Happy happy Tuesday, friends! I have a little weekend recap for you today 🙂 .
June 3rd had been on our calendar for a very long time as the official day for our family of 9 to travel from McKinney to Nantucket where we will park it for a bit this summer. Back in May, my parents, Andrew and I drove/flew our belongings and car up to the island to get our house settled, but this was the first time the kiddos would be going to see the house since October when we saw it for the very first time. Needless to say, we were excited 🙂 .
Here’s a little recap with, of course, a few hiccups thrown in for good measure. Below you’ll also find a breakfast, lunch and dinner rec on Nantucket, a fish market is mentioned, a little boat talk and dog travels. It’s a very full post 😉 .
Here we are on the plane heading from DFW to Boston. The Red Sox fans sat on one side of the aisle while…
…the Yankees sat on the other. Ashby doesn’t look excited, does she?
There were so many logistics leading up to leaving, but I won’t bore you with the details and instead just share a few. One, we had to find a driver to take us to the airport as we didn’t need to leave a vehicle there all summer. And then the second logistical situation was…
…last week, just days before leaving, the airline told us actually we couldn’t take all three dogs on the plane but only two. Even though we had booked our tickets with all three, apparently there was an issue with overbooking/couldn’t move any to the cargo area as our aircraft wasn’t pressurized/blah blah (only a certain amount can fly on each flight), so that sent us off in a scramble. We started by trying to rebook all 9 of us (six humans, 3 dogs), but at this late notice, there weren’t any flights anytime soon that could accommodate that, so we started asking people we knew and were directed to this amazing little family owned business of transporting dogs for you. They were so sweet and their reviews were so amazing that we reached out and connected with them. In my dog mama heart, I could not just send one sweet dog alone, so I decided to send two so that they had each other. Right this minute, as I type this, it’s Monday morning and this sweet couple is about here with Poppy and Yankee who have been on an adventure. They have stopped at dog parks, been on walks, and based on the photos we’ve been sent, been spoiled rotten by the couple that has them and are almost here to Nantucket.
Once I get my pups back today, I’ll post their specific contact info as it wasn’t much more to have them driven than it was to have them fly (geez, the airline does not make that cheap!), and based on what they told me, my 11 year old more anxious dog has done amazing, so all of that to say, only Frenchie flew with us to Boston, and she was A PRO!
We arrived in Boston, grabbed snacks and Starbucks to eat in the car as we made our way to baggage claim.
The lighting here was so good that I told my family we will be having our Christmas card photos taken in this spot at Logan International Airport. 😉
Off we all go!
This time of year, you can’t fly from DFW all the way to ACK on jets, so we had a car service pick us up at the airport and dive us to Hyannis to catch our 5:45 speed ferry over to Hyannis. This is me in the Boston tunnel asking my 13 year old son to take a selfie with me. He said, I can give you a thumbs up in a photo. I took it. I take what I can get at this point.
We arrived in Hyannis (it took us 1 hour and 45 minutes), and it was raining. And VERY WINDY. As soon as we arrived, the porters outside of the speed ferry said that the 4:30 ferry had just been cancelled due to high wind. So, Andrew took off walking towards the Steamship Authority to see if he could get us tickets on the slow ferry (over 2 hours) while I stayed around at the speed ferry waiting to see if they were going to cancel ours or not. In a span of about 5 minutes, Andrew called to say he got us tickets, but that it’s first come, first get on and at that point, he was in the very front of the line…and right when I hung up, they cancelled the speed ferry, so this VERY VERY VERY NICE GUY (I won’t say his name) that is a golf pro on the island who also needed then to try and get on the slow ferry helped me, my four kids, one dog and six suitcases IN THE RAIN walk to Andrew. I was so grateful for him!
Madeley’s face sums up my feelings. We were freezing, soaked and happy to have tickets on the slow ferry (if not, we would have had to spend the night in Hyannis and go the next morning). The big kids though were giving me all the sweet vibes 🙂 . Traveling to a small island thirty miles off the mainland in the Atlantic is not easy, but for us, it’s TOTALLY worth the adventure including…
…settling in for a long ride over.
Now this picture cracks me up because bless K’s heart (she has her mama’s stomach) and bless Mades’ heart (she has a lot of patience). What is typically a 2ish hour ferry ride became much longer for us because due to the high winds and 12+ foot waves, the boat was “tacking” on the way (which means instead of going straight, it was going side to side). Not once, not twice, but three times, the crew came around this small enclosed space where every single seat was filled AND people were standing (and if you had a car on board, they said you had to be sitting in it and not in the passenger area) with barf bags. And people were puking. I was watching grown men puke. You guys, me and the Lord WERE HAVING A MOMENT. Thankfully, no one in my family got sick, but truly when asked “what’s the key to not getting sick” (because I’m a person with a very sensitive stomach) my answer is always NEVER HAVE AN EMPTY STOMACH. It might sound counterintuitive, but it’s the key for me. I ate a HUGE bag of Cheez-Its with my eyes closed and it kept me from getting sick.
And then just like that, we made it 🙂 .
We headed straight to our house, dropped off our luggage and then went to one of our favorite restaurants, The Seagrille for our first dinner.
The only picture I have from this night is a selfie these two sent me. Geez, I love my crazy teens.
The next morning, we slept in a bit and then headed to another favorite spot…
…Island Kitchen for breakfast. Do your kids argue over who can take a better photo? Mine sure do. On this morning, Ashby really wanted to take a pic…and she did great 🙂 !
We had a very yummy breakfast before heading home to watch our church service online. After that, we finished unpacking…
…grabbed sandwiches and chips from Something Natural…
…and then while the big kids went to town, we took the littles to the ACK Meat & Fish Market for some grocery shopping.
This is one of those places that I’ve always wanted to visit but never really had a reason.
It was adorable! I’ve been following them on Instagram for a while, and it totally lived up to my expectations. They had a coffee bar, fresh sushi, all sorts of salads, pastas, wraps and sandwiches made daily…
…plus an incredible selection of fresh seafood. We bought scallops and cod…
…and the possibilities were endless, so we will DEFINITELY be back!
After this stop, we made our way to the Stop and Shop (the ‘big’ grocery store) where we bought everything we would need for the week and then headed home. It was a very lovely first 24 hours on Nantucket 🙂 .
One last thing, I want to be super transparent here and say…we had all the emotions leading up to departure day. What sounded like an amazing idea for an entire year started sounding super scary and intimidating to certain teens in my house. No one pushed more for this new chapter in our lives than said kiddos, but as June 3rd approached and the reality set in, they were nervous. Andrew and I kept saying (and would still say now) that if it sucks, we’ll sell it and write it off as one wild year, but we had so much peace and saw God open so many doors to this specific time and this specific summer, that we feel very sure we’re to be here right now. By the time we went to sleep that first night, both kids told us they were so happy we came and have only continued to say it more. Right this minute as I’m typing this, they’re both off on their bikes. Parenting is hard and even good things can be complicated. I just wanted to let you know if you’re doing something good but hard at your house too, I get it. It’s hard enough to keep my own emotions in check much less all the emotions of my kiddos, so this is just me saying, we’re doing something really crazy cool as a family right now, but it hasn’t been seamless.
Alright, I’m off to work now! I’ll see you all back here tomorrow! xx