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8.22.11

Weather.com said it was going to rain every day over the weekend in LBI. And, sorta last minute, Dave and I decided to chance it, thinking we could always come home early if the weather was awful. And it was beautiful! His mom and my mom were telling us how there were really bad thunderstorms at home, but we had clear skies and sun. Crazy! I'm glad we did actually go, and even happier that the weather was good!

On Friday afternoon, we went to the beach and just walked around. We then went back to the house and got ready to go out to dinner. We tried a place called Bistro 14, a restaurant and raw bar. I've actually never been to it, but have walked by it so many times. I have no idea why I hadn't tried it sooner - so good! We brought along a pinot grigio.




We got a table on the balcony, so it overlooked all of bay village, which was cool. I picked up the pottery that my mom and I had painted last week, and it's pretty neat as well. Hers is the cupcake, mine is the flower:



We then spent Friday night at the amusement park, and went on the big pirate ship and the scrambler. We also got ice cream and just walked around. Really nice night.

On Saturday morning, we got breakfast at the deli by my house and ate it out front. We then rented a kayak, and went kayaking in the bay. I had expected that the rental place would sort of drop us off in the bay, but it turns out they didn't have waterfront property, and basically just strapped a kayak to your roof and said "Have fun!" We ended up finding a street that had a little mini-bay beach to walk on (no pier) and we launched from there. It was a perfect spot. Once in the bay, we kayaked to an island in the middle of the bay, and landed there and then explored the island. There were wild hermit crabs, lots of fish, regular crabs, many different types of birds - it was really pretty.





After our kayak trip, we got lunch at the deli again, and then went to the beach. Gorgeous weather, gorgeous waves. We went swimming and napped on the sand.




On Saturday night, we went out to eat at a restaurant called Bisque. Bisque had been by my house, and then moved further down the island. This was the first time we went to their new location (we didn't go last year) and it was nice. While there, we ran into a woman that Dave works with, which was nice.

We ordered an amazing baked brie appetizer, and both of our dinners were really good as well. We drank cabernet savignon and had a really nice night talking and eating the good food!



After our dinner, I bought fudge at a place called "Oh Fudge!" (Dave likes Country Kettle Fudge better - Oh Fudge! is nearer to the exit of the island, so we sometimes stop there when driving home. Since we passed it coming back from Bisque, it was easy to just stop in and buy it then) Then, we went back to the beach at night (after I took a long walk with Turbo) and started watching the Exorcist. We then made a trip out to get ice cream, and then finished watching the movie.

Sunday, we woke up and basically lounged around, got breakfast, packed, and drove home. Nothing exciting. Once home, I found out that Dave's cousin Kristen and her two sons were going to come over swimming at our pool with Andrew and Alyson. I told Dave, and he said he was planning on coming over anyway to do something on the pool with my father and to swim. So, we had a little party!

Dave's cannonball:



Dave was teaching Jack how to jump in the pool and not do a bellyflop. It was really cute! Dave is a lifeguard and taught kid swim lessons, so it's good having him around with all the children, cause he gives them all little tips and helps them learn how to swim. Luke and Andrew are both a bit young, but it's still cute.

Jack on Dave's shoulders, me with Luke:


Me with Andrew. He loves the hose and likes spraying people with it and filling up the watering can. He wouldn't drop it!


Fun pool day!

I'm still working on the knit turtle, but progress is a bit slow. I didn't do any knitting while in LBI - I didn't have a lot of down time! Here he is so far - shell top, body, and one leg. I have since finished the bottom portion of the shell, and a second leg. (This picture was taken while in LBI. We also got new flooring in the living room since I was there last weekend - it was rug, and now it's a pergo.)



This picture is kind of odd, but shows off the new floor. We finished the kitchen last year, so it is now new Kraftmaid cabinets, green/blue granite countertops, mosaic backsplash and a tile floor. Now the living room is pergo instead of the carpet, so it looks cleaner and bigger.



We try to do some kind of update each year - we are also going to look into putting in a real heating system so we can go down during the winter because it is now currently baseboard heating only in the living room and kitchen, so it's not an all-seasons house. But, maybe it will be soon!

I'm back at work now, and last Friday was my last summer-Friday-off for the summer. So sad - I'm now back to working 5 days a week. Obviously, that's normal, but one or two more weeks of summer Fridays would have been really nice.

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agata
Aug. 23rd, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
Alex, you look so beautiful and happy on all the pictures & it sounds like you had tons of fun! So yay!! :)
starlit12
Aug. 23rd, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks! It was a nice 'end of summer' trip! So sad that school is starting up again soon!!
agata
Aug. 24th, 2011 12:10 am (UTC)
Oh, I know. At least here it totally feels like September weather in the evenings. :(
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