Sunday, June 25, 2017

Nantucket Island, Part 1

Where do I even begin on such an amazing week-long trip to Nantucket.  Although it was our first time to the island, I felt like I returned to my motherland immediately upon arrival.  (Warning: picture overload in this post.  I couldn't stop snapping away on our trip!)
From the cedar shake shingles to the preppy vibe to the classic cars (especially the Woodys!) all over the island to the nautical perfection of island life, I felt like I was home.

We traveled with the wonderful Cordell family for the week and all of us were thrilled with the sites when our ferry pulled up to the dock.
We were especially thrilled to have made it given our hellacious path to get there- an unexpected and freezing red eye flight with two children when storms forced our plane to depart from Dallas six hours late and make an extra stop in Florida to pick up a flight crew due to overtime issues.
The kids actually did spectacular given the circumstances (and I would say Rick struggled with it the most of anyone!) We finally got to our Boston airport hotel around 730am and had a two-hour family power nap before trekking on to Cape Cod and then our ferry to the island.

A pizza dinner on the wharf never tasted so good.  We were exhausted and hungry!
Our house for the week was situated in a lovely neighborhood with plenty of space to bike, tennis courts, and was located about 20-minutes via bike to the town of Siasconset.
 
Outdoor shower anyone? I spy a little boy...
We were also close to one of the beaches, even though the temperatures ranged from chilly to down-right cold while we were there.
Nevertheless, our four children braved the cool water one sunny day and stripped down for a quick dip at the Madaket beach.


Adulting...drinking hard lemonade out of a can while watching the littles.
There are three lighthouses on the island and we hit up all three by the end of the week.  Lighthouse number 1: the Sankaty Lighthouse.  It's so fun to imagine a lighthouse keeper living here year-round for the safety of the boaters out at sea.
Like father, like son.  Oh wait, wrong dad...
Daily trips to the "Juice Bar".  It's super healthy.  haha
On one of the colder and rainy days, we headed downtown to check out the whaling museum.  It was so interesting to learn about the wealth the island created thru sales from the dangerous whaling industry.  Entrepreneurs would sell the valuable whale oil or turn it into candles along with other profitable items.
Reading Moby Dick and other fun whale books in the adorable children's nook.  Perfect for a rainy day.
 Cold weather don't stop us...
How many miles from Nantucket to....
(I especially love that Mackinac Island is mentioned on this mural because it's another favorite for the Jordan and Cordell families.)
I'm going to end this post here for now, but don't worry.  There are many more pictures to come in part 2!

-Bethany

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Hyatt Lost Pines

It's always fun to get away with some of our closest friends, especially when some of the friends moved clear across Texas and we don't get to see them as regularly.  The Burrus and Stoltz families joined us for a Memorial Day weekend at Hyatt Lost Pines.
The introductory summer holiday weekend at the resort is big business and was packed with both people and activities/entertainment for all (can you say goo-stick dance party?!).  We mostly spent our time at the waterpark and the kids enjoyed both the lazy river and the sand beach (where a nice case of sand fleas bit me all over on the last day!)
Scooters were the main mode of transportation for our gang all weekend.  They also make for great entertainment on the tennis court while Rick and I tried to hit a few balls one morning!
The all-you-can-eat buffet was the absolute best deal in town.  With so many food items and a chocolate fondue fountain for dessert, the kids couldn't believe their luck.
What happens when the parents want to sleep in and you are all in one hotel room?  You send the kids to the bathtub with pillows and an iPad! :)
Texas friends, both animal and human...
Rick read the Texas Monthly edition of the best bbq in the state and we stopped at Mueller's BBQ on the way to the resort.  I had been before, but it was a first experience for Rick.  We stayed in line for a couple of hours, but it was absolutely delicious and worth it.  Although we decided our good buddy Lloyd might make an even better brisket...
Thank goodness for the small town trains and antique stores that kept us entertained with free fun during the long wait (except I did buy some things, so maybe not so free!)
 

What a fun weekend and a great way to kick off our season of heat and humidity, which was on full display for the entire time.
 

-Bethany