got me.  We had forgotten the stroller, and this worked perfectly for our slumbering darling.
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Tomorrow: more beach.  And more relaxing and doing NOTHING!  It truly is a fabulous vacation.

Just in time for vacation, little girl has decided she likes to sleep all night.  We’re at 5 nights and counting!  11-7 has been the norm!  And, naps are going much better, with little to no crying.  She’s getting the hang of this schedule, and she’s much more content (as are we!) :)  God has been sooooo kind.

In addition to sleeping at night, Mike and I have actually been able to spend our days at the beach thanks to the tent the Healeys lent us.  Let me just tell you, we will be buying one of these ASAP.  Baby girl naps so well in it, and between the umbrella and the cool ocean breeze, we all are quite happy.  And I have a tan to prove it! 🙂

We’ve had a great time just relaxing and unwinding.  Lots of laughs, lots of memories, lots of fun. 

We call this pose “The Jooj.”  (Sorry, Meagan, I know that’s your nickname for her.)  It’s one of her trademarks.  Hands in fists, one held out like a power ranger, the other bent at a right angle behind her head.  (Though this is not the best example of it.)  My goal by the end of the week is to get several people lined up with Julia and take an aerial shot of everyone doing The Jooj.
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And then there was the beach.  It was the perfect beach day. 
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And this is where I should probably warn you that there are many more pictures of Julia than anyone else.  I only semi-apologize for this.

Also, a disclaimer for all you people out there who will inevitably point out that sun and babies don’t mix – Julia was out from under her tent and umbrella for literally two minutes.  Simply for holding privileges and photo-shoot purposes.  So have no fear – this child was well shaded from the sun 😉

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Time with Grandpa.  So sweet.

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I can’t get enough of this girl 🙂

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And when she was out of her tent, she was covered in hat and blankets…this is for you, Ba! 😉

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This boy could use a haircut, no?
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And, last but not least, today was Mom’s birthday!  Dad made a great breakfast this morning, and for dinner he and Mike cooked homemade crab cakes, green beans, sweet potatoes, and bread.  It was fantastic!!
This here was Mike’s gift to her: a Fractured Prune Donut.  She was very excited about it.

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Not to be outdone, Dad insisted we take a picture with the actual CAKE that we got her, because he didn’t want the pictures to suggest he was cheap.  

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We told favorite stories about Mom and our old house, and by far my favorite is still the story that ended with Dad demanding that Mom get a cell phone.  She and Rosie went to the mall and were supposed to be home by 6.  By 9 o’clock, when Andrew and I got home from work, Mom was not home and we found Dad sitting in the living room staring out the window, clearly distraught.  There was a bad storm going on outside, Mom was 3 hours late, and he had no way to call her because she (at the time) resisted joining the 21st century and getting a cell phone.  So, Dad did what only Dad would do.  He called the cops.  He called all the hospitals in the area.  He called Mark Prater and several other friends.  And we just sat there, not really sure what to say or do.  Then, about 9:30pm, Mom’s van drove up the driveway.  Dad ran to the garage to meet her, and she came waltzing in laden down with shopping bags, cheery as could be.  Meanwhile Dad’s crying and hugging her, all the while she’s standing there with all her bags, quite bewildered.  She had lost track of time.  Shopping.  And to this day, she maintains that she was not at fault, and that Dad was simply being dramatic.  He, of course, still disagrees. 
Needless to say, after that, Mom got a cell phone.

So happy to be here on vacation, relaxing, sharing old memories, and making new ones.  Looking forward to the rest of the week!

Vacation has begun.
                                         
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                                                      Reunited at last.

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                                                          The Indian River Inlet.

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                                                                   Bliss.
                            

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                                                      Just the two of us.
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                 Bridge Project Take 2 = millions of dollars = (more) DE taxpayers’ $$

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                                               The marina outside our window
 
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                                                               Red, White & Blue

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                                                               Sisters

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                                             Me and (Balding) Grumpy Face

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                                                      Conch-ed out like a shell

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                                                 I’m too tall for this chair…
                                                         
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                                                           i Read

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                                                           Shade, anyone?

It’s only our first full day here, and it’s already been glorious.

Collective Reminiscings

The Smittys

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