Monday, June 20, 2011

Beach - Day 1

Our first full day at the beach also happened to be Father's Day.  It was very nice that Brad was able to be here at the beach with his two kids.  What I enjoyed about it, was Brad took me for a nice spin in his Bahama Yellow 1968 Porsche 911 that he fully restored himself.  It was awesome!  Everytime I spend some time with Brad, I always wish that I knew more about cars.  Anyway, Brad and I went out for a nice spin, got a couple beers and some shrimp.  It was a good day for us to spend Father's Day!  (I've decided that while Mother's Day is nice, I tend to like the idea around Father's Day, it's just a little more my style!)

Of course, before my afternoon outing, we spent the morning on the beach.  Will was fearless (but we knew that!).  He headed straight for the water and plunged right in!  Walking all the way up to his chest!  Unfortunately, his feelings toward the water cooled a little after a wave knocked him off his balance.  But he happily played in the sand!  It was quite a nice morning!

To Lewes, DE by way of Woodbury, CT. . .

Every year Whitney's family plans a week-long trip to the beach.  This year the rental on the beach house was from a Saturday to Saturday.  About a month before the vacation, we found out that my Nana was coming out to Connecticutt the Friday before we were going to the beach.  Now this is the same "I don't fly anymore" Nana, so we decided that we needed to see her!

So Friday afternoon (as in three days ago), we drove up to Connecticutt.  Now, unfortunately, it was a terrible driving experience.  Will was a champ most of the time.  He sat in the back and watched Sesame Street and Elmo's World on the iPad.  The problem was the Garden State Parkway and thunderstorms.  Not fun.  It was bumper-to-bumper traffic and it took about 6 hours.  Ugh.  But we eventually made it, safe and sound to Aunt Jane and Uncle Gabe's lovely house in Kent.  Nana-Banana was there to greet us!  It was so nice to see her and spend time with her!

Saturday, we were having a surpirse luncheon celebration for my Great Uncle Greg's 85th birthday.  In addition to those of us who stayed at Aunt Jane's, my Great Uncle Wade and his wife, my Great Aunt Barb, cousins Shawnee and Dylan all showed up.  It was a great time.  (I would post pictures, but, according to Apple tech support, I bought a faulty digital camera connector for my iPad.)  Unfortunately, Will was not such a champ at lunch.  He was very fussy and ended up going for a car ride with Whitney about half-way through lunch.  He returned just in time for cake!  What impeccable timing he has!

After cake and several rounds of family pictures, Whitney, Will and I loaded up into the car and began our drive down to Delaware. . .

During this leg of our journey, I couldn't have asked for a more cooperative kidd-o.  He slept for the first 1 1/2 hours, then played nicely by himself for the next 1 1/2 hours and then hung out and watched Elmo and Sesame Street.  Whitney and I were both very impressed.

By the time we finally made it to Delaware (5 hours or so), it was way past time the kidd-o's bedtime.  After a brief visit with cousins Oliver and Vivian and Maisie and Uncle Brad and (Will's) Nana, Will went down.  Thus began our week at the beach!

Summer Begins!

Oh my!  I cannot believe it has been over a month since the last post.  It has been a busy month in the Suttell household.  The school year here at Westtown wound down and I went back to the law office part-time.

Will is continuing to grow.  But even more exciting is how much he is talking.  Every day he comes out with a new word.  He is even stringing some words together.  It is so much to hear him finally be able to say what he wants - even if we don't always understand him, or give him what he wants.

Last Sunday Will and I had a great day together.  We went out to the local diary farm to pick up some milk and visit the cows.  Will can both say and sign the word "cow."  Unfortunately, the cows were on the other side of the pasture.  That was okay though because we found some goats!

Well, it was okay until the Mama goat came over and bit Will's finger!  He was fine, a little startled.

And then for the next week, Will would randomly say (and sign) "cows" and then say "goat!"  Then he would hold out his finger and, in his little Will way, tell us that the goat bit his finger.  Apparently this made quite an impression!