Saturday, May 30, 2009


We spent a day in Provincetown because you can't go to Cape Cod without driving to "the end". We started with another bike ride around a state park and saw some wild turkey, which the kids were super excited about.

We finished the afternoon in town walking around and eating all sorts of treats. Ice cream, fish-n-chips....yummy.

I give Provincetown an A+ for quaintness for sure. Gorgeous!

Vacation tradition

Do you have vacation traditions? One of my favorites is being outside late at night after the kids go to bed and smoking a good cigar. It's only something I do once or twice a year (whenever we're lucky enough to go on vacation), so Mom, please don't think I've taken up smoking! :)


Do you have a phobia? For those of you who know me well, you know mine is water. Especially water that is not clear. If I'm in the water and I can't see what is below my feet, I FREAK out. I've gotten better over the years, but I am still prone to panic attacks.

As we speak, my parents and sister et al are headed to Lake of the Ozarks for a week of fun at Mom and Dad's condo. We usually water ski every year, and I enjoy it, but everytime I let go of that rope and start sinking into that lovely green lake water, I have to fight a panic attack. I've seen the size of the catfish that Wade has caught in that Lake, and honestly, I'd prefer not to see them face to face....or face to toes.

Another example? On our honeymoon, we are checking into the hotel in Monterey, CA, and the hotel attendant looks at Wade and says, "I see you booked the sea kayaking package." I look at Wade..."say what?" My other fear is kayaking, rolling over, and not being to do a wet exit since I'm strapped into the thing with one of those rubber skirts. Again, had to fight the panic attack as we were actually kayaking, not to mention I couldn't see what was underneath us.

So before we moved to New York, Wade bought an inflatable canoe that was on clearance. Great price, and great idea, but I would still have to talk myself down to get in it. Wade fortunately doesn't have that fear and I'm proud to say our kids haven't inherited my odd phobia. Since the rental house was right on the water, we brought the boat and Wade took the kids out for a little joy ride one at a time.

Why no pictures of me paddling around? I let my phobia get the better of me.

Plus it started to rain....lucky me. :)

More Cape Cod??? Shocker.

OK, are you Cape Cod'd out? I'm sorry if you may be thinking....enough Cape Cod already!!! If so, check back next week, because the kids and I are going to DC (Washington DC, that is) to join Wade for a few days while he's there on business. But for now, I have a couple (OK, a few) more posts of Cape pics. I can't help myself...the place is gorgeous!!!!

So this could be my all-time favorite picture from the week. Ava, my little treasure/seashell hunter. Can you believe that sky??!!!

And this one. A RARE family picture. Thank you to the stranger on the beach who also had a nice camera!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Coast Guard Beach

This day on the Cape was by far my favorite. You know when everything just comes together perfectly? Weather, snacks/food (espcially when you have little kids), everyone enjoying the activities? Well that was this day.

We started at a Visitor Center (no idea what it's called) and biked a few miles on amazing paved bike trails to Coast Guard Beach. This is a beach that I consider a true Cape Cod beach. Why, you ask? Gorgeous sand dunes, white sand, a lighthouse, grass growing on the beach, and the old crooked wooden picket fence. LOVED it. Plus we had the entire beach to ourselves!

The weather was perfect...too cold to go in the water...but that's how I like it.

You can see from the pictures why this was the perfect day. The kids were having a blast, the skies were Colorado blue, and we got to break out the bikes. Awesome.

Can I go back please?

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Wildlife Preserve

Today was one of those days that I wish I could erase from the record. It ended OK, but the beginning was something I want to forget. Too much yelling, crying, and all 'round insanity.

So by 9:30am I threw my hands in the air and we got away. It was raining outside, but I didn't care. Rain coats, boots, and umbrella. We went for a "hike" at the Rye Nature Preserve (different from the Rye Nature Center). The land is beautiful and the trails take you through woods, fields of grass, wetlands, and finally to the beach. At one point I was expecting Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett to cross our path. It was a big foggy, overcast skies and off and on rain.

We spotted a lot of wildlife, including a wild turkey and some deer.

Hopefully tomorrow will start better. Actually, ANYTHING would be better than today's start.


Views from the deck


The house had a perfect size wrap around deck, and with the fabulous weather (for the first few days), I took full advantage one afternoon while Tyson was taking a nap. I was laying on a towel with my camera next to me and didn't move at all to take these shots. All the "action" came to me. Love that!

I wasn't the only one taking advantage of the afternoon sun.

Erin brought me a copy of Eat, Pray, Love when she and Janna came to visit in March. I finished it in a few days and it's a very entertaining read. Although I don't agree with all of her philosophies, I definitely enjoyed how she told her travelling stories and was caught laughing out loud more than once.

Lucky for us, the house came with a storage bench full of toys! Ava latched on to a child's iPod that played princess music. I'm pretty sure she almost cried when we had to leave it there at the end of the week.

And this was my snack while laying outside. Pita chips with a yummy tomato chutney, and a lemonade icee (made by Wade).

By the way, if you don't have a Magic Bullet blender (if you watch ANY television on Saturday morning when infomercials are playing, you'll know what I'm talking about), you need to get one. It's great for baby food, guacamole, eggs, ice cream shakes, breakfast smoothies, and lemonade icees (and much more). You can get them now at Target and Costco. Go get one!

Presta on Vacation

Need I say more?!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Big breakfasts

...make me happy.

There is no better way to start my day than going out for a big cooked breakfast. We found Sandi's Diner on main street in Chatham and had to try it, especially given the sign out front. It reminds me of the great breakfast deals Dad and I would get at Gunther Toody's when we'd go out to breakfast (although they were $1.99, not $4.00).

After rolling out of Sandi's Diner, we headed down the street and spent some quality time in the Ben Franklin general store. We wandered up and down all the aisles and found some bubbles and other goodies for the kids to have as special toys for our vaction. I love stores like this.

How could we say no to this face? Actually we did the first time because it was nothing but whining, but then attitudes changed and the magic word was finally used.