Sunday, November 22, 2009

National Adoption Month

In case you didn't know, November is National Adoption month. Adoption is something near and dear to my heart as I am an adopted child of God. God also blessed our family with adoption. Enjoy the video but be warned! Grab a box of tissues first!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Flippies for Supper


One of the blessings about living along the coast in the fall is that there are plenty of beautiful days to enjoy the outdoors without tourists. Sunday was one of those beautiful days. As we were driving home from church we asked the Beach Crew if anyone would like to go fishing out in the boat. The girls wanted to go; the boys wanted to stay home. So after a quick lunch we headed out to enjoy the beautiful day God had made.
We went out into the ocean, but there were no signs of fish. We motored back into the creeks and found a hole that Captain Daddy remembered fishing at with his Aunt when he was a boy. The hope was to catch a few small fish. Captain Daddy had bought for the girls special, small, pink rod/reel fishing poles. The Queen remembered all of the instructions that Captain Daddy had taught her about using her fishing pole. The Princess just wanted to do her "Fish Dance."
Well, wouldn't you know as soon as the girls cast their lines that they each caught a small Black Fish. Excitement was running high! The Queen cast her line and hooked a HUGE Pig Fish. Captain Daddy told her she needed to catch three more so we could eat supper. So she set out to catch three more flippies...and she did. By the way, flippies are fisher-girl talk for "the fish flipping in the bottom of the boat."

Captain Daddy didn't get a chance to fish. His job was to bait the hooks and remove the hooks from the fishes mouths. He did a great job!

The Queen was poised for success. She found her spot and held her ground, or should a say, water.

The Princess caught a great, big.....


Toad Fish.
These aren't for eating. The have a mouth and jaw full of teeth. They totally wreck a fish hook.

The Princess informed us that what she r-e-a-l-l-y liked to do was
"r-e-l-a-x on the b-e-a-c-h."

Waiting for a strike.

The Queen caught her quota of fish and proceeded to dictate that The Princess had to catch four fish too. The Princess only wanted to do her "fish dance" and left Beach Mama to do her work.


Another Pig Fish. If you don't know what a Pig Fish is, well, first it is just good eating. Second, it makes a grunting/oinking kind of noise like a pig.

Ok, The Princess takes the credit for the fish. We kept a total of six fish, enough for a frying pan full. Thanks to the fisher-girls, we had flippies for supper!

As the sun set, we headed back to the marina.

We had a great time fishing and a great supper!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Halloween

The Beach Crew got creative this year with the Halloween costumes. Sorry it has taken so long to post photos.
Do you recognize my children? They're scary!

First we have my son, Earl (My Name is Earl). Earl is on a quest to undo any wrong deed he has done. He carries "The List" in his shirt pocket and crosses each wrongdoing off his list as he makes atonement. Karma is a funny thing.

Next is my other son, Dr. Gregory House, or just House (House, M.D.). My mini-m&m popping (no Vicodin here) misanthropic medical genius that goes around diagnosing impossible medical cases in less than an hour.


Next is my polka-dot, Princess Pocahontas.



And, last but not least, The Queen of Cowgirls.





Tuesday, November 3, 2009

You're Still The One (Part II) or Operation Night Out

Captain Daddy and I very seldom ever go out on a "date." In fact, I can't say I remember the last time that we did. I know it had to been at least Pre-The Queen (5 years ago). The Queen has always been my "Velcro baby." I wore her in a HipHammock for at least 3 years. I'm talking all day wearing. The Queen has become somewhat relaxed in the past 2 years. I can be out of her sight for more than 5 minutes, but she will still call out to locate me. The Princess does it only because The Queen does it. Anyway, over the past few months I have been experimenting with leaving the house without them. They are OK if Captain Daddy is here because he usually lets them run around and get into all of the things I won't let them get into. Daddies are like that. I have also left the girls at home with Big Tuna while I pick Godzilla up from school. Now, it isn't just a "bye I'll see you later-walk out the door" departure. No, there is usually some planning involved before my foot lands on the doorstep. I get The Queen occupied with something fun like NickJr on the computer, then slip out the door. Well, more like "running and not looking back." Every time when I ask Big Tuna if the girls did all right, his response is, "Yeah, they were okay because I told them you were in the bathroom." They must think I spend a lot of time in the bathroom!

Well, Captain Daddy and I felt pretty confident that we could go out (sneak out) on a date by ourselves. Alone. So then came the question, "How are we going to do it?" You would have thought we were planning a strategic military maneuver! Operation Night Out went like this:
Step 1 - Be accountable. We have friends in our church that have the same anniversary day, October 28th. Early in the month we decided that the 4 of us would go to dinner. Now, we were accountable for going out on a date. No backing out at this point.

Step 2 - Mum's the word. We didn't mention a word of this to any of our children! Well, not until the time was appropriate, like running out to our vehicle. Also, when we did mention it, we referred to it as a "meeting', not like something fun or anything.

Step 3- Proper Preparation/Training. I prepared an arsenal of entertainment/activities so as to be able to depart un-noticed. Two days before "Operation Night Out" I took the girls to Target. After drooling over all of the toys that the store had to offer, I settled on a brand new DVD and Play-Doh Ice Cream Maker. New stuff. Yeah, new untouched Play-Doh.

Step 4- Anticipation. Now that the new stuff was in their hands, I told them that they could not play/watch it UNTIL Captain Daddy and I had left for our meeting. For two whole days they could see the new stuff, but not play/watch it. They started to ask when we would be leaving. They started counting down the days/hours. "Now, are you leaving now?" they would ask.

Step 5 - Fried Chicken and Barbeque. We have a SCNB restaurant that we love to eat at. In fact after every trip to China, SCNB was our first stop once back into NC. A few hours before Operation Night Out was to commence I purchased a Family Pack from SCNB with double fries. Yes, my children were ready to push us out of the door!

Operation Night Out was a complete success! We had a lovely dinner with our friends. We had grown up conversations. We shared our "how we met" stories. We had a wonderful time. See for yourself.

Let's start with the desserts!


Captain Daddy ordered Key Lime Pie. Ladies and Gentlemen, this was no ordinary slice of pie. The pie was at least six inches high. I think that is mango-raspberry puree drizzled oh-so-prettily on the plate.

Do you think it tacky of me to take photos of the desserts?


Seventh Heaven! Lawsy! Sweetened biscuits with Hagen Daaz ice cream and topped with not just blueberries, but also raspberries! What a party for your taste buds!


Dear friends J & B. Happy 13th Anniversary!!


Beach Mama & Captain Daddy

You're Still The One!