Once again, football season is coming to a close. Although my son enjoys playing, I can't say that I will miss the crazy scheduling that comes along with it! Beginning in late August, he spends three nights a week practicing, and once school begins, evenings at our house become chaotic. Trying to do homework, rush to football, and not having dinner until after 7:00 wears thin after a few weeks!
Despite having great team spirit, it hasn't been a winning year for the 6th Grade Cougars (but that one victory was sweet!). There is one game left - hopefully they will close their regular season with a win - but then again, that would mean they make the playoffs which would prolong the practice schedule!
There's more to the "Jersey Shore" than what you see on MTV! Every year we spend a week in August in the bourough of Seaside Park, New Jersey- a great summer vacation destination!
Seaside Park was incorporated in 1898 and is located on the Barnegat Barrier Island. It is flanked by Barnegat Bay on the West, the Atlantic Ocean, and ends with Island Beach State Park on its Southernmost point. The first inhabitants of this area were American Indians who came to the area in search of its abundance of crabs and shellfish.
What is now Seaside Park was a section of Dover Township until 1875. The area then became known as the “Sea Side Park” section of Berkeley Township. Between 1875 and 1900, the area become more populated - land was sold, houses and roads were built, and Seaside Park began to grow. Today it is a small town of around 2,000 year-round residents, but is a summer getaway for people from many surrounding areas, making tourism its main industry.
The main attraction in Seaside Park is the almost two-mile long beach. Accesible by a boardwalk that runs along Ocean Avenue; the street and beach are separated by dunes which run along the waterfront.
Every year my sons look forward to our annual trek to Seaside Park - swimming, the boardwalk and the local 7-11 being some of their favorite spots! A few photos from our vacation in August:
Looking toward Funtown Pier
Boogie boarding at the beach
Kayaking on Barnegat Bay
More boogie boarding
(the boogie boards were purchased at the Seaside Park Annual Town-Wide Yard Sale!)
Taking a break at water's edge
P.S. - Being a big "Jersey Shore" fan - we made a stop in Seaside Heights to see the action (and caught a glimpse of Snooki - but didn't get a picture). Here are a few shots:
During the summer months, we try to take a "field trip" at least once a week - yesterday we took the train to Boston for a ride on CODZILLA!
Codzilla is a 70’ speed boat that is equipped with two turbo-charged diesel engines and is capable of breathtaking 360-degree turns. The trip begins slowly, as the boat glides out into the less crowded part of Boston Harbor. Once there, the engines rev and the white-knuckle part of the trip begins!!
My youngest was not thrilled about boarding Codzilla - he was talked into taking the trip by his brother and friends. Once we left the dock, he started to shake and asked to go back . . . but it was too late!
Once the fun began . . . he was hooked and wants to go back again!
The brochure said that you may get "a little wet" - it was a slight understatement! We sat in the middle of the boat (I let the boys choose the seats - we really couldn't see much) but we missed getting completely soaked! The people who sat in the rear two rows behind us were not so lucky!
It was fun - the kids loved every minute of it! I have to admit - I did close my eyes a few times - when they took the sharp turns you felt like you were going to be tossed into the harbor and the music and engines were so loud you couldn't talk to the person sitting next to you!
The views of the city were fabulous . . . as was the wake of the boat!
(my camera was a little damp as you can see from the right side of this photo!)
If you are in Boston and want a little excitement, take a ride on Boston Harbor Cruises' Codzilla - you will be in for the ride of your life!!
Now that the holiday weekend has passed, I finally have some time to post some photos of our celebration! After driving into Boston in the morning to visit the Queen Mary 2 at the Boston cruise terminal, we headed to the cottage for a day of swimming, kayaking and celebrating America's 234th birthday!
The boys did a little paddling . . .
Matthew practiced paddling from the shore so he could learn to take the kayak out alone!
Uncle Sam decorated the garden with his flag!
Mark enjoyed steamed clams and mussels on the deck!
Many of our neighbors enjoyed time on the pond!
The house was decorated to celebrate the 4th!
We enjoyed a delicious dinner with some neighbors!
The boys celebrated with some sparklers on the patio!
We enjoyed a fireworks display put on by our neighbor!
To close out the evening, the boys spent the night in their new bunk beds!
The 4th of July, time for cookouts, fireworks and parades. In my town, it is time for the North Middleborough 4th of July Parade! Though I have lived in this town for almost 17 years, this was the first time I have attended the parade.
A crowd gathered early to watch the wide variety of marchers. We found a shady spot under a tree and watched as bands, politicians, floats, antique cars and practically every tractor in town made their way past us.
Matthew enjoyed the parade as many of the participants gave out candy! He got so much that my bag was bulging by the end of the parade - he said he was a "candy magnet"!
Our District Attorney, Tim Cruz, passing out candy - Matthew would vote for him if he could because of the candy!
There were lots of cute dogs participating in the parade - so patriotic of them!
Since we live in a small, rural town - there were lots of tractors!
The funniest part of the parade was the route . . . it traveled one way down Plymouth Street, then turned and came back the same way so there were marchers in both directions of the street!
The fire trucks brought up the rear of the parade!
It was a great time - looking forward to next year!