Memorial Day in Port A

Fun times this weekend! We usually don’t ‘claim’ time at either of the beach houses during the high season. BUT, when I looked at the kids summer schedule and the calendar at the beach house in Port A, it was now or not until August. So, claim it we did! We managed to combine work and play this weekend. Saturday started with all hands on deck – literally – staining it.  We paid our girls and their two friends for two hours of their time to stain the rail slats upstairs. They did a great job! Bruce and I handled the deck on the main level. We used our favorite stain, TWP in Dark Oak. We thought we had purchased plenty (5 gallons!) but actually could have used about 7. So, the stairs will be stained the next trip! Bruce put together another two heavy duty adirondack chairs – they look beautiful all lined up on the side deck. The flowers in the hanging baskets have doubled in size since I planted them in April. Made me very happy to see that.

The new adirondack chairs on the deck.

The new adirondack chairs on the deck.

The kids spent the rest of the time Saturday at the beach – the waves were HUGE and the boogie boarding was great. The sargassum was pretty heavy this weekend, the beaches were groomed once, but there was really a lot to wade through. Saturday night we made the ritual late night run to Cancun Mexican Restaurant for nachos and sopapillas.

Walking through the waves for another ride.

Walking through the waves for another ride.

Monday morning we ate on the deck, made a quick stop at Coffee Waves for lattes and Italian Sodas  and went to BoJons for shopping . Mission accomplished, we went back to the house to change for the beach. We really  squeezed every last bit of goodness out at the beach today – staying until it began to empty mid afternoon as folks had to return to land life. Sigh. Summer is here but the kids still have two more weeks of school. Feels interminable.

Starfish found on the beach  by a neighbor.

Starfish found on the beach by a neighbor.

Sunday was more fun at the beach for the kids and Bruce. I went in to Aransas Pass to get some supplies for the house. I did take the ferry, but the long line back was worth it as I watched a large ship go through the channel with 5 dolphins leaping ahead of it. Totally exhilarating to see them!  Sunday night we invited some folks over for Sundaes on Sunday and went through nearly 3 gallons of various flavors of Bluebell, the revelry continued on the beach in the dark with flashlight crabbing. I think the best part is the squeal of delight as the kids see and try to catch those zippy sand crabs.

 

The newly stained deck and the family out front.

The newly stained deck and the family out front.

The dolphins were jumping out ahead of this ship. So awesome to see!

The dolphins were jumping out ahead of this ship. So awesome to see!

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