Wednesday, August 1, 2012


I can't complain that we don't go on a lot of trips and luckily for us we live in a vacation spot and within an hour or so a dozen of additional vacation destinations. However, it is a rarity that we take a whole week off. Typically, we are the "long weekend trippers" but this time we took a whole week off over the 4th of July holiday and vacationed in Cape Cod.  And boy was that wonderful.  Since returning to work in April I had been essentially saving every newly accrued PTO day for this trip (and I used them all but .08 hours... big spender). We are really lucky that John has family (Aunt Kathy, Uncle David, and Cousin Katie, her kiddos JD & Evangeline, and husband, Gary) who live at the Cape which is just perfect because we get to visit with family and enjoy such a wonderful place.

So here's our trip deets PART 1...  

July 3rd: 
Only downside, it takes a really long time to get from Denver to the Cape... especially if you don't fly direct, but Ian was a total trooper on the plane there we never had a moment of being "those people." Ian pretty much slept or just sat up and played with his toys the whole way.
Angel baby sleeping on the plane
After an entire day of traveling on July 3rd we finally made it to John's Aunt and Uncle's beautiful house at like 10pm. Travelling east is the pits because you lose so many hours, but the vacation was well worth the long trip.

July 4th: 
First things first, Ian met Evangeline (John's cousin Katie's baby girl who was born 2 months before Ian).  And I'm sorry but could they be any cuter playing with the toys?! 
Good morning to my new cousin! Ian also started sitting up on his own this trip!!
Still a little wobbly but cousin E showed him how it is done. 
Evangeline "Easy-E" is all smiles!
Happy 4th from Chatham

Little buddy played on the porch with toys and enjoyed himself a  happy 4th!

Ian discovered Mum Mum's!! When Katie was feeding Miss E,  Ian grabbed
one of the Mum Mum's out of her hand and the rest is history... he is a Mum Mum addict.
Major progress in the foodies world.
More playing after dinner
Ian hanging with "Gaga and Papa"

I don't think there is a more patriotic looking place to be on the 4th of July.  I mean seriously the town is covered american flags, stars and stripes, and red, white, and blue.  Such a great day! At the end of the night after getting the kids down we sat on the porch and watched the fire work shows up and down the ocean. We could even see shows across the water in Nantucket - picturesque! 

July 5th: 
This story was on the cover of the news paper while we were there... clearly we are hard core for braving it. We had to get Ian some beach time though...
Beach Babies... Ian's first dip in the ocean
Not Convinced.
REALLY  not convinced.
Dad taking little man on a beach stroll
Dinner for the little ones... Ian eating ANOTHER Mum Mum.

Starting to sample some of the "good stuff"!! YAY!
John maning the grill for dinner... Yes that is the ocean RIGHT there. Pretty amazing.
I had to document our dinner... because JOHN ATE FISH! Yum!
Yet another wonderful day at the Cape and equally important both my boys hit some milestones with their eating. Life. Is. Good.

July 6:
Today we did a stroll through down town, lunch at the Squire and Cape Cod Brewery Tour. Katie texted John a few weeks before we came to town to let him know that her and Gary had won a private tour at the Cape Cod Brewery and wanted to know if we'd be interested in doing that. Of course to John this was NOT a question, but wonderful news.

Ian hanging out at the Squire
Being a silly guy sticking out his tongue!
FISH AGAIN! Both John and I got the Cod... sure it's fried but hey, John ate it.
Shop in Chatham... questionable name.

Amazing. And they are all over. 

Our personal tour... yes we bought our babies. Judge all you want, they enjoyed it.
A couple owns this brewery and  the wife is in the floral dress leading the tour. 

Great tour and the owner personally spent at least an hour and half with us.

Evangeline is very curious. 

Ian is starting to nod off with all this beer talk.
(Note: moments later he passed out in his car seat for the rest of the tour)

"A vacation in every pint" Cheers to that.
No blanket for Evangeline to crawl on? No worries, this box will do.

No caption needed :)

.... More to come.... Stay tuned...

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