Feelin’ Crabby

May 25, 2012


Fun filled day in the sun!! We had a little issue with the weather around 3pm that caused us to pack up and go inside and hit the hot tub! [It’s only 100* and I didn’t stay in very long.] But the sun came out and we were really lucky to avoid the rain!

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Lots of bocci

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Check out Matt’s back surgery scar. He had a spinal fusion when he was 22 due to a genetic protruding disc that both Karen and Gran Bet also had.

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Stylin’ Karen

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Cocktail hour

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The boys eventually hit the waves, but we watched a rescue in a riptide (thankfully the man was OK) so I’m not going in the ocean until she calms down a bit.


Silly boys



My shower at 5:30 felt soooo good!!



Check out photo #3 – that’s the catfish / trout face and it is accompanied by the worst vocal sound EVER. We’ve been doing it for years and years.





For cocktail hour we had an amazing cheddar cheese tasting that Karen brought from Feast! in Cville.


Accompanied by crackers


And four types of white wine to pair with them (sniff)


Plus buttery clams!!


And a sunset!


It was mom and dad’s night to cook and they put on a seafood feast – crabs, shrimp, potato salad and cole slaw




I made my way through one crab and I think the Matts ate about 20 between the two of them!





Dessert… vanilla bean ice cream with toppings!!! Plus the last of the cookie cake.


Havin’ a great time!

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1 kristen @ verbs and vignettes May 25, 2012 at 9:15 pm

does anyone else think Matt and Matt(?) look like they could be brothers?? I was so confused when I saw him on the blog for the first time. brothers… and sisters…? haha. love the photo ops. I always realize what a better scrapbook I come up with when I’m taking photos to blog.


2 KathEats May 25, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Yes, lots of people do think so :) Coincidence??!


3 Jen May 26, 2012 at 10:12 am

What are the age differences between you and your sister and the two Matts?


4 Ann May 25, 2012 at 9:53 pm

AGREED x 1000000000


5 Emily Petersen May 25, 2012 at 10:11 pm

I was gonna ask the same thing!! i thought maybe thats why your matt and other matts mom comes too (karen??) bc they were brothers.. haha..


6 [email protected] for the Soul May 26, 2012 at 12:33 pm

omgsh omgsh! ahahha! I was thinking the sammmmmme thing! I think it’s their face shape, hair, etc. 😛

And you guys look like you’re having such a beautiful time together! Me wants those crabs and clams~seafood is my fave! And Karen looks so pretty in that cute polka dot swimsuit! Make sure you let her know 😀


7 Lorin May 26, 2012 at 6:34 pm

I thought they were brothers too.. ha 😉


8 lynn @ the actor's diet May 25, 2012 at 9:30 pm

love that your family takes turns cooking…i remember that from years ago when i first started reading your blog.


9 Khushboo May 25, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Great photos and your parents put up quite the spread :)


10 Sana May 25, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Your family vacations always look like so much fun!


11 Ann May 25, 2012 at 9:52 pm

I LOVE the sister pics. Especially the catfish face one – that’s the kind of pics my sis and I take, LOL! Also, nice scar Matt – I had the exact same surgery at 19!!!!!

Looks like a great vacation.


12 Pamela May 25, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Waving at you from Wilmington. Beautiful photos. Riptide warnings all weekend – Be careful!
P.S. I am a midwife – if you have any prego needs while you are here :)


13 KathEats May 25, 2012 at 9:59 pm

:) I hope I won’t, but thanks for letting me know just in case!


14 christina.vd May 25, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Karen is stylin’ indeed. She always looks so lovely and classy.


15 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More May 25, 2012 at 10:08 pm

The pictures of both the Matt’s are super adorable! Looks like you’re all having a great time. :)


16 Aimee May 25, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Ahh, that seafood looks so good! I love it so much that your family & Karen are such great friends. I can’t imagine my in-laws ever vacationing with my parents– two different worlds! No mentioning margaritas around the MIL, whereas my mama’s the one mixing them up! 😉


17 Sarah (I Dream of Beets) May 25, 2012 at 10:32 pm

I love the blues of the ocean, the sky, and your and your sister’s shirts. So summery. I am going crabbing in Oregon in September, but that’s the next time I’ll get to see an ocean. Le sigh.


18 Elisabeth May 25, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Looks like a fabulous meal at the beach! You all took a bunch of cute pictures, but that one of Matt & Karen is especially sweet 😉


19 Sally May 25, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Karen, so cute! :)


20 Silvia @ skinny jeans food May 25, 2012 at 10:42 pm

You guys’ve been through a lot in the last year: cancer, baby on the way, an engagement. Glad to see you are all relishing life!


21 Shannon May 25, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Love your beach cover-up! That seafood feast looks wonderful!


22 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats May 25, 2012 at 11:20 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever eaten crab out of a shell! I need to remedy this…


23 Averie @ Averie Cooks May 26, 2012 at 12:02 am

Amazing pics. I want to be there! Fri nites at Blue Water or Oceanic were our thing. Followed up by many bars and much bar-hopping. Thank you for these posts, Kath. It’s so nostalgic for me to see!


24 Sarah May 26, 2012 at 12:08 am

Happy Vacation! Hope you are enjoying every second!


25 Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See May 26, 2012 at 12:39 am

That first picture of the beach is gorgeous!!! The crab and seafood feast also looks uhhhhhhhhhmazing. Sorry you couldn’t enjoy the wine, but soon !! :)


26 Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 26, 2012 at 12:41 am

simply splendid! the whole day!!!


27 Karen May 26, 2012 at 6:45 am

Gorgeous beach photos…you always capture group gatherings/events so well! I’d book you as a photographer if I had a big bash on the horizon. Makes me want to instantly book a trip to the Carolina beaches. Especially admire the soon to be brother in law love between the Matt twins! Glad you’re keeping yourself sun protected…the right message/reminder for us all! Karen looks as stylish and lovely lounging on the beach, as always – love her cover-up. xo


28 Laura May 26, 2012 at 6:45 am

Wow, what a beautiful post! The shots are amazing, and so is your family closeness. LOVE IT! Makes me miss my family. We’re scattered around the country this holiday weekend.


29 Kelly May 26, 2012 at 7:11 am

Gosh….this just sounds like the perfect day. Makes me so happy to read about how close you are with your family and how well you get along! It feels weird to say but I am so excited for you and Matt and the eventual new addition. You guys will make fabulous parents!


30 Jennifer May 26, 2012 at 7:14 am

I think the “Matts” look alike, too. Your parents will now have two SIL’s named Matt. :)

I also think you look so much like your dad and your sister like your mom.

Your vacation looks amazing so far. Is the beach always that empty? That’s awesome. A regular public beach would be a zoo.

Hope you have a wonderful Saturday.


31 Karlee May 26, 2012 at 7:25 am

looks like so much fun, nothing beats the beach with your family! can’t wait to be at the beach in a week with all 40 of mine : )


32 Alyssa (pb and oatmeal) May 26, 2012 at 7:29 am

I’m so jealous! Looks beautiful there!


33 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles May 26, 2012 at 7:57 am

Oh my gosh…cheese and wine! My fave! Then you top it off with a seafood fest…you are killing me! Then ice cream…heaven! You guys truly know how to enjoy yourselves! Sante!


34 Hillary May 26, 2012 at 8:20 am

Beach, seafood, cheese? This is literally my dream vacation!


35 Nicole May 26, 2012 at 8:42 am

Does your house have an outside shower? That’s one of the things I’m looking forward to the most when we get to our Carolina beach house tomorrow….LOVE outside showers :)


36 Ash Bear May 26, 2012 at 8:50 am

Oh my gosh Bo and I are drooling over those crabs! I miss Southern seafood so much! :( I love that you and your family have this tradition every year! So fun! Congrats to Larbs!


37 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner May 26, 2012 at 9:15 am

Everything looks gorgeous! I am so jealous.


38 Ashley @ Coffee, Cake and Cardio May 26, 2012 at 9:32 am

What a fantastic day with your families!


39 Ma Fea May 26, 2012 at 9:42 am

I gotta say, you folks know how to celebrate being together! That’s an incredible feast, and you all look so happy together. Makes me smile (and drool). Thanks for sharing with us.


40 LY O-Town May 26, 2012 at 9:45 am

What a spread! I want to vacation with your families…is that weird?! 😉


41 kristinichole May 26, 2012 at 9:49 am

where did you buy your beachy cover-up? the prettiest colors…

the seafood feast looks amazing! can’t wait to see what you and Matt cook up when its your turn!


42 KathEats May 26, 2012 at 9:57 am

Old Navy!


43 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count May 26, 2012 at 10:29 am

Great photos and the is Quite a feast!!


44 Molly @ RDexposed May 26, 2012 at 11:01 am

You guys could run a b & b! The basil wheat would be your niche!


45 Susan May 26, 2012 at 11:15 am

Great vacation photos. I feel as if I am there, too! Have a blast!


46 Amanda May 26, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Wow it looks like you are getting all the greatness of a beach trip in for sure! The seafood looks delicious and I love the cheese tasting idea. Very clever and it’s always fun to incorporate pieces of home while on vaca!


47 Annette @FitnessPerks May 26, 2012 at 12:54 pm

WOW! Fun! I love all the photos. You all look like you’re having a blast :)


48 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama May 26, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I’m drooling for the seafood spread! Yum! Also insanely envious of the beautiful beach. Enjoy!


49 Kelly May 26, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Wow, the seafood! I’ve never been to such a spread, must be fresh from that side of the country! I live in the midwest, so we don’t get such great seafood unless we really PAY for it! Enjoy, me loves some crab!


50 Jane May 26, 2012 at 3:10 pm

You all really know how to do it up right! I am loving living vicariously through you, I haven’t been to the beach in 6+ years, so this is just amazing! Also, I just tried honey on my salad and loved it! Looks like a great vacation. :)


51 Amy May 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Those crabs look delicious!!! I hope to be having some this weekend also!!! Hope the weather holds out for you guys!


52 Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana May 26, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Wow, looks like such a fun time…that sky is so blue! I’m missing wine too…but it’s for a good cause :)


53 robin May 26, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Thats a heck of a hard surgery Matt went thru. Its so funny that the two Matts could pass as brothers. Karens always stylin! And Mom and Dad nice food spread, mmmm.


54 lee May 26, 2012 at 9:48 pm

I think it’s so neat the way your and Matt’s families vacation together…especially the way your vacation includes such a fun shared love for food. =)


55 Angel7 May 26, 2012 at 10:12 pm

You look so cute with your little baby bump :)

Yummy food for the foodies :) Everyday seems like it is filled with great food!



56 Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac May 29, 2012 at 1:00 pm

You and Larbs look so gorgeous in your blues!


57 Hope May 29, 2012 at 2:06 pm

YUM. We had crabs this weekend, too.

But we don’t eat them on a plate. I’ve never seen anyone eat crabs at a table that was set so pretty. It’s usually just brown paper or newspaper!


58 Heidi - Apples Under My Bed May 29, 2012 at 10:42 pm

gorgeous pics :)
Heidi xo


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