Ocean City, a diary in pictures

Where my blog becomes Uncle Ned’s Vacation Pictures Slideshow…except you can click away…but you will miss the cute…I’m just saying…

Trust me, this place isn’t just beautiful sunsets, ocean views, bay views, teacup rides with cute Jersey boys, Ferris Wheels, crazy humidified hair, henna tattoos and ballerinas dancing in the sand and crabs that I never had a chance to really enjoy because my circus clowns are Philistines refusing to even try the local fare…like crabs. It is so much more.

Where we stayed, we really could pretty much walk anywhere…if one was not handicapped with a walking cast…or really wanted to walk. Me, I wanted to walk everywhere. I secretly envied every single early morning jogger and runner I saw. Walking or not, Ocean City is a pretty easy place to get around where one can enjoy

Jolly Rogers

with giant slides

and climb-y things

little roller coasters

and big ones too…and bumper cars…and so many other rides…and dippin’ dots…and funnel cake.

There were rainy days on the boardwalk…

Three miles of boardwalk

with a piercing parlor, henna tattoo kiosks, t-shirt store and a Sunsations about every 25 feet or so..

and art…

all kinds of art.

There were early morning boat rides…

on the Atlantic Ocean with dolphins all around…

but no sharks.

Thank goodness for that.

Because, at last! Finally, a perfect day for the beach…no dancing, dance team gatherings or babysitting, no rain or thunder and lightning…finally!

Hurray! I might have taken the boot off. How else do you think I could get out there?

Sure I’ll pay for taking the boot off later but it was so worth it.

Because there was the ocean to play in…

and sandcastles to build with a new friend, Sally, by the seashore.

priceless Bella Vista days

Home at last and after Jodie’s lost, er, delayed bag, that giant, black with giant white polka dots all over bag that can easily hold Hazel and a week of clothes for her, was found more than 24 hours after we PAID for the baggage handlers of AirTran to properly, safely handle our bags, we can finally rest.

Amazing that long, drawn out sentence didn’t wear me (or anyone else) out.

But yes, we are home, a little bit sun-kissed, a lot tired and hearts full of happy, wonderful, priceless memories made in Ocean City.. If you are looking for a sweet vacation condo with gorgeous bay side and ocean views and close to everything on the island check out Bella Vista. I promise you that you will not be disappointed.

Also, here is some GREAT advice for planning a beach vacation and renting a beach house or condo.

Fair warning, more priceless memories to come…

after we catch up on some sleep.

because it just isn’t dance nationals without getting tattoos

We got some done.

Okay, they were henna tattoos but we still got inked. Because we have to give the PTA moms something to talk about when school starts in less than two weeks!


What a week it has been here in Ocean City, Maryland! Yes, we are sad to say goodbye but we miss our darling husbands, son, daughters and daddies so much…plus those jobs of ours…and school…back to reality I guess.

California, here we come!


summer fling don’t mean a thing

You can’t ride the teacups solo. You just can not. Well, unless you don’t WANT to spin around in the spinning teacups ride which in that case why are you even on the spinning teacups ride?


But yes, you can’t ride the teacups ride solo. Hazel knows this. But her mommy can’t ride spinning rides…she is so much my darling husband’s daughter. As the parent designated to ride the spinning rides with our circus clowns, I was more than happy to ride the spinning teacups ride with Hazel.


she didn’t WANT to ride with her Mima.

Fine. Reject your Mima!

But you see there was Dominick. Dominick was in line for the teacup ride too and didn’t want to ride with his Dad OR his Mommy and definitely not with his baby brother sleeping in the stroller. So here’s a great idea…why not Hazel and Dominick ride the teacups together? Dominick’s Dad and I thought this would be a great idea. Dominick and Hazel both shrugged trying to convince us that they didn’t really care. Then they got into the waiting teacup together.

People this is how summer flings begin.

Reluctant as they might have appeared in the beginning, soon enough Hazel and Dominick were soon laughing together and squealing with delight. And then, much too soon, the ride and their little summer fling came to an end as they both disembarked, hugged and thanked each other for the ride. Dominick and his family went their way and we headed our way looking for the next ride at Jolly Roger Amusement Park here in Ocean City.

Just making memories…lots of summer memories here in Ocean City because school (kindergarten) starts in just, oh my glob, TWO WEEKS!!!