Vacation Superlatives: 2014

We’re wrapping up a week of vacation-y posts, highlighting our adventures (and misadventures) in Bethany Beach earlier this fall. Just stopping in now? Check out seven beachy things that can be an easy DIY back at home here and a video montage of our trip here. To bring it all home today, we’re putting a spotlight on the best and worst parts of the trip. Soooooo, without further ado, I bring you our Vacation Superlatives of 2014!

Coolest Antique Store: The Pelican Loft, located on the Rehoboth boardwalk. This place was awesome. Think cool, vintage-y things for reasonable prices. A novel idea, I know. They had a great mix of antiques and modern decor. You can see some of the things we saw in this post, but I couldn’t resist grabbing a shot of what was probably the first ever penny board. Shout out to all you Ocean Grovers… you know who you are.Vacation 210

Most Allergic: Mitch- to the horses we rode! It was his first time riding a horse (apart from carnivals) and even though it was an awesome two hour ride, Mitch ended up with red, itchy, puffy eyes. I don’t have a picture of the goods- you’ll just have to take my word for it… it was bad. Even with all that though, Mitch still said he enjoyed the ride and is glad he went. What a trooper.

Best “Beachy” Store: Sea Level in Bethany Beach. Remember that sentiment about wishing I had a beach house so that I could fill it with shells and driftwood? Well, this store might have fueled that fire…

Vacation 078The great part about this store was that there was something for everyone- they had sea shells for $3 and mirrors for $250. It was nice to see such a great variety of items.beachy stuff from Sea LEve

Biggest Let-Down: Not getting to go parasailing. It was suuuuuper expensive and closed down for the season. Bummer.

Largest Crowds: The Delmarva Bike Week was happening and I can say with confidence that I’ve never seen so many motorcycles in one place in all my life.

Largest Chair: This HUGE Adirondack in front of Justin’s Beach House… after hunting for a photo of it online (I forgot to take one of my own), I found the story behind this house and it’s pretty incredible. Check out that link above to read more about it.biggest chair

Biggest Regret: Not buying a $7 watercolor from a local vendor. It was a tiny, beautiful picture of a sailboat, but I didn’t want to spend $7 on a printed copy of the original. The vendor wasn’t budging, so I went on my merry way but am since regretting not getting the pretty keepsake.

Most Random Landmark: This totem pole, sitting right in the center of town. I wonder if there’s a story to it… if anything, it was incredibly helpful in navigating around town our first few days.Vacation 069Best Deal: Renting bikes for $5/hr. We spent two hours riding around town (and got yelled at by some grumpy people for riding on the boardwalk) our second day and it was one of the highlights of our trip. We rented the bikes from a Bike Shop located in the Marketplace at Sea Colony on Sea Coastal Highway (Rt. 1). They don’t have a website, but the owner was so friendly, they had a lot of rentals (boogie boards, umbrellas, etc.), and the price was definitely right. We highly recommend.Vacation 062Most Educational: Leslie learning how to play tennis.Vacation 022Worst Tennis Player: Leslie. I’ll spare you a picture of me and give you a shot of this previous tennis player back in action…Vacation 020Most Relaxing: Reading on the front porch. Ahhh to have the time to read for fun… sounds like vacation to me!Vacation 011Best Muscles: Mitch holding up this shirt:Vacation 046Cutest Breakfast:These smiley “homemade” waffles…Vacation 055Best Breakfast: The Kool Bean Bistro… I had an AWESOME pumpkin waffle. Yumm! Oh, and their style/decor… so fun. Just check out this fireplace/chalkboard combo that greets you as you walk in:Vacation 221

And this is where I leave you, folks… the best and worst of Thomas Family Vaca 2014. Have a great weekend and we’ll see you next week!

-Leslie

Thomas Family Vacation!

Hey there! As previously stated (here and here), we took off early last month for a family vacation to Bethany beach, DE. Mitch’s uncle very graciously lent us his beach house for the week, so we packed our bags and headed out on a road trip to Delaware! Vacation 100This vacation was awesome- we relaxed, slept in, went on adventures, the whole bit. I won’t bore you with the play by play, but I do have that video montage I promised. Excuse my amateur editing skills- you’ll be happy to know that Windows Movie Maker and I are back on good terms. If anything, I had a lot of fun learning how to piece it all together. Vacation 200Before you watch, here are some highlights you’ll want to look out for:

  • A Totem Pole cameo
  • A view from atop a horse (!!!)
  • The horses’ names that had us laughing
  • Mitch does one of his famous “moves” (if you know him, you’ll know what I’m talking about… happens around 3:35)
  • No, we never made it to the beach on Sunday… Mitch won that battle.

And with that, here is our 6 day vacation in 7 minutes and 34 seconds. Enjoy!

Tomorrow, we’ll be back with our 2014 Vacation Superlatives- the best and worst of the trip… get pumped. Have a great day!

-Leslie

Thrill of the Week: Coolest Candle Award

To wrap up our world culture week, I’m spotlighting one of the coolest decorations we own. And it is an India original!candleFor those of you scratching your head (“should I know what that is???”), it is a candle holder made of carved stone. The idea is to put a candle inside and the light is reflected through the carving, creating beautiful shadows in the room. I’m telling you, this piece is mesmerizing!

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Just like most things around here at Oh, the Fun, it comes with a story… when in India, we stopped by the shop of a few stone carvers (this was on the second leg of our journey, in Mahabalipuram… yeah, say that three times fast). They all make amazing things, with such intricate carvings!

IndiaI fell in love with the handmade candle holders and decided to buy a medium/large one for my mom and give it to her for her birthday. Sometimes I feel so lame about the presents I give and I figured that this would actually be a really cool gift. And then, of course, I had to have one myself, so I treated Mitch and I to a smaller one. Fast forward a couple months (and that loooooong plane ride home) to my mom’s birthday- she loved it! And not but a day or so later did it roll off the bed onto the (carpeted!) floor and break into tiny pieces… I now know where I get this from. She was really bummed and I was sad that she no longer had the pretty piece. So I gave her mine, of course!

Fast forward about six MORE months… for MY birthday, the wonderful Reindel family (with whom I went to India with and who knew the whole story) gifted me with another one! I was thrilled and have been loving it ever since. There is really good news here: Although we got the originals from India (hence the reason that it was such a bummer that it broke!), the Reindels were able to find my new gift in 10,000 Villages (a store that showcases multiple artisans from various countries). So, if you were hoping for a lucky break, there it is! Hankering to add some Indian flavor to your space? 10,000 Villages is your solution! And let me tell you, this is a sure-fire way to add instant character to your house/apartment/dorm (and if you can’t burn real candles where you live, the Dollar Tree sells battery operated tea lights that flicker like real candles!).wreath and candle 054It is gorgeous in the day time and acts as a really neat piece of art all by itself. We have it sitting on our dresser in our bedroom and it pairs nicely with the Precious Moments figurine and picture frame.

wreath and candle 058Coolest part alert: When wet, the colors of the stone come to life and it turns from gray to beautiful reds and pinks.Candle Candle

Oh, and did you think it was great with the lights on? Let me just show you what some darkness and a bit of candle light do to this little one…CandleAwesome, I know. With that, I’ll leave you with one final picture to drool over. Don’t worry, I’m drooling as I upload them- you’re not alone.

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Are you dreaming of your next adventure abroad yet? After this week of imaginary travel, I know I am… and I’m also interested in knowing: have you ever traveled anywhere that changed your perspective on life? Do tell!

Oh, the fun of adventuring 🙂

-Leslie