Monday, July 26, 2010

Summer Memories Part II.

Part two of my family trip was part trip down memory lane, and part completely new experience, thanks to the addition of J to our family trip. The four days that we spent in Wildwood Crest were filled with a ton of activities, so much so that I spent absolutely no time at all on the computer, even though it rained and poured for an entire day.

Our BlackBerrys were left on the counter in the kitchen while we hit the beach, and for a little while, all that really existed was each other in our little home where due to lack of space, we were forced to spend time together - especially on that day when it absolutely poured for an entire day.

There were a lot of games played (like Family Feud, which is always fun), and after that got boring, my uncle taught us how to play Spades, which was a big hit - especially with my Poppy, who was unbelievably quick at catching on, and was very sneaky for an 87-year-old man! He hustled J and I big time as we played for a penny a point after he kept losing. Many bottles of wine were emptied, the blender got a serious workout, and by the end of the night we were all more than ready to turn in. The daily routine was BPF - beach, pool, food, which was the perfect way to spend a relaxing and leisurely time with each other.

Our little home sweet home.

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One of the best parts about going to my family's condo in Wildwood is visiting all our favorite restaurants. In my last post I wrote about Menz Restaurant - my all-time favorite, but there are so many restaurants that we've frequented over the years for the delicious seafood and entrees, yummy cocktails, and the memories that we've had over the years.

We headed to one of my dad's favorite restaurants down the shore on my parents last night at the house - they had to head back early for work on Monday, so they didn't get to stay the extra day. We rushed back from the beach, quickly showered and got dressed, starving and super excited for a delicious dinner at Duffy's on the Lake.

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(Top, Aqua. Jeans, Seven for All Mankind. Jewelry, Tiffany & Co. Shoes, Marc by Marc Jacobs).

A lot of the restaurants down in Wildwood don't seem like much from the outside - or sometimes even at the inside. I know J looked at the menu at Duffy's, and turned to me and said, "Why do they have such expensive entrees at a place like this?" I told him, "Just wait until the food comes out - you'll see why." The places aren't much to look at, but the food more than makes up for the simple decor.

My delicious crabcake, green beans, and twice baked potato.

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Dad's scallops. Yummo!

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Poppy ordered roasted pork - and put enough butter on his baked potato for everyone at the table. He's 87 though, so really, why should I make him calorie count ;)

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After a delicious dinner at Duffy's that night, J and I decided to escape the drunken escapades at the condo, and go for a nighttime walk around the complex and beach. It was really nice to spend some much needed alone time together.

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Since it's a private complex, there is a private beach for people staying at Seapointe. When you buy/rent a house there they supply 8 beach tags for you and your family. There is this security guard who is probably 80 years old that my family dubbed "Elvis" because he has white, Elvis looking hair, and more than once he has made us go back to the house and retrieve forgotten beach tags. They do not play around there - we've watched him escort many people off the beach!

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I was happy to show off some of my gymnastic skills, which are clearly on Olympic level.

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One of the pools and jacuzzis in the complex. During the day, the smaller pool in the back of the picture has this huge waterfall that comes crashing down. I loved it when I was a kid, but now it gives me a headache just thinking about swimming under the ridiculously heavy crashing waterfall.
It was really nice walking there at night, because there were different colored lights were flashing in the lights in the pool. It was super pretty.

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By the way, if you freeze a mudslide for over a day, it turns into a wonderful type of Kahlua, vodka, and Bailey's ice cream. Only problem would be mistaking the fact that because of the ice cream consistency, you won't get buzzed off it. Made for an interesting last night.

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As we repacked the car for the long drive back up north, I couldn't help but be thankful for the opportunity to give J a first hand look into a piece of my life that he had only seen from the surface. Seeing the way that he fit in so well with my family made me push aside the problems that we've had in the past, and simply accept him for who he is, and for our differences. Throwing him into my crazy family and dragging him along into our traditions was really important to me - and the kid did a great job!

P.S. I totally forgot to thank the amazing Gracey over at Breakfast at Gracey's - she gave the recommendation for China Glaze nail polish in "For Audrey" - it has proven to be the perfect, Tiffany blue shade for summer AND it's only $6!

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Does your family go anywhere together or have any fun summer traditions?

Currently listening to: Bell X1 - West of Her Spine

13 comments:

Kinsey Michaels said...

I'm glad you had such a fun trip. I can see why a lot of memories could be created there, it looks like a special place.

Croatian_Latina said...

What a fun time you had with family. I loved all your photos and the food. I remembered that as a kid our family tradition was visiting my grandparents farm. we Lived in the city so it was a special treat for us to be in the countryside. I guess that's why I love going to visit hubby's grandparents farm, brings back childhood memories.


P.s LOVe the red shoes!

Couture Carrie said...

Another fabulous post, darling!
Thanks for sharing all these fun pics!

xoxox,
CC

Kristin said...

We tend to spend a lot of time on St. Pete beach as a fam...and I'm in love with your pink pumps lady!

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Keith said...

It looks like you had a such a fun trip. I'm glad for you. Great photos. That food looks so delicious. I'm so hungry now.

Jocelyn said...

ah such a cute post! I am so jealous of your marc shoes, they are adorable. You and J are so perfect for each other. I hope things are going well with you two! Hope you are enjoying your summer :) I love your posts so much!

-joce

fhen said...

these photos show how fun your summer is!
very happy to see that you enjoy it together with j and your family :D

i went back to home country this summer and the family had some fun too


xoxo

Gracey said...

That sounds like so much fun! That food looks delicious, and the pool is pretty too!
Thanks so much for the shout out girl :) Glad you liked the color!

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Kristen said...

The pictures of the food just look sooo tasty! And your crabcakes below, look so scrumpious!

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

You look too cute - as always! And that crabcake just looks too amazing! You do a really good job of taking food pictures.