Happiness is… old friends and new beginnings.
Facebook is a wonderful thing. It’s put me back in touch with my best friend from middle school. As chance would have it, she’s also married with a baby. There are other similarities- our husbands have the same first name, our babies are both January babies, her husband is a scientist, and a bunch of other things that make their family a great match for ours.
Anyway, she invited us down to their family’s beach house in Lewes, DE for a weekend. It was a really long drive from NY, but so worth it.
Lewes is gorgeous! I love the old houses, the architecture, the sidewalks, the little shops, all beautiful.
I wound up taking the day off from work the Friday we were heading down (I wrote about it here) which meant we arrived around 7:30pm. We rather quickly got the little ones to bed and settled at the huge dining room table for some Wits And Wagers. It was a lot of fun.
The next morning we got an early start and headed over to the Historic Lewes Farmers Market for their Tomato Festival. It was really lovely. If we didn’t have such a long, unrefrigerated, drive back to NY, I definitely would have stocked up. Instead we got a pint of cherry tomatoes, the variety I cannot recall, and a gorgeous bunch of flowers that I just could not pass up.
As usual, Mabel was a big hit. Using her adorable looks and charm to get a free flower and a taste-test of a cherry tomato.
Seeing as we’re now boring parents with a toddler, the afternoon was rather low-key, with some splashing in the yard, followed by naps.
After naps, we had plans to head for the beach. We’d packed our lawn chairs, umbrella, and other beach paraphernalia; however, the weather wasn’t cooperating. It was quite overcast and threatening rain. So, we decided to just walk down to the beach and enjoy what we could. It was about 1 mile to the beach, and a pleasant walk through the quaint town. Mabel loved the water, and it was hard to keep her out of it! We made it back to the house just as the raindrops started to pour down. Perfect timing!
Dinner that night was had after the littles were put to bed. We dined on burgers and hot dogs, grilled veggies, and a delicious orzo salad that I should post the recipe for soon. A meal with adults, and no kids was such a nice change of pace! If only my friend and her hubby weren’t in DC!
We stayed up late playing more Wits And Wagers as well as Balderdash The Game (which is different and more fun than the old Balderdash that was just about bluffing word definitions). Mac and I really enjoyed both games and put them on our wish lists for future purchase. We laughed so much that our sides hurt. If we hadn’t all been imagining waking up at the crack of dawn with our kids, we probably would have been up all night.
The next day was departure day, and we had a long drive. So we took a quick stroll through town, did some window shopping, and said our goodbyes. The drive back was hard- even taking the Cape May-Lewes Ferry didn’t feel like much of break.
However, we had so much fun that it was completely worth it. It was so nice to find a couple that we meshed with and be able to get away for a weekend. They’ve invited us down again, and I can’t wait to take them up on the offer. We hope to return the kindness and have my friend and her family up to our cabin in the Catskills.
I’m planning to print up a few of the photos to frame and send as a thank you. I have to hurry up since it’s been almost a month since we were down there!
It’s so funny to remember back to the 5th grade girls we once were- now both moms and wives. Thanks Facebook!