Saturday, July 19, 2014

Vacation Treasures

"Mother, Mother, I feel sick. Send for the doctor; quick, quick, quick!"

We grew up playing with old Fisher Price toys at our grandparents' house, and now that we are older, our family has collected a few of those play sets for when we have little kids over.

So when we found this Fisher Price children's hospital in Holland, MI, we knew it was coming home with us.

Our little cousins had a lot of fun playing with it later in our trip.

While we were also in Michigan, we were able to meet a very nice lady, Ann, who is a friend of our grandma's, and a follower of our blog!

She had just finished having a rummage sale, and brought along some things she thought we might like.

This is a beautiful crocheted bed spread. It needs a few repairs, but it's so pretty!

She also had some lovely teacups to add to Becca's collection.

A vintage souvenir teacup from Detroit, MI.
 These two are from our Aunt Barb, and I get to keep one of them to remember our tea time together with her and Ann.

 I think Becca will want the rose one, so I get the blue one! 

Becca found this cradle at a thrift store too. We saw one very similar to it in museum in Massachusetts, though I'm sure this one is just designed to look old.

Aunt Barb took us to lots of fun little shops around Holland, and at the Wooden Shoe Antiques, we found a few more treasures.

One was this candy mold. It is absolutely darling, and now we can make rabbit lollipops!

I also found some books there. 

Postern of Fate stars my most favorite crime solving duo; Tommy and Tuppence. Though, this is their last book, and the now elderly couple can't have adventures like they used to, it was still a fun read.

The Firm of Girdlestone is by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I've only ever read the Sherlock Holmes Stories, so I'm really looking forward to getting into this one.

"Merry x'mas. To Olive, from Mama. 1906", written in the front cover. So sweet!

While staying with our Great Aunt Sally in Massachusetts, we went to Brimfield Flea Market, the largest flea market in the country!

With limited space in our car, we could mostly just ooh and ah over things, but we did find a few treasures to take home.

This reprinted Beatles poster is one of my favorites. I love the font of "the" at the top, and it will be so fun hanging in our room.

A cast iron rabbit.

Some old keys Becca found.

While walking around the flea market we saw a huge dollhouse, unfinished, and only $60 dollars! There are no way we could have brought it home, but it would have been an amazing project. Other dollhouses we saw there were selling for $100+, so it was such a good deal, and we were pretty sad we had to pass it by.

Aunt Sally's bridesmaid dress jumped out of the closet, and it fit Becca almost perfectly, so she let us take it home! 
It's such a cute peach Swiss dot fabric.

We also visited an antique store owned by an uncle of ours.
Becca found this record, but he wouldn't tell her how much it was. Then he said it had a special code on the back that meant it was free. Thanks Uncle Jim!

The Unicorn was the only song we knew on the record by the Irish Rovers, but it's a fun album to add to our collection.
Have you heard that song before? It's pretty silly, but cute.

So, we have lot's of fun things to remember our vacation by, and we hope you enjoyed seeing a few of them!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Seaside Adventure

by Bethany

We're home!

Our road trip vacation was so much fun; we got to see lots of friends and family on the east coast. 

 Our favorite and most memorable adventure of the trip was one of our days in Cape Cod, MA.

It started out beautiful. Actually, the weather for our whole trip was quite nice, even though Hurricane Arthur threatened to (literally) dampen our plans on the coast. 

Our Dad rented a boat, as he loves to do, and we eagerly climbed in, donned in our new sun hats we bought the evening before. 

We were advised they were a practical accessory for a sunny day at sea. 
And of course they looked darling.  :)

We did have to hold on to them tightly on the occasion that Dad wanted to test the boat's top speed.

Hat overboard!

We found a deserted sand bar a little ways away from the large houses along the shore (but thankfully not too far, as you'll see).

The shore was littered with shells of all shapes and sizes; perfect for collecting!

Hats make nice baskets. :)

There were tons of horseshoe crabs on the beach, well, their empty shells. There was one we thought was alive in a tide pond, but it wasn't him that was moving, just the things that had decided to use him as a home. 

The shore was peppered with little holes, tunnels to the homes of little crabs. Becca caught sight of one before it could make it far into it's shelter, and we scooped the sand away to catch him. He was not happy about that.

"Who dares disturb me?"

A mermaid's purse. Either from a baby shark or manta ray.
Striped Bass Minnows
Little did we know, as we explored and combed the beach, we had landed the boat at high tide, and each moment we stayed there, the water was receding. 

Hmmm...maybe we should get going.

Dad pulled up the anchor and we started pushing the boat out, but it wasn't moving. The boat had barely a foot of water around it, and the keel was firming sunk into the wet sand. That boat wasn't going anywhere.

A couple taking their dog for a walk along the beach passed us.

"The tide is going out, you guys better get going!"

"We're from South Dakota," Mom told them. Translation: We have no idea what we're doing!

What? We've never had to worry about tides before. We have lakes and rivers; our experience with oceans is zippo.

As hard as we pushed, the boat didn't budge, and as more time passed, the more the water crept back. If we didn't get out now, we would be stranded until the next tide, 12 hours from now. Oh dear...

Dad called the rental company, thinking they could send someone to give us a tow, but would they make it here in time?

The couple walked by again, watching us fruitlessly struggle.

There was no way to just push the boat out, they said. We had to push with the direction of the keel, not against it, but still there wasn't much water.

There was a harbor nearby, with ferries coming and going. When the next ferry came by, the waves it would make might be enough to get us out, or push us further up on shore if we weren't careful, the couple told us.

So with the six of us geared to push at just the right moment, we waited, watching a ferry come in.

It felt like forever, but soon the approaching swell lifted the boat just a bit. We all pushed as hard as we could, and the boat moved! Our family scrambled into the boat as the man continued to push us out deep enough to lower the engine props.

And we were off! Back in the ocean, and thanking God for the help!

Our rescuers and their darling Aussie-doodle (Australian Shepherd/Standard Poodle)

It was was definitely a "new experience" as our Aunt Barb would say, and we learned quite a bit about boating in the ocean.

Another fun experience happened right after that. We had pulled into a little cove that Dad heard was good for swimming. Right before I climbed off the boat, I caught sight of something in the water.


I cut the top off a pop bottle, and we scooped one up to look at more closely.

Isn't God's design incredible? They were amazing little guys, so tiny and transparent. Later we found out they were harmless, but it's still a bit unnerving to swim with jellyfish, so we stayed in the boat.

We would like to share about some of the things we collected on our trip, thrift store/flea market finds, and some special gifts, but that will be another post.

Here's an ending question for you:
Do you know if this is a sea creature, or a plant?

We couldn't tell, but they were everywhere along the shore, and it is debated whether we saw one move.