Saturday, August 19, 2006

Vacation report

We spent a week in Cape May, New Jersey, and we couldn't have had better weather or a lovelier time. Apart from a few child-related blips (e.g., James waking up at 5 a.m. the first morning, rousing the twins, insisting that they change into their bathing suits, only to be told by his cranky parents that "no one was going to the [expletive deleted] beach until a more civilized hour"), everyone enjoyed themselves tremendously.

We stayed in a charming little house that belongs to one of Tom's father's clients (Tom's dad is a painting contractor):

The house was conveniently located near a mermaid crossing:

Charcoal made the trip with us and was an all-around good sport. He (unlike the other children, I might add) did not whine or complain a single time in the car, and made himself at home in his little pen, although it was difficult to get him to put on sunscreen:

Doesn't he look more relaxed already?

The beach was gorgeous and the water was warm. Sand castles were built:

a real-live crab was spotted (and not on a dinner plate)

I got some knitting done:

sunglasses were worn:

and an adorable, curly-haired mermaid was spotted, trying to revive herself in a beach bucket:

Imagine my chagrin, however, when I realized that I had not remembered to pack my "brat" shorts:

Coming soon: more vacation pix and the long-overdue sleeve tutorial continues...


jillian said...

Sounds like a wonderful time - you brat :)

Anonymous said...

Can I have Gorgeous Grace's hat?

Carol said...

You know what kills me? I can take a perfectly clear, perfectly exposed photo of some stranger's ass, but when I try to take shots of my yarns, they just don't translate.

Elizabeth said...

Carol, try taking your yarns to a beach with nice bright reflective sand all around.

Actually, have you built yourself a little reflective tent?

I try to put the yarn on a neutral grey background and use several light sources. If you can bounce a bright intense light off of a white surface instead of pointing it right at the object, it makes a big difference. There are all kinds of tips online for improving lighting that don't involve buying a lot of special (read: expensive) photography equipment.

Charity said...

Sounds like a great time was had by all! Lovely photos - thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

Those kids are so f'ing cute.

Especially Princess Grace. However, as a mother of two, I can quite appreciate the general crankiness of the P's at being asked to go swimming at dawn. What is it with kids and Christmas and swimming that make them need to become nocturnal critters?

That sock looks like a flavor of Opal, no?

Anonymous said...

Looks like a great place. And those are some awfully cute kids- looking pretty happy to be there, too. Now I have to be the one to say it, Charcoal is looking pretty relaxed- and as cute as a bunny can be. Did he get a romp in the sand?