Monday, June 29, 2009

Toes in the water....

you know the rest. It's my summertime theme song.

Another beach trip has come & gone. And all we have left are our memories. and pictures. and shells. and souvenirs. and sand, that we'll probably be finding for years to come.

For those of you that are new, my family has been renting a beach house on St. George Island, FL for the past 4 years. This year, I got wise & took a babysitter or rather entertainment for Sass. Not having to listen to her mouth (as much) was worth 10 babysitters! She was a big help with the other 2 too.

W & Baby Girl.
Her momma is a good friend, Bunko Babe & occasional blogger.

One of my favorite things about SGI, is all the cute & creative names for the beach houses. I just love to ride around the island & check out the houses & their catchy names.

Our house was on a canal with boat access to the bay, a dock & fish cleaning area. Needless to say, we have some fishermen in our family. And our house's "catch"y name was the Reel Deal. Get it?

Some of my other faves are 5 o'clock Somewhere, A Shore Thing, As Good As It Gets, Doctor's Orders, Time Out & Yes Dear. But I believe I would have to say Daddy's Money is the best name on the island.

The children had a blast at the beach, but the pool at the house was a definite lifesaver! Theirs not mine. If you ever rent a beach house, I strongly recommend one with a pool.

Guess who loved playing in the dirt sand. And with Thomas, imagine that. This boy loves some dirt.

The children, especially W & Sass, had a big time catching shrimp & crabs off the dock in the back yard. That would be a shrimp that she's holding up.

And this would be Bo's chosen attire for crabbing; his bug shirt, Thomas pj pants & Babsy's flip flops. He obviously did not get his sense of style from me.

How sad is it that this is the only picture I got with all three of my children. It stinks to always be the photographer. And yes, that is the same swimsuit as last year, but seriously- I have 3 suits. that I like. However, you may notice that it does fit a little better this year.

I was sleeping with these two. No wonder my back hurts. And yes, Baby Girl is wearing boy pull-ups. That's a whole other story. One word: men.

Baby Girl was having a meltdown or maybe just some drama, but she looked so cute that I had to take her picture.

Speaking of drama, if you work for OnStar & I let my redneck side out on you last Tuesday afternoon, I apologize. Not really. But I'm just saying.

Okay, here's the back story. Tuesday afternoon we had a pop-up thunderstorm & most of our stuff was down at the beach, including my mother's brand new tent. She was freaking out concerned about our belongings, so to shut her up my daddy & I decided to go to the beach & check on the stuff. We do this kind of thing from time to time.

As I was running down the boardwalk & onto the beach in a torrential downpour, that scene from Sweet Home Alabama flashed through my mind. The tent was toast, but we were able to retrieve some of the things.

We got back to the house & somehow Daddy we locked the keys in the Denali. Well there was no way in hell I was calling Retro, then my cousin reminded me about OnStar. So I called. She found my hubs' truck, my FIL's truck, but not my truck. She kept saying something about a pin number. I even went back outside, in the rain, to get the VIN. I explained that I was on vacation with 4 children, no husband, in another state. I asked her nicely to please just unlock the car. She refused, so I shared with her a few choice words & hung up. I called the dealership where they know me, small town remember & they fixed the problem. Apparently, there was some mix up with the vehicle transfer.

And after my Zanax kicked it, my cousin Lynn & I took the older children out to eat. I wised up this year & left the littles at the beach house with Babsy. Poppa had to go clean up the beach.

Semi-Slacker Mom, Lynn, Jake, W & Sass at Papa Joe's in Apalachicola.

I had some yummy bay scallops & crab claws. Steamed. I'm not a big fan of fried seafood.
And yes, Entertaining Mom, my chest is red, but it's not sunburned. It's the liquor. I promise.

The following day, while on a shopping trip to "town", the children & I almost died had a blast climbing the newly reconstructed St. George Island Lighthouse. All 20,000 92 steps. I seriously thought the guide had said 192 steps until I just now read the website. Still. And it was 98+ degrees. But it was cool. The residents of the island retrieved pieces of the lighthouse from the ocean after it was destroyed by time & weather.
That evening, Lynn & I decide to stop by one of the restaurants on the island, Harry A's, to get Jake some oysters. It was going to take 10 minutes & the bartender encouraged us to order a drink while we wait. Let me just tell you, I either really needed a drink or the St. George Smash is the best cocktail I have ever had. Unfortunately, we only had time to drink 3. each.

And guess who liked the oysters.
These were steamed, but I was about her age when my daddy got me started eating them raw.

Okay, I know this post is waaaay too long & I've been working on it all day, so I will wait & post the infamous "beach at dusk pictures" tomorrow. I may need a St. George Smash to even blog about that drama.


Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

That looks like a ton of fun! You look very...tan... in those last pics!
I think I'd have had a few choice words for the Onstar person as well!

Unknown said...

I was that age when I started eating raw oysters. Funny thing is that now I won't touch seafood.

Gracie Beth said...

All the kids looks so cute! My brother had an obsession with Thomas too! He had a Thomas bedroom and like every one of his birthday parties was Thomas themed and we still have the cake pan.

Tammy said...

Thomas is the MAN-well engine!
I want one of those drinks-now.
Im glad you had fun, minus the Onstar.

Sandra said...

Look how cute y'all are! You look great! And all so tan and smiling and cheery and glowing!! Love the beach and what it does for the soul ;-) Glad you are back safe and sound. xoxo

Unknown said...

HaHaHa!! Oh Goodness I randomly decided to read your blog because your background is fantastic, and I am so glad I did, The crossed out words made me laugh so hard I couldn't breathe.
Oh and the On-star people drive me crazy but thats a whole other story!!

Laura said...

I can tell you guys had a great time! I can see the "steam" from your camera lens. You guys didn't have to pick the hottest week of the summer (so far) to go on vacay!

Jessica Ryan said...

SS You have me ROLLING on the floor and HOWLING! Gosh... our humor and love of Xanax (is it Zanax??) and liquor is so very similar! You have many funny blog entries... but this is amongst your funniest!

Southern Living: Preppy Style said...

Oh, so much fun no matter what disasters. I LOVE St. George Island, I so hope my parents move there because I want to go all the time. Actually - to Apalachicola. Did you get to go to any of the shops in Apalachicola - Blue, Oystercatcher? They have some really fun, preppy shops!

Unknown said...

Sounds like quite the adventure. I'm sure you loved every minute

Unknown said...

Im so glad you were able to go on such a nice vacation. It looks like you had fun!

KK said...

Oh, what a wonderful trip! I miss FL so much--the beach here in CT can't hold a candle to it. And tell me how do I get some Xanax of my own?!

Sarah Wyland said...

Looks likes that was such a fun trip! There is nothing like a week at the beach!

Miss Janice said...

I'm a new follower and have enjoyed reading about your beach fun and looking at all the cute photos:)

Domestic Diva said...

I love your psots..I just adore the pictures and love reading about your family!!
Have a Fabulous Fourth of JUly!!!
xxxx me

Krissy Lynnae said...

Looks like fun time at the beach. My son is big into Thomas as well!

Ashlee said...

The onstar story is hilarious. Sounds like something I'd do!

Poolside with the Girls said...

Looks like a great trip! I love the photo of baby girl crying. Is that a bad thing? I would not be able to say no to that face.

Jake & Hope said...

Yeah, I used to suck down raw oysters as a two year old in Hilton Head, too. You think I touch them now? No way, they have to be steamed before they get near my mouth. Daddy is always trying to get me to eat raw oysters again. Who do you think gave them to me in the first place?

Jessica said...

i still won't eat oysters just because they look like i won't like them!! i eat like a 4 year old. well, maybe a 3 year old!

i LOVE the beach. used to live in florida but now i'm back in nyc and have to drive almost an hour away to sit in the hot sand and not really go in the water :(

looks like you guys had a great time!!

Paging Doctor Mommy said...

Oh man, looking at your pics makes me realize how much I miss the Southern Beaches and Summer Family Vacations. Looks like you guys had a great time! I think I need the recipe for that St. George Smash!

wife.mom.nurse said...

loved hearing about your adventures! (and there clearly were many :)

you look so pretty in the pictures.

Thanks for sharing!


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