Sunday, August 02, 2009

Beach Bums

Having MiddleBro, my SIL, my twin nieces, my nephew, and BabyBro on the Island is such a treat. It is so rare for us to all be in one place together. These family gatherings are always so very special to me.

Gadget Girl and I took Kenny for the afternoon. Where did we go? Seriously, people. Need you ask?!?! We went to The Chocolate Works, of course!!! Being Kenny's Auntie C means it is in my job description to be "the spoiler"! I gave Kenny a basket and told him to pick chocolate for himself, Lola, Grampy, Uncle BabyBro, his Mommy and his Daddy. He had sooooooo much fun! $30 later and a basket full of chocolate, Kenny was a very happy two year old.

The only bad part about spending so much time with my adorable little nephew is that I know I'm going to miss having him around every day. That makes me really sad.
In the evening, Kenny saw "the big boat" (aka: The MS Chi-Cheemaun/the Big Canoe). The entire family (Lola, Grampy, all the babies, my brothers and I) went to Island Fish and Chips in South Baymouth for...Fish and chips, of course! They have the best fish and chips around!

I'm not a big fan of fish (unless it's baked salmon or tuna in a sandwich), but the fish and chips at Island Fish and Chips are really good. Of course, everything is deep fried...which is why we only go there when we have guests from out of town. It's not something you'd want to eat every day, but it's sooooo good! The batter is perfectly done. I think what most people notice is that the fish and chips are served in newspaper (lined with a layer of another kind of paper so that you don't get the ink from the newspaper on your food).

Here's BabyBro with his two goddaughters, Little One and Olala.
The cutest two year old in the world!!! Yes, I'm biased! I love this kid!!!

The boys were curious about the deep fried Mars Bar on the menu. They were daring and tried it. Mom said it looked like a Mars "Pogo" (a corn dog for my American friends). It was basically a Mars Bar dipped in batter and deep fried. I wasn't daring enough to try. I thought I'd give my arteries a break since we already had fish and chips!
We needed a little walk after our meal. Poor Kenny stopped dead in his tracks when he came face to face with this hideous looking guy driving the fish and chip van! It was actually funny to see the expression on his face. When he realized it wasn't real, he wanted to go back and see the "monster". The van is parked permanently and it directs tourists and people coming off the boat to Island Fish and Chips. As odd as the display may be, it surely has generated interest. I cannot tell you how many tourists I've seen posing and taking photos in front of this blue van with the scary dude in it!
After our meal, we went to Carter Bay and hung out at the beach with all the babies. It was Kenny's first time at a beach and he had so much fun! He played in the water, built sand castles and a sand turtle. BabyBro was crazy and went swimming. There were other people in the water, but it was a bit too cool for me!

These are the moments I hope Kenny remembers when he's older. I hope one day, he'll look back and say that he went to Lola and Grampy's house and went to the beach or that he hung out at Uncle J's and Auntie C's farm, picked raspberries, played with the dog, tried to push round bales, looked for barn kittens, rode on a tractor, and just had a fabulous time with family.

**This post was originally written on 7/28/09, but I'm only now catching up with posting! It's been a very busy week!**


jan said...

What great moments and great memories you have of times with the little ones. They may not remember all the details but they will remember that they had fun.

t said...

That's beautiful Chris!

jMo said...

Sorry to hear you're sick, hope you feel better. Did you get the Craisinetes yet?
I want that ice cream cone. Now I'm going to have to get a tub of Raspberry Sherbet.

Uncivil said...

Get well soon Auntie C!

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Debbie said...

Fabulous photos. I have actually fried candy bars before and they are great. Of course, you can feel your arteries clogging while you eat them.

J at said...

Oh, what fun, and what great memories! Just make sure he comes back every year or so, and he'll remember the farm with such fondness. :)

They do the fish and chips like that in England too, right. I don't like fish and chips, but I've been wanting to try a deep friend candy bar at some point, so I guess I would have taken that and skipped the fish.

I love fish, btw. Just not served that way.

Barbara said...

Sounds like a wonderful visit with your family! Your beach looks like so much fun.


J at said...

Hey Chrissie, I was just looking at my old blog for something else, and I came across this post, which made me think of you for some reason. Because sometimes you seem kind of hard on yourself for not being 'perfect' as a mom. The post is about breastfeeding, but the underlying issue is about relaxing and enjoying yourself and knowing that you are an awesome mom. Which you are.

The post is on as well, but no comments. Some of the comments I got at the time were better than the post.

Let me know what you think. :)

Hope you're feeling better.

jMo said...

Okay, C., I didn't know what I was looking at the first time round. It's under the ice cream cone and does look like a smooshed corn dog or whelk on a stick or something. But then there's something on the table in the same photo which could be a fried candy bar too.
I know I've had one, but it's been awhile. I'm thinking Milky Way. I don't think they are in general release here yet, probably because people miss the original Mars bars and many haven't figured out it's an almond Snickers.

Karen MEG said...

Food, family, babies, beach... what an awesome post, C!

Great, great captures of some wonderful moments, C.

C said...

That is so true! My biggest hope is that Little One has an endless supply of family and childhood memories like my brothers, cousins and I had growing up.

C said...

Thanks! BTW, Toronto trip has been postponed indefinitely. I thought I'd be able to pop down there with LO, but time is a bit tight right now. Gadget Girl is leaving on the 10th and The Student will be arriving on the 16th. Busy, busy!

C said...

Urgh. I was sick last weekend and didn't even get a chance to say goodbye to my brothers, SIL, Kenny and the twins!

C said...

Haven't received the Craisinettes yet! I'll write the review as soon as I get them though! :)

Raspberry sherbet!!! OMG!!!! I just had an orange sherbet the other day. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm! Okay, now I'm craving one. Thanks! ;p

C said...

Thank you, my friend! BTW, Hubby and I just got a new board game and I thought of you! It's "You Know You're a Redneck When..." (Jeff Foxworthy). We haven't opened it yet, but it looks like fun! Thought you'd get a kick out of it! I tease Hubby about having some redneck traits. ;p

Jinxy said...

What a fun time! I love being a spoiler too. :)

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