Tuesday, April 10, 2012

just like my dad taught me

When I was growing up, one of my dad's hobbies was crabbing.
Summertime in NJ was peak time to buy chicken necks, set it as bait inside the crab nets (they were technically cages, but Dad called them nets), and then hope the crabs were biting. 

Dad taught us all the art of crabbing and we all love it to this day.

Spring break for us this year was all about going to the beach at Edisto Island, South Carolina, with the hope of crabbing maybe once. Austin found some crab traps on eBay and I bought them. 

On day two, I took him crabbing for the first time. We caught 1 blue crab which was too small so we threw it back. It's body has to be a minimum of 5 inches.
Austin got the crabbing bug, nonetheless, so we went back day after day.

There is great joy in the catch. When you pull that trap up from the bottom of the water, snap it closed quickly as you begin to pull, you anxiously await whether or not a big enough crab will be accompanying your chicken neck. 

Another very sneaky method of crabbing is using a drop line. You put more of your chicken at the end of a line, drop it down in the water, and a few minutes later you slowly pull it up. A second person is waiting with a scoop net already at the surface of the water to scoop up any greedy crab that is being tugged while munching away. Much to its dismay he is sitting in a net not knowing what just happened. You then drop him in a bucket to bring home a little later.

We were somewhat successful throughout the week catching 9 blue crabs, 5 stone crabs, and 5 shrimp. We waited until we got back to Michigan to cook it all up Bobby D style- he always made spaghetti and crabs.

That's what we did last night. 
The girls and I are not lovers of seafood, but I did enjoy a little of it. 

The men in the family were blissfully happy at the dinner table cracking away at crab legs and building a personal pile of crab debris to be cleaned up later.

Edisto Island was wonderful in many ways. More pictures and stories to come of our family's spring break 2012. 

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Fun Family Traditions at Easter

We got home from our trip at 4 in the morning Saturday. 
We were just in time for a weekend of some Easter fun and settling back in before the beginning of a new week.

Bye-bye Paas, hello McCormick neon food coloring!
Our eggs turned out beautifully. 

The kids were having a lot of fun experimenting with all the new colors.

After going to church at the early service, we came home and hid the eggs.

You're never too old to hunt those eggs, either. Austin made sure to ask us not to put it on Faceb*ok, but he failed to mention my blog. :)
He scaled the front porch railing in search of the most eggs. Actually we put a cap on them (3 real, 10 small plastic, and 1 large plastic).

Good find, Grant.

I think you found one, Cooper.

We were all gathered around trying to figure out if anyone was missing any of their eggs.

Braaten said she likes searching around the pool.

It looks like Melanie had a similar idea.

It was time to see what was in the eggs. Each of the big eggs had some cash in it for fun. One of them had the biggest amount we've ever put in. The only problem with that is the other 4 children that did not get the prized egg felt badly. They were really good sports actually.
The big winner was... Austin!

And at the end of all the fun, we enjoyed baked ham, cheesy potatoes, heavenly eggs, and some salad.

I hope your Easter was blessed.

The Lord is Risen!

Happy Easter!
 What a glorious day of celebration of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and how He conquered death. 

In the words of my pastor, Pastor James, "Many have died for good causes, but only One rose again. Jesus Christ."

Lord, thank you for choosing me to know you personally. 
I am humbled and ever grateful for your infinite grace and mercy.

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