Tuesday, August 24, 2010

August on the Vineyard

August.  we went to Martha's Vineyard.  First for Bella.  Maybe last for us.  House sold...so we will officially be renters.  We had so much fun.  Fishing off the pier.  Clamming.  Surfing.  Swimming.  Playing Phase 10 (card game).  Chilmark chocolates.  Bridge jumping.  Walking through Edgartown...old whaling town, cobblestone streets, natural shingle homes, green shutters, white trim.  Listening to Vineyard Sound (acapella group).  Outdoor showers.  Apple fritters from The Back Door.  Sunset in Menemsha while eating lobsters on the beach.
A year ago we got the call that Bella was ours when we were leaving the vineyard.  She has not even been home a year.  We came home and she did a camp for a week.  Heart breaking how she needed to make sure that I in fact would come back for her at the end of the day.  Once she knew that...she had a ball.  She is learning everyday that in fact she is home.  For good.  She loves and is loved.  She did not want to leave the Vineyard. She loved the family being all together.

After getting back from the Vineyard.  Bella went to camp.  Eliza worked at a horseback riding camp.  Andrew prepared for leaving for college.  We packed, bickered and then went to NC a few days early.  Jason booked us two yerts in the mountains of NC for a few days before we were to show up at HPU.  You will have to wait to hear more about that trip and dropping Andrew off at college:)