Goodbye, Summer!

In summer, the song sings itself.

~William Carlos Williams

Chincoteague

Today marks the last day of summer.  Big S is back in school bright and early Monday morning (we aren’t counting the weekend because, well, weekends don’t count!).  He is so very excited.  We met his teacher and saw his new classroom this morning and he can’t wait for school to start.  Sending him to first grade is much easier than sending him to Kindergarten last year.  He is such a big guy and seems ready to navigate his little world.  It is time to get back into a daily routine, plan weekend adventures and start deciding where we will go for Fall break!

So today we say goodbye to summer.  Summer–you have been very good to us and we can’t wait to see you again next year!

The following pictures were taken on our road trip to Chincoteague Island, Virginia.  The kids were so excited to put their toes in the Atlantic and weren’t the least bit discouraged when they discovered the Atlantic Ocean is many degrees colder than our cozy, warm, bathwater-esque Gulf Coast.  I just love these pictures of them playing at the beach on the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

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Of all the pictures taken of my husband and I this summer, this my favorite:

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The Ponies of Chincoteague Island, Virginia

For as long as I can remember, Misty of Chincoteague has been one of my favorite books.  I was so excited, even as a grown adult, when we planned a trip to Chincoteague Island to see the wild ponies.

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And the not so wild ponies of Chincoteague Island:

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Steamers – Chincoteague Island, Virginia

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You have got to love a restaurant that has brown paper on the table and a full sized trash can next to it! 

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We chose Steamers on Chincoteague Island because it was within walking distance of our hotel, looked family friendly and boasted lots and lots of delicious seafood.  The restaurant was noisy and perfect for our group of nine.  If you can think of the seafood, they probably have it grilled or fried!  The kids were amazed by the All-You-Can-Eat trays that were coming out of the kitchen.  If you order all you can eat crabs, shrimp, etc, it all comes out on a cafeteria tray!  If you don’t like seafood, don’t worry because they also serve chicken, steak and seafood.  The sweet potato biscuits that come out as soon as you sit down are so tasty and sweet.  I am on a search to replicate the recipe.

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The clam chowder was good but the shrimp was absolutely delicious.  And yes…that is a bowl of butter sitting on top of it.

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We loved the fried scallops and oysters!  And the hush puppies…YUM!

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The prices are on the high side but are still reasonable.  We loved the restaurant so much that after a failed attempt to eat at another restaurant in town the next day, we headed straight back to Steamers!

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Chincoteague Island Family Vacation