July 26, 2012

Destination vacation...

I am counting the days until we leave for our yearly summer family vacation.  Bill, Mom, me and Matthew, my brother Gerard his wife Denise and their three kids, Sydney, Alex and little Gerard are the usual attendees. This year we'll be celebrating Matthew's 30th birthday, and it will be just shy of Sydney's Sweet 16th so there is much to celebrate. And then there's the relaxing!

Oh did I mention where we're going? Our destination is Cape Charles Virginia, a small historic town on the Chesapeake.This is our first time in this town so we're very excited!


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From what I understand it is a nice little historic area with some beautiful homes, shops and some very good little restaurants. There's a dock for fishing and we all know (as least it's know here in Virginia) that The Chesapeake has wonderful  source for  fresh seafood. You can also be sure there will be crabbing and fishing included in our activities; followed closely by cooking and eating. Oh did I mention the Clam Festival! I love clams!!

I have amassed a large pile of stuff that to bring so that our vacation will be as comfortable as possible in our rental home. Playing cards, puzzles, Pictionary for a few giggles. A new I-Pod player for the beach so that we can all fight over whose I-Pod has the best music on it! There will be singing and dancing of course. Don't you just want to pull up a beach blanket next to us? Oh darn you won't believe it! I forgot to pack the beach blanket. Then there's the beach chairs, umbrella and cooler for the adult beverages, beach towels, spray suntan lotions and bug-spray galore, even those dumb ear drops since someone always gets an earache when swimming. The beach looks very nice for a bay beach don't ya think?


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Did I mention my list is endless? Lots of soaps-hand -dish-clothes-shower, cleaners,garbage bags and foil, paper products, condiments, and the basic things like coffee-tea and the like. Fresh clean blankets for everyone's beds. Am I the only one who just think it's a bit gross to sleep with a blank that might have been slept on by some stranger? That's why I hate hotels. We get linen/towel service with the house which is great, but the blankets or comforters that come with the house will get folded up and put in a drawer. Are they clean? Kinda gives me the creeps just thinking about it.  

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So we're off on Saturday in the late morning since it only takes about three hours for us to get there. It will be considerably longer for my brother and family (probably twice as long) to get there from NY. But it's worth it; we always have such a good time on our vacations. We'll probably meet up and grab a late lunch at a local Pub since the check in is at 4pm. After that a quick stop at the Realtor office to pick up the key and packet for the house then we'll get to see actually see what the house looks like since all we've seen is pictures.Usually once we get all our stuff in the house and everyone know's where they're sleeping and the beds are made, everyone will head to the beach and Denise and I will go to the store for the groceries. 


I will be taking my  new camera and using it as much as possible. And from what I understand there is internet in the house however I don't know if I'll be posting on the blog or not. What it really comes down to is how much free time I have to myself. Seriously with eight other people in the house it's not likely with all that distraction. It might just have to wait until I come home to fill you in on how our vacay was. We'll see! 



25 comments:

  1. It sounds heavenly!!!! And my gosh, I am amazed at how prepared you are (except for the blanket) lol.

    Oh, and I feel the same way about hotel linens. Grosses me out!

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  2. How fun! Sounds like a great place you'll be vacationing at with a lot of wonderful people! I hear of a lot of familes taking vacations together in a rental house like this and they all seem to enjoy it! Sounds like you are all prepared too! I hadn't thought about that with blankets before, now I think our next trip I'll be bringing my own too! Enjoy!!

    betty

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  3. With eight people under one roof, you'll not have a moment to sit down and fill us in and that's great news. I'm thrilled for you and your family as I know how excited you've been. Yes, I'd like to reserve a spot on a blanket next to you and then dig into your adult beverage cooler.

    I'm totally with you on the linens and blankets. Yuck! Have a wonderous time and I can't wait for all the pictures!!!

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  4. I am jealous Jen! It looks like a fabulous place for a vacation. I can't wait to see those pictures.
    As for the linens, I usually toss the quilt/comforter onto the floor too if we're at a hotel. Is there a washer & dryer in the unit? You could always toss them in there.

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    1. I think we made a good choice when we picked this location Jackie. There's a beach and we have our family it's gotta be great right?

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  5. Oh Jen,

    I envy you soooo much. Have a great trip and I do hope you get to post at least once or twice. I look forward to your posts so much.

    I have not been a regular lately....my mom hasn't been well and I have been spending a lot of my time with her and back and forth for doctor's appt's and tests. Hopefully nothing too serious. She is 87, , but I am not complaining, I enjoy spending time with her and she really has not been herself so we are all really concerned.

    I'll be looking forward to some pictures.

    You have a great trip, and take care!!

    Cheers from the rock!!!

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  6. Have a wonderful time! VA is beautiful!

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    1. Thanks...I've been planning this since before Christmas. I can't wait!!

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  8. Enjoy!
    And don't worry about your house, I'll take good care of it. You did pack the fridge, right?
    m.

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  9. Have a wonderful vacation! We're heading to NYC next week, so I'm making my list too. :)

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    1. Love NYC that's where I was born so you know I'm partial to the place! Have a blast...

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  10. Well I hope in your free time you get some great shots. Just looking at the map was relaxing to me. As for the hotels, the older I get the more freaked I am about what the naked I can't see (but I know is there). I've never taken my own bedding (as of yet).

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  11. It sounds perfect, have a great time!!! :)

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  12. HAVE A GREEEEEEEEEEEEAT TIME, Jen<3 Xxx get lots of photos.

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  13. I've nominated you for an award---check my blog for details!!!!

    Cheers

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  14. Your vacation sound wonderful.I hope you have a great time.If you can squeeze me in I'll bring my own beach blanket.

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  15. We were just there in May. We were in Virgina Beach, we drove through the area and stopped in Chincoteaque to take a boat out to see the wild ponies of Asstaeaque.. so gorgeous out there.. have fun.

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    1. Hena,
      Just got back yesterday and yours is the first comment that I'm replying to. You are so right we loved our visit SO much. Thanks for commenting. I do hope you visit again.

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  16. Have a wonderful time!! I've never been there but I can only imagine it's a beautiful place.

    And, no. You are not the only one with issues about hotel hygiene. It brings my OCD to the surface--big time!

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  17. You got one there. Have a wonderful time.

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