Jul 28, 2011
4 days with the family!
I have a lull while the harvest is cooking up in the kitchen, so here's the past few days' worth of photos, there's a lot! Hubby's younger sister "L" and brother in law "M" arrived Saturday evening and stayed until last night, and it was so nice spending time with them, we don't get to see each other often enough with all parties having loaded work schedules and each of us living on opposite coasts. They are expecting their first child in a few months, so it was really nice to see L pregnant and doing so well with it, she really looks great and appears that pregnancy really agrees with her! We were hoping to be able to do a little canoeing or more beach visits, but with the daily temps in the 100's and humidity holding steady at 83%, the weather was not kind to us, so we were left with a lot of "what should we do"? questions that usually resulted in food, drink, or games!
Mama Pea wanted to see photos of food & drink, so here are a few of the dishes served up -
Pasta Salad with fresh tomatoes & feta
Turkey burgers topped with yet more tomatoes
Lots of brews were sampled!
Hubby grilling one night, temp was 99 at 7 pm still!
Potato Salad with bleu cheese, onions & bacon with balsamic dressing
One of the kids took this one...
Nightly thunderstorms and heat meant for a lot of "hanging out" time. There's actually a lot going on in the below photo: Hubby & M are playing dice, I'm knitting and drinking beer LOL, and L and Finn are in the background playing a game of Battleship.
L (or "Tia" as the kids call her) and hubby are making date shakes with some of the fresh dates she brought with her from their home in the desert southwest.
It would appear that all we did was eat LOL, but we managed to get out at least once a day somewhere in the heat. It usually involved water of course. We did an afternoon at the pool and one at the beach, even though the water was pretty warm, it was still refreshing compared to the air temps. We also went down to the Oceanfront tourist area to just hang out and window shop - and eat ice cream of course!
Hubby's Wish Board - as in "wish I could afford this new board"...
I promised some photos of our actual "Strip" at the Oceanfront, since I always post the quiet places here, but I'm lazy so I did a video of it:
Gotta love the junk shops at the beach... for those Hookah pipe and pocket knife emergencies!
M giving his best "when in Rome" effort with redneck hat with pretend chew stuffed in the mouth :)
Minivan? Who needs a minivan?! If you come visit us we'll stuff you in the way back, too!
More food! L's birthday dinner was awesome, who doesn't love Teppanyaki? We had a blast there, and the kids will usually eat a few veggies when served up with such drama!
The onion volcano
Poor L, having to dine with a blogger... here's a video of her getting "gonged in" to her next year, Happy Birthday!
More food, LOL...
yummy NC pulled pork sandwiches & $1.99 tall cans of PBR at 11:30 am... it's 5:00 somewhere, right?
and Mama got a new pair of flip flops at the beach! You should see the old ones, there's holes in the soles and you can just about see the pavement through them but I still can't bear to pitch them.
Now I have to work on fixing the old flip flop tan lines!
Brother & Sis in Law are headed off to his family in IL for the next few days, I sure hope the weather is a little better for them there, but they have some fun things planned and they are pretty good at taking the heat where they are from. Sure was nice to see them, the kids were pretty upset to see them go so I guess it shows what a special aunt & uncle they have, of course all of them are pretty special :) Know what I'm excited about? Now I get to plan a baby quilt to make this fall! I'm glad I have a few months, since I really enjoy the planning phase of quilting, probably more than the actual quiltmaking!
Back to the kitchen I go...