Sunday, July 13, 2014

Everything is awesome!

We stayed put this weekend as Frank needed to knock out some homework and we had a good friend celebrating a birthday.  And it ended up being awesome!

Saturday was "maintenance day" on many fronts.  Everyone in the family got their hair done and Frank replaced the aft air conditioning condensate pump.  

Then the kids and I headed to the local water park (very local, like 5 minutes down the road) to celebrate their friend Julia's birthday.  It was a blast!

We left the water park, washed all the chlorine out of our fresh highlights and headed to the beach to watch "The Lego Movie" with a bunch of our friends.  Everything was awesome!

Sunday was a great day to chill at the marina.  We enjoyed the Herrington Harbour hospitality at a slip holder breakfast then spent 5 solid hours at the pool.  We got some sun!  Then we read and grilled and relaxed.  And that is how I like my weekends!

Monday, July 7, 2014


Celebrating our country's freedom with friends and family was simply amazing this weekend.  A front and storms passing through on the 3rd cancelled the marina's fireworks, but we still enjoyed nature's show.

The passing of Hurricane Arthur offshore brought us AMAZING weather for the weekend!  The 4th was pretty gusty so we stayed put and enjoyed a great cookout and wedding fireworks with our friends and neighbors.

We headed to St. Michaels for their fireworks on the 5th for our very first raft-up with our friends on Airborne.  It was a success!  Such a great time!

The sail back on Sunday was great, though we were reefed for my comfort.  :)   

I am so thankful that we are able to freely explore our shores.  I'm thankful for all the people that protect us daily.  

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Took the kite out for a trip to Annapolis!

Today was our first "in season" trip to Annapolis this year.  The wind was super light, so Katreina took the helm while we rigged the spinnaker (also for the first time this season!).  She did great and we were able to sail part of the way up the bay.  Was it perfect?  No.  We actually forgot a block and ran the down haul wrong, but we accomplished forward motion for a few hours so it's counted as a success!  We'll add that block next time.  ;)

We took a mooring in Spa Creek and headed to town for ice cream, shopping, play ground time, and a few Painkillers from Pusser's for the ride back.  Again, Katreina had some great driving skills!

We wrapped up the day swimming in the creek, though there was quite a bit of boat/paddle board/kayak traffic.  Frank made an awesome dinner before taking us on one last dinghy ride.  I am sooo relaxed!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sailstice 2014

What a busy weekend!  Friday night one of our crew was off at a slumber party and the rest of us headed to the marina's slip holder party--so fun!  They were serving up rockfish, mussels, crab wraps, potatoes, corn bread, cake, and of course, beer, wine and orange crushes!

Saturday wasn't the best weather-wise, but we still got underway to celebrate the solstice/sailstice!  The kids were very tired from their late nights and slept for most of the time we were out!

Saturday was made complete with a salsa tasting and the movie "Frozen" on the beach.  Such a great day!

Sunday we took advantage of all the water finnrhe marina has to offer!  After a slip holder breakfast (more yummy food!) the boys went out fishing while the girls went kayaking and paddle boarding.  After lunch we all went boarding and to the pool.  We all got a little too much sun, but we had so much fun!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Plaindealing to Oxford

We started Saturday with a presentation on the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, given by its Director, Dr. Hines.  With a lack-luster wind forecast for the day, we decided to head across the bay for a swimming hole, fully expecting to motor.  Happily the forecast was wrong!  

We had nice, steady winds from the south for most of the trip and had all the canvas up.  Sunny and 80!  We decided to head for Oxford, but tried a new spot in Plaindealing Creek.  Good spot--peaceful, good holding, and a quick dinghy ride into town for some of the best ice cream on the bay.  It was a good night for sky observing, too--moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and a satellite!  We even saw our first cow nose rays of the year here!  

Heading home ahead of some unsettled weather, cleaning up the bay as we go.  So far we have picked up a children's life vest and a beer can.  :)

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Fishing for a Happy Mother's Day

I am quite under the weather today, with a horrible sinus headache and fever.  But it is just such a nice day on the bay that I wanted to head out anyway. About 15 minutes after the lines went in and Frank was just thinking that we were sailing a little slow for trolling we nailed one!  It cross one of our other lines and we ended up losing a rig, but we got the fish!  This one was netted from the transom--much easier for me!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Landed one!

This weekend we set out on a mission--catch a rockfish.  And we did it!  We trolled 3 rigs for a few hours, and got a solid hit on one of the Cuban yo-yos.  Frank expertly pulled it in, but getting it netted and aboard was a challenge!  The net was way too small and I couldn't hook my feet on anything to lean over far enough to get a good angle, but eventually Frank got this beautiful 36" rockfish aboard.  Dinner was wonderful!!!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Man the ark!

Rain and tide conspired to make it very difficult for me to get on the boat tonight! So far all is well, though.  Tide is going out.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Up Weems Creek

We set out this weekend to try to catch a rockfish and enjoy a sunny weekend on the bay.  We headed north Saturday, picking up a Navy mooring in Weems Creek in the late afternoon as winds became gusty and variable.  In the creek we clocked gusts up to 25kts.  We even had a duck fly up onto our deck!  A storm passed through just as the sun set, lighting up the sky, but we huddled together watching Pirates of the Caribbean.  

Sunday was a stunner!  Sunny, clear, and just enough wind for sail trolling.  On the way out of the Severn, Frank even managed to fix a slow drip from one of the cooling lines.  We didn't catch any fish, but had a great day of sailing.

We returned to clean the boat, get a start on the spring wax job, and enjoy a cookout on the beach.  Really just a great weekend with the family.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

We are outta here!

We've pulled the kids from school and are heading to Ireland!  We'll be in Dublin by the morning!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring has sprung!

I'm calling it, spring is finally here!  We waited out some super gusty winds (for the most part) Saturday, putting away some winter boat accessories and knocking out homework.  By 3pm we were getting antsy.  We plan to be away for the next two weekends and the sun was out--we had to go!  So between gusts we tossed off the lines and headed out!  We only used the genoa, and not even all of it, and somehow managed to max 9.2 kts through the water on a downwind port tack.  It was great!  

We made it to our anchorage on the Wye River about an hour before sunset.  We were treated to an amazing show while we grilled dinner and it continued after the sun set.  We saw Mars, Jupiter, Gemini, and Orion.  We played Monopoly until way past bedtime.  It was lovely.

We managed to sail for a few hours Sunday before the wind completely died. The iron gennie brought us back to some good times catching up with the neighbors.  It was a great start to the season!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Will the purge ever end?

While we were in Illinois we were able to check in on all of our pre-boat stuff.  It's been in storage with my parents for almost 5 years now.  While we sold a good deal of it a few years back, we still have much to get rid of.  Tools, pots, pans, cribs, beds, cabinets, and books galore.  We made a dent, purging boxes of old files and setting aside books to donate, but we realize that we need more than a few hours there to really make progress.  I wasn't as emotionally attached to some of the items as I was a few years ago, so that's progress!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Small town benefits

We had a whirlwind weekend, taking a train from DC to IL and back to go to a benefit for one of my high school friends who's taking on her own fight against breast cancer.  The event was overwhelming.  So many people donated items, time, and money to support one of our hometown girls.  The hugs were heartfelt, the smiles sincere, and the tears flowing!  It was great catching up with people I haven't seen in years, but mostly it was great seeing the smile on Missy's face.  When we left, I sat in the car sobbing.  Katreina asked, "Mommy, are you happy or sad?"  "Yes, baby."  I was so happy about the outpouring of support and generosity from my small town, but sad that I just don't make it back that often.  It was an amazing trip. 

Monday, March 3, 2014

ANOTHER snow day

Here we are, firmly in March, and we are all home from work and school in the DC area yet again.  A day off is kind of nice, but I do have a lot to do at work!

Over the weekend we knocked out a science fair project and a bunch of chores.  Today it was Legos, sledding, and movies!  Oh, and cooking ribs to warm the house up!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Finally! Back out on the water!

We are fortunate to have a few days with temps in the 50's this weekend so of course we had to get underway!  Besides, we're five days from the next polar vortex.

It's been almost two months, but no real issues getting out today.  The main was jammed in the mast, but we didn't need it and were able to work on it at anchor.  It was chilly on the bay, but a nice lunch of soup helped and now we are sipping cocktails while we watch the wildlife on the Rhode River.  We are also getting to watch little chunks of ice float down to us!

So, so nice to be out for the weekend!