Sunday, March 29, 2009

A day at the sea

We had no plans for Saturday (except for a date for me and A that night - woohoo!), so when we saw that the forecast was for partly sunny and close to 60 degrees, we decided to drive up to Rockport, one of my favorite seaside towns in Massachusetts.

This is the famous "Motif #1" in Rockport

The water was so still, and I loved the colorful boats against the gray of the day

We had such a nice time. It was quite a bit chillier up there and gray and cloudy, but we didn't mind. We explored the little shops, had a delicious lunch at a sandwich place right on the water, and walked on the beach to look for shells and sea glass.

This cool car was parked outside the shops

Interesting statue of a child riding a frog

R LOVED the beach. His only real beach experience was last year in Florida. He's never really explored the beauty of a New England beach with its craggy rocks. I can't wait to get him back there again. Or to Cape Cod. It makes me sad that he's not growing up with the ocean as a huge part of his life like it was for me. But watching him on the beach yesterday -- chasing and running from the waves, climbing on rocks, answering the seagulls' calls, finding interesting treasures in the sand -- was wonderful.

While we were having lunch, the fog started rolling in. We walked out to the jetty to look at the water again, then high-tailed it back to the car because we were getting cold. But first, we stopped in an old-fashioned candy store. R picked out a giant white non-pareil; A and I shared some buttercrunch. Then we headed home to relax a little while before R's babysitter came over.

Today, we took my mom's advice and made up a scavenger hunt for R for our weekly grocery shopping trip. It worked like a dream! He was totally into it and rushed through the store to find everything on our list. After that, we took a rainy drive to visit my dad. And, as usual, my dad had an incredible spread of food waiting for us. The antipasti platter was beautiful, and it was so hard not to stuff ourselves silly, but the main course of pasta, sauce, homemade meatballs, sausage, and garlic bread was waiting. My dad sent us home with a ton of leftovers - yay!

Heaven on a plate

A and I have a tough week at work coming up, so this relaxing, wonderful weekend was a true blessing.


sandwhichisthere said...

I have sad news to report about that wonderful cake. It didn't survive the night. It perished during the Drew Carey show and 2 1/2 Men.
You mentioned videos in relation to your work. There used to be a series of animations on television that was called either Scholastic Rock or Schoolhouse Rock. They were entertaining and very educational. I still remember "Conjunction Junction, what's your function?" and the story of Bill making his way through Congress. Music plus lyrics plus repetition make for a wonderful memorization tool. I know that memorization is not in fashion now but I think that it is a powerful tool. Think of Homer memorizing the Illiad with only the "Long dark ships" as an aid.
It was a joy to see you and your wonderful family. I especially noticed Alan and Rix working on the fossil project. The intense concentration and perseverance was obviously a shared trait. If the two of them ever take up chess or bridge, you are going to have a lot of free time on your hands,
all of my love and thanks, daddy

Kristen said...

Dad - I'm glad you liked the cake. I'm definitely picking up a few more on my next IKEA trip.

We have the entire Schoolhouse Rock series on DVD, and R loves it. He knows a lot of the songs by heart and uses the info in context, which is really cool.

Julia said...

I followed a link to your blog and had to leave a comment and tell you how beautiful your photographs are. Thank you for the gorgeous images.

LEstes65 said...

Oh man I miss the ocean!!! Rockport is probably my favorite MA town. Boston is 2nd.

That platter looks AMAZING. Now I'm hungry!

Kansas Bob said...

Color this landlocked Kansas jealous.. once upon a time I just live a few block from the bay and not too much further to the Atlantic.

Glad you all had a great time!

Greg C said...

You need to go to Maine and see the ocean there. I have been to Cape Cod. I won't go back though because of so many bad memories. (past life)