…and too many Forced Family Fun posts!
After three days, it all starts to stink!
My family can’t seem to get enough of reading about our holiday high jinks, so please bear with me for one last post about us (for now).
It is true what they say about house guests and fish….if house guests bring fish (especially the kind in shells) you will be invited back!
Hubster and I sealed that deal last year when we brought “lobstah”, so we knew we had an invite this year. The Kitchen King (KK) and the Family Matriarch (FM) are never too proud to accept gifts of fish.
Now you know the real reason they call me the “Greatest” Auntie. Sadly, no “lobstah” this year. I did bring Maryland crabmeat and we did enjoy a nice hot crab dip one evening. Not sure if that is enough to guarantee next year’s reservation, but I did load and unload the dishwasher several times so when they can’t find something I put away they will have to call me.
This is how I think that call will go: “Hi Greatest…it’s the KK, I can’t find my meat grinder and I am unable to make my homemade world-famous kielbasa for the FM…I think you put it away.” … I pause, “Gee, the meat grinder?…I do remember taking it out of the dishwasher. Have you looked everywhere, even the garage?”….His response, “Yes everywhere.” ….This is where I reel him in…“This has left you in an awful state of affairs…I know how the FM gets when the smell of kielbasa is permeating through the house. Gosh, she just adores that smell. Now look KK, it is an incredible inconvenience for me, but if you can have my oceanfront room ready I think I can be there in 7 1/2 hours unless you want to fly me in, then tops two hours.” …The KK is very fond of his homemade world-famous kielbasa so this is a no brainer on my part.
Back to the post:
I took lots of photos this year because quite frankly the entire family is well aware that all family gatherings are on the record for A Milkman’s Daughter; journalistic integrity and lack of DSLR camera aside.
This post is dedicated the six-day Birthday/July 4th/Engagement Family Palooza… also it seems that young Scarlett*, one of my great-nieces, noticed the lack of her photo in the last post about the sandcastle challenge so in quick form I will remedy that faux pas.
My blog has become quite popular in my family and to be featured is a big deal, after all we are talking about tens of people seeing your photo and complimenting your latest look.
So without further ado and prior to celebrating everyone else…here is Scarlett.
Your social life at the beach (frolicking among friends, running over rocks, and organizing ocean activities) made it a bit difficult to keep you in focus long enough to take a photo. Sometimes drastic measures had to be taken just to keep you in one place for more than 5 minutes. Thanks for smiling, building our rock flag, and especially thanks for playing with us.
Love, The “Greatest”
There are so many topics to cover; therefore I have given each a title.
During low tide you can walk out to the big rock with the flag…however beware the tide will turn. The outdoor shower is one of the most popular locales for removing sand where the sun doesn’t shine. There is usually a line for the outdoor shower. I suggested we get one of those “Take a Number” things like they have at the deli counter.
Decked out in RED, WHITE, BLUE and written word.
I was the exterior bunting coordinator this year, apparently that is an honor, then I remembered… guests are always put to work…Did I mention a lot of sand comes in the front door?…The vacuum works wonders…I was “volun-told” to use it several times.
Hemingway had the Florida Keys; I had the South Shore.
I spy, the beauty of flowers and this adventurous guy.
My niece and nephews have kept the family tree blooming. The grandchildren often ask for double S’s when at the beach; snacks and a sleepover. The KK and FM usually oblige.
has the illusion of enjoys being in charge in the kitchen. Don’t tell the FM, because she often thinks she is the boss. We let them hash it out, as long as the food keeps coming.
Some of the items featured on the menu:
Homemade Pizza, appetizers (too many to mention), salads (more than just lettuce), beef, seafood, fruit, and desserts which still feature prominently on my hips. For some reason there was no homemade world-famous kielbasa this year. (Wink, wink.)
Sometimes there are too many cooks in the kitchen and one must go to the great outdoors to create works of deliciousness. Martin didn’t mind and neither did we. The grilling of clams requires attention to detail, therefore my brother, #1 Son supervises.
As I mentioned several events were being celebrated: a birthday, a 239 year old break-up letter from Second Continental Congress to King George III and an engagement party.
Congratulations to the happy couple. If you are thinking about a destination wedding, look no further than the front yard…I hear the rates is quite reasonable.
Entertainment & Service Staff
The grandchildren were employed to entertain and serve. No pay was involved: if you’re lucky enough to be at the beach, you’re lucky enough.
Good Times with Family
I know my family is going to find this hard to believe, but there were a few of you (about 16 or 17) that I missed while taking the photos. (I did have to eat and sleep; because we are family I know they will forgive me.)
It is not the house that I love(although the location makes it pretty easy on the eyes), rather it is the people, who bring love to the time spent together. We laugh, we cry, we game, we cook & clean, we swim, we dig, we smile, we shop, we do loud really well, we hug, we recycle, we time out, we sing, we wake up really early, we do please, thank you & sorry, and we do family, the best we know how.
Enjoy your Monday!
*names continue to be changed and hopefully never used in a court of law