I got butterflies when we turned onto her street, and I couldn't restrain a smile as we pulled into her gravel driveway. We walked through the old familiar front door and my heart leapt. We were welcomed by my hilarious Uncle Bill, and a million hugs from cousins and new cousins in-law.
And seafood, you guys! Nobody knows how to do a seafood fest like the Kennedy's! We had Uncle Bill's famous crab cakes, an amazing crab bisque, and more old bay crab legs that we could even manage to eat. Rae ran around while we pulled out the candy and cards and started a long game of May I.
I feel like (warning: i can tell this is going to sound so cheesy, so brace yourself) I was stepping into some of my very favorite memories, but as I write about it now, I see that we were making new favorite memories as well. We laughed and teased and caught up with each other all night. Going to bed that night, I couldn't wipe the smile off my face. Not only did I get to step back into one of my favorite places, but I got to bring my little family too, and that was just the icing on the cake.
We played ski-ball, checked out the Hermit Crabs (I almost wanted to buy one, just for old times sake), watched the waves, and walked through the rides. At the end, we shared a piece of Joe's pizza, which I've been dreaming (literally) about for years. It was as good as I remembered!
We spent the rest of our time eating the best food, playing games, taking drives, going to more beaches, and sneaking dig deep, rita's ice custards, and skinny cow ice cream sandwiches. And that Aunt Nancy, I'll tell ya what. They don't come aaaaannnnnny better!