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Independence Weekend

First off, it feels good to be home.  We were off in NJ from Friday morning until last night and while everything was great, the feeling I got walking through my door was relief.  I missed my fishies and my couch and my own bed.  It was just good.  Then I realized that while Wayne had intended to take out the trash on Friday morning, in the rush to leave he forgot and the kitchen was kind of stinky.  My fishies were alive and that was really all that mattered to me. 

On to the recap...

On Friday, my mom and sister went to the wholesale crab place and spent $200 on 10 pounds of snow crab and a half a bushed of blue crabs.  It was insane the amount of crab we had.  We spent the afternoon grilling and swimming in the pool.  My little Andypants LOVES the water.  We put the swimmies on his arm and that was all he needed.  He spent the entire day in the pool, even when it was drizzling.  He was so comfortable and so excited kicking his little feet and paddling around.  I was so proud.   Joey, on the other hand had to sit in the little (pink) boat toy or be held.  He's just not a pool kid yet. 

We had pretty crappy weather, but having my whole family together (minus my dad, who is still in Spain) was awesome. 

In the evening, we watched some stuff explode in the parking lot to the VFW behind my cousin's house after my boys were in bed.  They were a little too crazy with the stuff, IMHO, so Wayne and I didn't stay long.

Saturday we had planned to go to the beach at Sandy Hook but we had lousy weather.  Early in the day, we watched The Spiderwick Chronicles, which was very cute.  Later, when it cleared for a little while, we were in the backyard and pool again.  Andy was happy with that.

Sunday we packed up all our stuff and took the kids to the boardwalk in Seaside Heights.  For me, I have to go at least once per summer.  I park in the same lot, eat at the same stands, do the same things.  It's ritual.  Steak sandwiches from midway.  Saltwater taffy from Berkeley Sweet Shoppes.  Kohr's frozen custard. Zeppoles.  It was heaven.  Andy didn't want to ride any rides, just go through this one funhouse type thing and come down the big slide at the end.  So that's what he did.  Over and over.  Joey went on every kiddie ride there.  It was great to see them laughing and having a good time.  I hope that I'm building good memories for them. 

We dropped them off at Steve's on the way home and hung out there for a little while.  Both boys were dirty and played out from the day.  It was awesome. 

Had to stop off at a couple of places on the way home and finally arrived at home around 10. 

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sweetjezebel
Jul. 8th, 2008 05:36 am (UTC)
First off, I gotta say I love your new avatar! Looks just like you! I'm sure you made it yourself right? How? I want!!! :)

Ooh crab! Want me some of that too! Sounds SO freaking good right now. Brent is a huge crab fan & I think he'd totally spend $200 a month on it if he knew of a good seafood market (yeah, surprisingly for being on the coast we don't know of any reputable/clean ones ATM!)

You describing Seaside Heights and the things you do TOTALLY took me back to a post like probably over 5 years ago! I think it might have even been on WC... lots of pictures included and it looked like so much fun! You have posted about it before yes?
purplejuli
Jul. 8th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
The avatar is from a website that I somehow got connected to through MSN messenger (didn't you used to use messenger?) it's Weeme.com. I liked it because there was a breast size option and a rounder belly option. And I could wear my crocs. I should really take a picture of me in the same outfit and pose as my little avatar. She's so cute.

The crab was awesome. Apparently there's this wholesale crab/seafood supplier in Newark that's also open to the public. My mom said they were packed on the 4th. You just tell them what you want and they ask "live or steamed?" So she had everything cooked too. It was so fresh and delicious. There were not a lot of leftovers.

I did make another Seaside post here...
http://purplejuli.livejournal.com/16965.html

but I know the post you're talking about. I think it must have been in my old LJ that has vanished. Do you remember the website your friend gave you for printing your LJ like a book? I think I want to do that for the past years so I can keep it.



It's also where MTV had their beach house several years ago.
sweetjezebel
Jul. 8th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
How on earth do you find old posts so easily? I just went looking for the one in which my friend rec'd that site for your LJ and it took me FOREVER to find it! I guess I need to tag things better.

Anyway, here's the site :) http://www.ljbook.com
purplejuli
Jul. 10th, 2008 12:19 pm (UTC)
I went to my archive and looked in the months I thought it would be possible that I went and looked at the subjects. I found it pretty easy. I've also limited myself to like 15 tags that all of my posts fit into so if I was looking for something about the kids, I'd look at my "momminess" tag, a post about my goofy adventured would be in "citygirllost." It makes things easier to manage.
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