Archive for July, 2018

4th of July 2018

July 5, 2018

A pause in The Cape action to talk about our 4th of July celebrations. This was a particularly loooong day, for me. Alarm call at 5.15am. Out the door by 5.45am and lined up to run my 3rd Atlanta Peachtree 10k by 6.45am. It is said that this is the biggest 10k in the world. Am not 100% sure about that. Without accusing Americans of exaggeration, (especially not on its birthday), buuuut, they do refer to the winner of the Major League Baseball Series as The World Series Champions. When in reality, the league only includes US teams. Same with football. NFL claim the winner of the Super Bowl to be the Super Bowl World Champions. Again, no international teams participate. So you can understand my skepticism when they announce the Peachtree 10k to be the largest in the world. But what I do know first hand, is it’s for sure one of the biggest. 60,000 competitors strong and a race so coveted by runners all over the US, that each year hundreds of thousands of people enter the Peachtree lottery in the hopes of securing themselves one of the 60,000 runner spots. This year, I was one of the lucky 60,000. So running the biggest 10k in the world, is how I kicked off America’s birthday celebrations.

After surviving the hot and humid streets of Atlanta, it was off to spend the day with family and friends at the lake. Where this body attempted to use the power of aquatic healing, to revitalize her battered legs. It helped a little, but for the rest of the day I was pretty much physically useless to everybody. We left the lake in time to get home, grab our flags, our chairs and our glow sticks and rush off to watch the 4th of July fireworks. Eventually fell into my own bed somewhere before midnight after carrying 2 very tired, lake happy, fireworks happy, party happy little boys into bed.

All business on the left. Red faced and very relieved to be finished on the right.

The lake portion of our day. Thats Keane way out there test floating Cullen’s new shark.

His very own shark to float on. In this moment Cullen is living his best life.

Our friend Asafa and his fiancé, Alyshia were staying with us for a few days, so they got to partake in all of the festive activities.

Keane on deck.

Diving off the boat is his favorite thing.

Keane and Alyshia head off for a swim, just the 2 of them.

Cullen on his shark, All. Day. Long.

Keane was stuck on the floating donut, impatiently waiting for Cullen to give him another turn on the shark.

This is why we keep the men around. To carry all of necessary/unnecessary day out crap back to the vehicles.

Post workout levels of tired.

Closing out the day with my favorite boys, watching the fireworks.

The boys loved this smiley faced firework.

Crab Trap

July 3, 2018

Last year during our visit to The Cape, the boys got to go crabbing. This year there was no way we were going to get away with not crabbing. Its all they talked about. So bright and early on Day 2, Uncle Jack and Aunt Anne had the coffee brewing (for the grown-ups, to help with the waking up factor), and the traps baited and roped (for the kids, who were already very much awake and ready to get their crabbing on) and we headed off to the marina to see what was biting.

The marina was just a short walk from Jack & Anne’s house.

James, trap aloft, ready for a crab war.

Straight to work.

Cullen is currently in a phase of sea creature obsession. He loves all things ocean life. So this day was as exciting as it could be for him.

James with some hermit crabs = Cullen’s happy dance.

Setting the traps.

Keane with the first shrimp catch.

Acting like some kind of ocean master Cullen was busy checking everyones catch.

Trap check, nothing yet.

A local fisherman had better luck with his own trap. He caught a few crabs and a flounder fish.

Paul may have caught something good.

Cullen straight over to see.

He’s impressed.

There it is, a crab.


Feeding the captives, so they feel less captured.

Keane is having a lot of success with the shrimp.

A few other boys show up to join the fun. And one of the boys also happened to be called Cullen. As a first name. What are the chances?

James got something exciting.

We think it was a baby eel. Cos it was tiny, and eel like.

Jack and Anne sitting back, watching all the action.

A couple of hours later and we decided it was time to release everyone back to their rightful home.

Paul sets one of the crabs on his way.

Keane release the 2nd crab.

Cullen was adamant that he be the one to return the baby eel. So he did.

James just tipped the rest of the captives straight in.

One of the crabs need a little more encouragement.

Group shot with our fabulous hosts and crabbing adventurers.

This is how the Doyle boys felt about us momma’s wanting to get a Doyle boys photo.