Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety-Jig

We're home; we're happy; we're tired; we're tan. We are drowning under piles of dirty and clean laundry and yesterday we vacuumed a third of Assateague Island out of our new van--I had to shampoo the trunk and use a good deal of Febreeze, too, because something in our shell collection died back there and made the whole van smell like low tide. It took about five hours of hard work, but I think I've got it back to good as new.


We really had a great time. The weather was perfect and it was wonderful to see Jeremy's family and meet some new cousins for the very first time--mighty cute cousins, I must say.


We learned about the area wildlife and geology and earned the Assateague Island Junior Ranger badges. I just love the National Park system and programs! The boys found so much by exploring on their own and then they learned more about those things by completing the activities and taking the tour required to earn their badges and "graduate" to Junior Rangers.

We saw Marguerite Henry's house where she lived when she wrote "Misty of Chincoteague." I wish I had remembered to take a picture of it. We saw the Chincoteague lighthouse up close.


We sat on the steps, but didn't climb inside because it was a hot day and they don't air condition lighthouses and it just wouldn't have become cooler as we'd have gone up. Then we served as lunch for an aggressive swarm of vicious mosquitoes on the walk back to the car.


We rented bikes and took them on the bike trails and to the beach.


We explored marshes and went digging for clams and oysters and muscles.


We caught fiddler crabs, and ghost crabs, and mole crabs, and blue crabs.


Jacob and Alex ate all the shellfish we caught.


We went swimming in the ocean almost every day.


Nicholas loved the enormous sandbox in front of the ocean.


We saw deer, and geese, and ducks, and cranes, and plovers, and pipers, and the great blue heron. And yes, we saw ponies. But we never saw the wild ponies this close. We mostly saw them as dots on the horizon or penned up in town giving rides for a charge. My brother in law lucked out on a bike tour and took this picture.


We're happy to be home and once we've cleaned up we'll be jumping into a routine. My computer monitor is out for repairs so I'm updating from a laptop that isn't as easy to use. Blogging may be sporadic in the next week or so, but I wanted to say "hello" especially since I've been getting email from some of you wondering where I am. Thank you for asking. We're glad to be home.

32 comments:

mopsy from lifenut said...

Welcome home! It looks like you had a fantastic time. What a beautiful place.

Renee Moore said...

We are glad you are back, we all missed you. Sounds like you had a wonderful time with the family. thanks for sharing the pictures with us.

Ken Wills said...

Welcome back. I love the pictures and the hats. Every explorer needs a good hat!

Ann Horan said...

It looks like you had a really great time. I hope the recovery isn't too bad!

Anonymous said...

Great to have you back in the bloglife! (is that a word?!?!)
so, what are the ranger badges you are talking about? Is it a boy scout thing?

Suzanne Temple said...

anon, No, it is the National Park system that runs the junior ranger program at each wildlife refuge in order to promote concern for wildlife in children and educate them in the treasures of the park. We earned the Cape Cod Junior Rangers badges last year and now we have the Assateague Island National Seashore badges. I highly recommend these programs if ever you have the opportunity to participate. We hope to complete more of these in the future.

Cheryl M. said...

I'm glad you're back! Your vacation sounds so wonderful - the perfect vacation for five little boys!

Cheryl said...

Welcome back. Your pictures are great. It sounds like a wonderful trip.

newhousenewjob said...

Sounds like a fantastic holiday. Welcome back.

Jennifer said...

Welcome Home Suzanne. It looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time. Cannot wait to hear more.

KC said...

Welcome home!!! I'd been wondering too about your absence but then checked the blog to be reminded of your trip. I love that place!

J.C. said...

It's nice to have you back. Great pictures! What a wonderful vacation the boys had.

J.C. said...

Oh, and did you all forget sunscreen?! :) Ouch!

Kristen Laurence said...

You know I love this, Suzanne. What fun! What great photographs, dark tans and happy faces! So, so wonderful!

When did Alex lose his teeth?? Tell him to please stop growing for me. :)

Aimee said...

Welcome home, tanned travelers! Glad to hear you had such a fulfilling, lovely trip.

ryan m. said...

Yay -- great photos, esp. that first one.

Glad y'all had a good time.

(You know, my grandma always uses a similar line from that nursery rhyme: "Home again, home again, jiggety-jog." I never knew what it was from until I googled it just now.)

Cay said...

Wow! We would so have loved to join you guys.

Jane Ramsey said...

What an awesome vacation! Welcome home!

Diane said...

So glad you're back, Suzanne! It looks like you had a wonderful vacation...with a whole lot of real learning going on. Thanks for sharing.

Jill said...

Glad you're all back. Safe, tan, and filled with memories. Thanks for sharing the adorable photos.

Suzanne Temple said...

Oh thank you everyone. It is nice to hear from you!

freddie said...

glad you had an unforgettable holiday and wellcome back home.
freddie from rome
PS: I do hate low tide smell...

Jennie C. said...

Welcome home!

~m2~ said...

wonderful pics, lovely time it sounds - welcome home :)

Jen in Maine said...

Suzanne,

Welcome home! After you were gone for about a week, I found myself checking your blog daily to see if you had returned. I was quite excited yesterday when I discovered that you were back. Apparently, I've come to enjoy the daily tales of the Temple boys and your wonderfully refreshing insights on any and every topic. You were certainly missed!

Ladybug Mommy Maria said...

Looks like an awesome time!

Glad to hear you had a great and safe trip!

Laura W. said...

Glad you are back! You were missed in Blogland! What a wonderful memory making vacation!
Loved all the great photos!

Mia said...

wow. lucky, lucky kids. Looks like you enjoyed it enough for all of us *grin* Can't wait to see more pictures!

mel said...

Wow, what tans! lol...we are going to Florida next month, but not many tans will happen over here, just more freckles. :) Great pics!

Jamie said...

Welcome back, you were missed!! What a great vacation!!! What a wonderful memory for you and your beautiful family!!! Thank you for sharing!! I am jealous of the beach EVERY day, how beautiful!!

Rebecca said...

It looks like you had such a glorious time. What beautiful photos! Welcome home!

Alice Gunther said...

This looks like our dream vacation--we are huge Misty fans here!

You are all so very, very beautiful!