Tuesday, June 27, 2006


Anticipation . . . anticipaaaayaaaaaytion it's makin' me crazy! Sing it Carly Simon, oh just kidding.

Grammie and Grandpa made it home from their vacation back east bearing gifts! My parents are pros at bringing us fabulous gifts when they travel and we hold down the fort for them (which is like a vacation for us). They always bring us thoughtful, interesting and unique gifts perfectly suited for each and every one of us and it is always fun to see what comes next as they range from the typical to the exotic! As fun as all of this is, we are mostly happy that they are home. For, although we love to hear about all the places they go and are glad that they have a fun time, we miss them when they're gone!

The traditional unveiling of our travel gifts is an exciting time for the kids (grown ups too) and this was no exception, in fact I have no idea how they are ever going to top this one! Here is the box that patiently travelled from Massachusettes to Seattle, making little "scratchy" noises along the way:

Hmm...what is in this box?

No, not candy, we already got some of that!

Let's distract ourselves for a while until it is time to open THAT box!

Here we go. I can't wait! I can't wait! Dad, hurry up with those scissors!

Viola! WOW! Would you look at that! A lobster! From Cape Cod! Can we keep him?

He is kinda cute . . .

Grandpa, Katie, Grammie, Wyatt and McRae (oh and one of those lobsters too)!

Into the pot with ye!

I would've posted pictures of the end result, alas I was too stuffed from eating that lobster! What a treat! I must say, that growing up with a father in the seafood industry has completely turned me into a seafood snob (I won't order it in restaurants unless I know where it comes from - or it is fish-n-chips, prawns or shrimp) and although I'd had my fair share of lobster last year on our vacation (hello all), this was COMPLETELY different. This lobster was the real deal: succulent, rich and so very tasty! Looks like I may have to be adding Massachusettes to the places I'd like to visit, not only for the rich history, beaches and close proximity to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, but also for the lobster! Thanks, Mom and Dad!


sunshine scribe said...

Oh vacation gifts are the best!! I remember a good succulent lobster. I was addicted (my mom is from the east coast and would get us the best ones). But then at 21 I developed a terrible seafood allergy. Ug. But reading your post made me (almost) think about risking it for just one bite. But then again I am being good to my body right now....I keep forgetting :)

jennster said...

i SOOOOOOOOOO just gained 10 pounds looking at the pics in this post!

Lisa Goldstein/Kelly Kelly said...

yummm. drawn butter. oh yea, and lobster to deliver it. i have dinner envy. am having leftover hamburgers. Wah!


Thanks so much for checking out our blog and for the very nice things you said.

Mommy off the Record said...

Wow. Now THAT is a great present. I love lobster.

Though I must say that I am a total chicken and would freak out if I had to actual boil one. Though I'm sure the one you got wasn't alive. Right?

OK, dumb question.

Lisa said...

mmmmmm. Lobster! My MIL went to England and all I got was a cheap keychain....

Mom101 said...

Wow, adventurous kids! I think I ate my first lobster at 32. And I went to college in Boston.

mollymcmommy said...

i want me some lobster! yum, yum!

random comment....i went to a seafood restaurant when preggo with my first...i was overdue, and i couldn't fit in the booth.

the end.


Nut's mom said...

oh wow. me jealous.

and your kids are adorable by the way.

Thanks for the compliment on the blog. I chose it because, get this, that girl looks an awful lot like me. and it's my attitude too. :)

Angry Dad said...

Hehehe. Thanks for that. It reminds me of the Simpsons episode where Homer gets a pet lobster called "Pinchy". He got eaten in the end too!

EmilyRoseJewel said...

I have only had lobster once on my honeymoon, and it was divine! Yummy, yummy. You are never too old for vacation gifts. I know I look for them from my parents still. Sounds like you had a great time!

Christina_the_wench said...

Your kids are too precious. Forget the lobster. I want the multi-colored sucker.

C2 said...

Awwwww.... you just reminded me of one of the many things I will miss about living in New England. The lobsters ROCK!!! And I highly recommend any vacation up in this area (RI, MA, NH).

Mrs. Chicky said...

That's it! I am so getting lobsters this weekend.

What? Its one of the few perks we get here in Mass. Lobster whenever we want. Mwaahahahaha!