Friday, July 24, 2009

Summer Fun Item #16 - Go to a Wedding

The family wedding has come and gone. Amazingly the weather cleared and the sun made a rare appearance in honor of the special occasion. The umbrellas gathered with all good intentions to shield us from rain were instead employed as parasols as we made our way over the sandy dune.

Greeting us on the other side was a lovely musical duet.

A sweet conclusion to the ceremony itself involved the presentation of a flower to each guest. . . .
. . . . .which were then tossed all at once into the ocean.

It was so lovely to be outside on the beach. . . . especially after an eight hour car ride the day before! Forty-five minutes into it my youngest, Jackson, began the proverbial "Are we there yet?" I hate to admit it but we actually stopped more than once to buy snack foods in order to keep his mouth busy, for he didn't seem to be able to chew and whine at the same time! Construction work, wrong exits, and endless traffic jams added to the tension but all was forgotten while looking for sea shells in the sand.

Being the very last of the wedding party lingering on the beach we had to hustle to catch up with everyone else. Even so I couldn't help a quick peak at these. . . .what I assumed to be beach plums. I love beach plum jelly! Someday I want to attempt to make my own but first I imagine I should learn to identify the fruit for sure.

Finally we arrived at the restaurant for the reception. The tables were beautiful and the food amazing. . . .shrimp cocktail, clam chowder, lobster tails, prime rib, and. . . . .

. . . . .chicken nuggets? Yes, somehow our little shiny eyed Jackson had charmed his way into the good graces of the wait staff and managed to get a platter full of nuggets and french fries delivered to his seat. The ketchup was not far behind as his consumption of the sauce is pretty much an ounce for ounce equivalent of whatever he dips into it! Too bad we couldn't have saved his meal in a doggie bag for the ride home. . . . busy hands + busy mouth = quiet car ride!

But to home we did return. . . . .tired, cranky and with oodles of laundry in tow. In addition, our dear little Stormy returned to us from the vet, where he boarded in our absence, with a case of stress induced colitis! I'll spare you the details! On the lighter side, however, our awaiting mail pile had a couple exciting tidbits buried deep within. It seems Gail Wilson will be having a booth at the Sunapee Fair this August where she will be displaying one of her dollhouses, lots of wee collectibles and of course her very own Hitty! And following on the heels of this event will be a tea party for which I was lucky enough to receive an invitation along with the likes of Lucy and Miss Prim Rose! So while summer fun item #16 has been crossed off the list, a fair, a tea party, and a promise to finish my Gail Wilson basic doll kit (thus giving me the clear conscience to buy something at her booth) has been added!


  1. I'm planning to see Gail Wilson at Sunapee, too! I am so, so excited!!!

  2. Your post really made me smile. How well I remember "are we there yet?" It must be one of the most well worn questions in the English language. It put me in mind of a description I read in one of Bill Bryson's books. When on a long family car trip his dad would always say to the kid's in the back seat..."if we lived here we'd be home by now" it! Enjoy your summer fun with the family Natalie Jo.

  3. Natalie! Gasp, You have made my day! I did not know that your name on my blog was YOU!!! I am beyond excited that you will make a block for me. I am such an admirer of your work and will be so honored to have you as a part of my banner. Yippie, Skippy! Things will be slower on my end, but gosh am I going to have fun! Elizabeth

    PS Lovely blog. I will be visiting again soon!

  4. Looks like it was such a beautiful wedding! Boy do I know about the "are we there yet?" blues. I had always sworn that we wouldn't have a dvd player in the car, but last year I caved. I only allow it on extended road trips, but I still feel like they are missing out on seeing things. It does help with the bickering and "are we there yet?" question.

    This was a great post!~Bekah

  5. What a lovely day at the beach! Ocean, flowers, sun and sea, and even little beach plums. I have never seen them nor heard of the jam they make. You must investigate this!
    Being a Lake Erie girl, I know not of plums that grow at the beach. You need to explain it all!
    I trust your family wedding was just beautiful and one to remember despite the things that make us crabby!