Sunday, May 24, 2015

Bring on summer!

This weekend has been great!  We kicked off Friday night with a U-dock get-together, with dock neighbors new and old.  The weather was perfect, the food delicious, and the drink plentiful!

Saturday we sailed most of the way to San Domingo creek and dropped the hook for an amazingly relaxing afternoon of reading and swimming. After a superb dinner of grilled lamb chops we went for a dinghy ride and explored a nearby island before visiting with U-dock neighbors that were anchored nearby.  A movie closed out a great day!

Today we had a very lazy morning before heading into St. Michaels.  In town we played at the park, had lunch at Marcoritaville, shopped for salsa, and got ice cream.  Back at the boat we swam and I scrubbed the bottom and scraped the prop before making an epic batch of guacamole to go with our burgers.  Then I took to the paddleboard while everyone else took the dinghy back over to the island.  This was such a great day!  

Sunday, May 17, 2015

VOR Newport Stopover

Best.  Weekend.  EVER!  Or at least it's definitely up there!

We took the kids out of school on Friday, driving up to New England Thursday night.  Checking out race village ahead of the weekend was great!  We hadn't even parked when we were passed by half of Team Dongfeng riding their bikes into Fort Adams.  Then, while checking out the SCA pavilion we got some one-on-one time with Annie Lush, Liz Wardley, and Sophie Ciszek!!!  I was totally star struck!  We ended the day with 30-cent wing night at the Officers' Club and checked into our quirky, cozy room at the Henry Collins Inn.

Saturday, after a wonderful breakfast, we walked downtown and caught a boat to Fort Adams for inport race day.  There were tons of people, but we still managed to get close to the Sailors (an SCA girl gave Katreina a visor!) and had a great view of the race action.  We were even right there when Mapfre hit a rock after winning!

Sunday we headed to the race village early and parked ourselves along the dock to see all the sailors head to the boats for the start of the race.  There was such amazing energy!  Sadly, we had to start heading south before the leg start, but it was still a great day.  And we were able to check in on the start action on our phones!

I'm so glad we did this with the kids, and I really can't wait until we can do it again! 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A watery reunion

After only a few notes over the past 16 years I finally reunited with my college roommate and her family for a day on the Bay!  It was so nice to relax and chat and get to know one another's family.  We waited too long!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

TKD Rockstars!

The kids had their 2nd tae kwon do tournament and did amazing!  Katreina won Grand Champion in forms against some higher belts, got 1st in boards and sparring, and even went to the final round to battle for sparring grand champion!  Trent brought home 1st place in forms and board breaking, and 2nd in sparring. Couldn't be more proud of these kiddos!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Sunday Funday

Another beautiful day!  We could do anything!  The kids started the day on their bikes, the Captain knocked out a few boat chores, and I bounced between chores and the kids.  The whole family hopped on our bikes and rode over to the Chesapeake Deli for lunch.  Afterward we decided to stay put for the day.  The kids wanted to play at the beach and Frank wanted to continue with the chores.  I dropped the paddleboard and enjoyed the cool water all afternoon.  We played, grilled, walked--it was perfect.  And next weekend I hope to have a friend and her family join us!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Ah, May!

After a nice bike ride and the Boater yard sale we headed out to try for a rockfish.  No go there, but we did have a sweet day of sailing!  Came back in for the night to grill and watch movies.  Maybe more tomorrow?

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Drivers, start your engines (eventually!)!!

This weekend we headed to Richmond to meet up with some NC friends for the NASCAR race, but the weather was just not cooperating!  Thankfully NASCAR postponed the race before we headed to the track Saturday night and we were able to spend the evening relaxing with our friends instead.  Then Sunday the rain stopped, the track was dried, and we saw the race!  Suck a great day with friends!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Happy 6th Boativersary!

Though the Captain is off gallivanting in Nicaragua today, the kids and I wished each other a Happy Boativersary!  6 years ago we arrived in Everett, Washington after a cross-country move and started moving aboard.  I'm not sure any of our friends and family thought it would last this long, but I think I knew from the start.  Still love our little home!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Ahoy, land-lubbers! (a.k.a. my family)

Our Illinois family finally made it out to the east coast for a brief visit!  Though only here for a few days, they managed to tour the Pentagon, tour Arlington Cemetery (with a behind-the-scenes visit with the Honor Guard!), see the peak of the cherry blossoms (and all the downtown craziness that ensues on closing weekend of the Cherry Blossom Festival), and experience a fantastic day of sailing on the Bay!  Good wind and no waves--couldn't ask for better conditions to take a few land-lubbers out!  :P

One other highlight was discovering a fun, local lodging option--the Seahorse Cottage!  Clean, artsy-quirky, and just 2 blocks from the town's boardwalk.  They loved it! 

The trip was too short, but I'm glad we got a little time together!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Science! TP race

These two adorable third-grade scientists asked a very boat-important question--which type of toilet paper dissolves the fastest?  They compared:
- 2-ply marine/RV "quick dissolve"
- 1-ply value (Scott)
- 2-ply value
- 2 play premium

And the winner was...

...1-ply!  Okay, that wasn't a surprise--Scott pretty much melts in a dry hand.  But, of the 2-ply entries, the value tissue dissolved the most!  It broke into much smaller pieces with gentle shaking than the marine/RV type.  Have we all been led astray???

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

Boat kids don't have a yard to hunt for eggs in, but the bunny gets creative around the marina!

I think they were happy!  Lots of eggs had money inside, so they are planning a big shopping trip!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Mini Spring Break Escape

With rain and gusty winds in the forecast we decided to check some more things off our "local fun" list while we're off for spring break.

Friday fun--the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland.  We've been before, but not since they completed the new Blacktip Reef feature.  It's awesome!  The place was pretty crowded, but we still had a great time.  We left early in the evening and headed further north!

Saturday adventure--Philadelphia, Pennsylvania!  After spending the night near the Philly airport we headed into the city--a first visit for everyone!  We toured on foot, sticking mostly to the sites of the Independence National Historic Park--Independence Hall, Congress Hall, Christ Church burial ground, Franklin Court, Liberty Bell, and Betsy Ross's house.  It was awesome!  And I now know why capital letters are called "upper case!"  

We hit all of our "must" sites before 5 p.m. and are on our way home from a great mini trip!