Babies, Beaches, and Birthdays!

1 April, 2009 at 6:14 pm (Food, Travel, Weekend Update)

Yes, yes, I know. I haven’t blogged in AGES. I’ve been traveling a lot for work, and frankly not been in the bloggiest of moods! But that’s all changing now…and i have a whole month’s worth of blogs to catch up on.

So, lets start with a month ago. The last weekend of February I went to West Palm Beach, Florida to see Rachel and Lili, and their 7-month-old twin girls, Casey and Marley. It was so great! I hadn’t seen Rachel and Lili in five years (crazy!), and it was nice to catch up. It was a fairly low-key, homebody-ish weekend – which was EXACTLY what I wanted. It couldn’t have been better! Rachel and Lili claim the girls were fussy and just beginning teething, but I thought they were great. I also learned that it’s probably for the best that I live far away, because I would spoil them rotten. They stop crying when you hold them! And those smiles! How could I just let them lay there? Yeah, it was like that. But who could resist? I mean, look at these two!

Marley is on the left; Casey, on the right

Marley is on the left; Casey, on the right

Other than spoiling babies, we went to the beach (Lili caught fish, the rest of us chilled on the blanket)…
Check out that hair!

Check out that hair!

Rachel with Casey who was refusing to sleep

Rachel with Casey, who was refusing to sleep

I’d put a picture of the fish Lili caught, but the Rachel I’m related to would kill me…
We (we being Rachel and Lili) made a seafood feast…and I finally saw crabs being cooked while still alive.
Poor guy. But he sure was delicious!

Poor guy. But he sure was delicious!

We also played games, went to the library…like I said, low-key. And so fun. I can’t wait to go back! But don’t worry, girls – I’ll come visit even if you move to Texas 🙂


The weekend after I returned from Florida, it was Robert’s birthday! He decided to do his birthday in…and make his own seafood feast. No complaints from me! We had mussels, shrimp, and lobster – and Tucker made a new friend!

Tucker and Lenny

Tucker and Lenny

Robert bought Lenny, a 2 1/2 pound behemoth, for the meal. And once again, I was educated to the ways of cooking shellfish. It seems that putting still-living lobsters into the boiling water is actually bad: they, well…they urinate when you put them into the water, and it changes the taste of the meat. (and Robert, feel free to correct me in the comments if I didn’t get that right!) So, what to do? You stab them square in the brain, and then you cook them. Note: watching a lobster stabbed in the head was much more traumatic than watching a crab being thrown into a pot. When Lenny was impaled I screamed like a girl. But the end result? Well, I’d never had lobster meat before – and it was delish 🙂
Lenny before...

Lenny before...

...and Lenny after.

...and Lenny after.

So, all-in-all, the first week of March was pretty fantastic! Much more happened in March, of course – but those posts will come later…



  1. Rosella said,

    I am sure there was enough of Lenny to include me in the party. Next time you find a lo bster that big, call me.
    Sounds like you had a good time and I’m glad you got to play with the babies, they are cute.

  2. Rachel said,

    The babies are adorable! So happy! And I greatly appreciate your not putting up the fish picture.

    Lenny’s little flag is pretty great too.

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