August 23, 2011

Quiz Time

1. Pretend you are 10-year-old child. Your mom told you she would drop off a sack lunch for you because you forgot your lunch at home. What would you do when lunch time came?

a. Go check the lunch bin where all the other lunches live
b. Go ask your teacher if a lunch was delivered for you
c. Go ask the office if a lunch was delivered for you
d. Do nothing, say nothing, and eat nothing.

2. If you were the parent of a 10 year old that selected choice (d) from the list above, who would you choose to unleash your fury upon after school got out?

a. The office lady who wrote your child's name on the brown bag with a fat sharpie and hand delivered the lunch to the teacher
b. The teacher who placed the lunch in the lunch bin where all the other lunches live
c. The lunch manager who offered your child a lunch when she saw they had nothing to eat, but was turned down
d. The child who did nothing, said nothing, and therefore ate nothing

If you believe in yell first, ask questions later, then I guess (a) is a logical choice, but I hope you are more sensible/sympathetic/grown-up than some people...

August 16, 2011

NC Beach Trip 2011

We just got back from a great trip to Emerald Isle, NC with the Howe family. This was our fourth trip to this amazing beach since we've been married. Last year we weren't able to get a trip together and went camping at Turner Falls instead. That was fun, but this was so much better!

We all stayed in a house right on the beach and spent our time enjoying the water, playing in the sand, reading on the deck, playing games, eating food, staying up late, and getting up early (thanks to the cutest alarm clock ever).

At one point we had 21 people in the house for dinner - 18 adults, 2 kids, and one baby. I was a little relieved that our dinner night was over, and I wasn't responsible for feeding that many people! It's always amazing how fast a week can go by when you're having fun.

Below are some highlights of our trip.

Successfully flying a kite - it was a windy day and it only landed on the roof of the house once</>

Normally the water at our beach is pretty calm, but thanks to the residual effects of Hurricane Emily, we had some decent sized waves at the beginning of the trip!

No hands!

Skip disc ultimate:  what you get when you play frisbee in the water with a disc that skips along the surface. You wouldn't believe what good exercise running in the water is - I was always exhausted by the end.

Racing cousin Shane for the skip disc. Watch out - Dave is a beast in the water!

Enjoying a sunset and a great trip!


August 14, 2011

Carolina Critters

Besides having beautiful beaches, North Carolina also has a lot of wildlife. All along the shore are sand pipers hunting for sand fleas. Sand fleas are not really "fleas", but actually little crab-type animals that bury themselves where the waves wash up on shore. Dave loved to hunt for these when he used to come here as a little boy, still does as a big boy.

Here is Dave showing Jack one of the smallest sand fleas ever (it's in the orange circle). This guy was the size of a tiny shell shard and I have no idea how Dave even found him

At night there are bigger crabs to hunt. These guys bury themselves in the sand during the day, and then emerge from their holes when it gets dark and make a break for the ocean. Armed with buckets, bowls, sand toys, hot pads, tongs, spatulas, and flashlights, we try to intercept them on this nightly journey. My weapon of choice this year was part of a salad spinner and it was very effective! Not to brag, but I am a top-notch catcher and managed to nab a lot of crabs this year.

Once a crab is spotted it gets crazy. A shout goes out, everyone comes running, and then we try to keep a light on the crab as we chase it around the beach in the dark. These little guys are super quick and can change direction so fast. There is normally a lot of shouting as we try to keep up, and occasionally some shrieking when it heads for some body's feet :)

This is one of my favorite parts of our trips to North Carolina.  I just love the thrill of the hunt!!

Part of our catch - once we're done for the night, we turn the pot on it's side and watch the crabs scurry back to the ocean

Also making a journey to the ocean this year were some baby sea turtles. There was a nest of eggs about a 1/2 mile from our place and we made it there just in time to see two little guys enter the water. The turtle patrol, who were there to help control the crowd and make sure the babies got to the water safely, told us there were 125 eggs and only 17 didn't hatch.

Go for it little guy and good luck!

This turtle had a bad flipper and will be taken back to the aquarium for rehab. I can't believe how small they are!

August 13, 2011

August 10, 2011

Fishing Trip

We've been in North Carolina for the past few days with the Howe family - our third vacation this month. It probably would have been smarter to spread them out a bit, but it's made for fun times!

Deep sea fishing was our first adventure on this trip. Nine of us went out - six fisher people and 3 watchers. It was great to have the watchers there to cheer us on and take pictures. I never even got my camera out because my hands were so gross from baiting the lines, so these photos are all from Aunt Dee.

The group before heading out

After a bumpy hour and half ride out into the ocean, we arrived at our first fishing location. One of the crew members came around and slopped a pile of guts by each of our poles to use as bait. I made Dave bait my first hook, and then quickly realized that I just had to go for it and get my hands dirty. After just a minute, you'd either have a fish, or have your bait stolen. It was a lot of fun!

Dave and I both caught our first fish at exactly the same time - these were tiny guys that we threw back in

I think we all had dreams of catching something huge (I thought I'd catch something as big as myself), but our fish were just over a foot long. Most of the excitement came from those in our group that couldn't tolerate to the motion of the ocean. They were troopers though, and alternated between fishing, chumming the waters, and then back to fishing. Luckily Dave and I were in the strong stomach camp.

Passed out on the way back after a long, hot day


We don't have any pictures of us with our catch at the end of the day because we didn't wait around for them to get our fish out of the cooler (you see there was a snow cone truck just across the street from our boat that was way more enticing than dead fish), but the final count was Mel: 3 keepers; Dave: 1.