30 July 2010

Grandma's Birthday on the Vineyard

Sorry it's been almost two weeks since my last entry! We have been house-hunting like crazy (more on that later) and also had a very nice vacation!  On Tuesday night we got back from a great five day trip with my family to Martha's Vineyard for Grandma's big birthday bash.

Allison and Karen planned it all - from the food to the most meaningful gifts. Here is the birthday lady with the gift that brought her to tears - photos, letters, and notes from friends and family all put together in a book. What you don't see is a big box also full of cards and more photos that she received. Happy Birthday, Grandma!

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The next day, a few of her friends joined us in celebrating and we had a giant lobster bake. It was full of all sorts of delicious food other than lobster: corn, sausage, mussels, clams, onions, and potatoes.

It required lots of heat (propane flame) to cook and the outcome was delicious.


Karen and Allison also spent all day cooking delicious hors d'oeuvres and sides to go with the bake. It was a deliciously fun time for all.

While we were there, we went to the beach a couple of times. Dad, Jason, Al, Grandpa, and Grandma (with Sam but you can't really see him) enjoy the water.


Jakob's favorite thing to do was dig holes for himself and then try to get out of them without help.


There was a lot of digging by our group. We didn't leave the beach quite as flat as we found it. Here Karen and Abby dig a hole. Emma curled up in a towel and sat with Jason listening to the waves for a while.


Jason had fun building sand castles and digging holes in the water with Abby and Emma.


Abby sits in the sand digging and watching the waves. Sam didn't love the sand very much until Grandma held him here for a good 30 minutes. He got used to it and might actually like it now!


Beach Bells


Jason and Sammy, the blue-eyed boys!


Jammed into the car on the way off of the beach to get to the cars to take us home!


Al, Jason, Jake, and I went to the beach early one morning and had it all to ourselves.




We also did some sailing and sight-seeing of all of the sites we've seen many times before but still love. We watched a bird dry its wings off near the sailing dock. In Menemsha we walked along the dock to look at all of the fishing goods.


I spent a little time trying to get a good picture of this little guy off of the boat dock for my mother-in-law.


The Chappy ferry - the "On Time" ferry.


The water from Edgartown




On the plane home we got a great view of the island - you can see the actual shape of the island like you see on a map!


Big thanks to my parents for taking us with them up to the Vineyard and to my Grandparents for having us stay with them! We love you all!

1 comment:

  1. ah, i live kinda close to the vineyard and have never been! now i need to go even more.