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A Plum Island Recap

July 20, 2010

Before you read this post you should probably check out:  As I mentioned before, this year was probably going to be different…but let’s see how we did on the checklist:

1.  Catch fish.  Nope.  But we did (or Andrew did try).  He tried from the shore, from the Kayak, but the fish just weren’t biting.  But no one caught a fish – so we didn’t feel so bad.  It wasn’t the right timing…right!

2.  Kayak.  Check!  Nothing too long, but we both managed to get out in the kayak…and at the same time amazingly enough.  Maya on the other hand…still hates the Kayak, but she did take a trip in the boat (while dad pushed it along the shore).

3.  Football.  Nope!  As we drove away from the Island Andrew says…I never through a football…dough!

4.  Swimming.  Check!  All of us took more than one dip, it was hot enough after all!  Maya even went under…when dad dipped her.  Some crying, but not too bad!  She loved the surf though, in & out, in & out.

5.  Bait shop.  Of course, we had to TRY to catch the fish!

6.  Walk/Run – well, not to the open ocean, but there were LOTS of EARLY morning walks this year.  Mostly because we had to get Maya out of the house before she woke everybody up!  They were really nice walks actually, peaceful, too early, but peaceful.  And we did discover the rush hour on Plum Island does exist…it’s not quite Boston, but around 8am there’s a significant exodus during the week.

7.  Eating.  Seriously, it’s us – there was LOTS of eating!

8.  Fireworks.  Yup!  Rob had a few & so did Grandpa Bob.  There was a small incident where Grandpa Bob almost lost an eyebrow, but we’ve all recovered.

9.  Play Games.  Definitely!  It was a Bananagrams year, not sure anything else was played…it was perfect!  If you don’t own this game – you should!

10.  Adventure.  I know you’ve been waiting for the good stuff and this year was not without it!  First we lost Lily (9) for some time, everyone looking for her.  I knew she went around the corner but she was no where to be found.  Of course we found her, but not without an all out search!  Then there was Julia (13) – she was an adventure in herself.  A total teenager!  I went bathing suit shopping with her & her mom…let’s just say I’m glad they’re both still speaking.

Liz: ‘no way – too skimpy’

Julia: ‘mom – you don’t understand’

Liz: ‘you’re 13’

Julia: ‘all the other girls wear this’

Liz: ‘you’re not wearing it, too skimpy’

Julia: Meltdown in the dressing room.

My future flashed before my eyes!  Now that was an adventure!  They did however, work out a compromise which, I was impressed with…but note to self – no more shopping trips with a 13 year old & her mother!

There were a few additions to the list this year that may have to be there for next year.

  • Dog.  Daisy the dog was with us and turned out to be a HUGE hit!  Maya even sounded like she was saying Daisy.  The week was full of ‘uh uhs’.
  • Birthdays.  Plum Island is a pretty great place to celebrate a birthday.
  • Sand bar.  I had never seen it before, but there’s a sand bar that people spend time on at low tide.  We took a quick trip this year…but next year, we’re going for longer!
  • Sunset.  Don’t know how I left this off the original list, but you MUST see the PI sunset and take pictures at LEAST once, but usually many times when you’re there!!

All in all it was a good year at PI!  We’re already looking forward to next year!

At the Minihaha

See ya mom! Teddy & I are hitting the beach!

Burying dad!

Relaxing w/ Cousins

Boat Ride!

Plum Tired!


Happy 1st Birthday Maya!

July 19, 2010

Written July 18th.

She’s ONE!  Can you believe it?  I know I can’t.  We started counting in days, then months and now…years?!  While I always felt like the months dragged by, always waiting for the next exciting milestone, I cannot believe how quickly a YEAR went!  Maya has done so much over this last year it’s incredible.  Watching her learn & grow has been so exciting, and sharing everything we love with her has been just as fun.

This week we shared Plum Island with her and celebrated her 1 year while we were there.  We had mostly family get together (given the size of our families), we had sun, beach, food, cake…what more could a girl ask for?!  There are lots of great photos from this day – but here are a few highlights:

Maya's favorite food is watermelon!

 Strawberry cake with vanilla frosting!

The dress

 The dress didn’t last more than 5 minutes!

The suit

 The hat lasted about 2 seconds – just long enough for the photo…the suit lasted longer!


 Dad’s guitar gift was a huge hit!


Maya wasn’t so into the cake – eating it I mean…but playing in it was fun!

Family Photo

Finally a family photo from the actual birthday day.  She’s changed so much from the last year’s family photo…she just gets better & better!  Happy 1st Birthday Maya!  I hope it was a good one!


Family day @ Plum Island

July 13, 2010





With all that’s going on this week it was decided that the Barry family would spend today at PI.  All the kids and grandkids together.  Gramps would have loved to see us all together spending time in a favorite place.

So far we have enjoyed everything about the day.  Maya is loving the beach, obviously.  She may never get clean again!  We went for a nice morning walk with Daisy the dog (not ours) while everyone slept in.  We’ve been swimming, well Andrew has anyway…the water is freezing.  We went for a kayak while Maya took a good nap (probably her only one for the day).  Now I’ve convinced the nieces to bild a huge castle for Sam & Maya to knock down when they wake up.

Though we’ll all have to leave tomorrow for the wake…it’s been a nice family day.  We know bd (gramps) is making the sun shine down on us today!


Plum Island prep…

July 12, 2010

It’s that time of year…PLUM ISLAND!  You can learn all about our PI adventures here:  This year though…we’ll have Maya!  It’s going to be different there’s no doubt, but Andrew will still try to complete everything on this list I’m sure…with Maya in tow of course!

Now it’s packing time.  What to bring for a week at the little house for everyone…everything!  Packing is tricky, Andrew has lists (none of which include necessities of course).  And I have multiple lists!  My uncle Kevin is an excellent list maker.  I wish I had enlisted him to help us out here.  He has a perfect list for everything.  With a kid now I’m starting to see the real potential in these detailed lists.  To give you an idea of the difference between my list & Andrew’s it goes something like this:

Andrew: Fishing poles
Me: Food for Maya
Andrew: Headlamps
Me: sunblock and sun shade
Andrew: Kayaks
Me: bed for Maya, Pillows etc…

It goes on like this for while.  Andrew gets all the fun stuff – I get all the boring stuff.  But such is life.  At least he takes on the task of getting it all into the car (that has no air conditioning).  It will be a true geometry exercise.  I’m just hoping that the things that ultimately get left (there’s bound to be something that doesn’t fit) aren’t on my list!

There are stores for us to get anything we need of course, but given that we can’t leave the house once we get there…we have to make sure we have it all.  This year we’ll also be celebrating Maya’s 1st birthday on the island.  There will be more to come on that later.  But all in all it will be an adventure.  Maya’s sleeping habits aren’t the best so I’m hoping she doesn’t keep everyone awake all night.  Fingers crossed this adventure goes as best it can!  I won’t be able to post from there I don’t think…but I’ll keep track of all the stories for you & recount when we get back!

Anyone out there have favorite kid travelling stories?  Wish us luck!

Plum Island on my Due Date 7/4/2009

Side note – this time last year I was VERY pregnant!  And was at PI a week after my due date. too..I never thought it would happen!  This year will hopefully be more comfortable!


Wow – it’s been a while!

June 11, 2010

When I look back at my blog I cannot believe how long it has been since I last posted!  So much has gone on since that last Birthday it’s hard to know where to start.  But I’d definitely like to start to blog again.  Life as a Barry has kept me on my toes and having a place to put random thoughts sounds great!  So to catch up from…well, 2 years ago here’s what’s gone on…

While in Australia I suffered a miscarriage, it was difficult & sad, but was likely the reason I stopped blogging for the most part.  What I learned from this experience was that it happens to more people than I ever imagined.  I found plenty of support & although we think about ‘the pea’ and our initial excitement every now and again, we grieved and continue on.

In October 2008 I found out I was pregnant again, and this time it stuck!  The due date was July 4th, 2009.  Pregnancy was pretty good to me overall.  I was queasy all day long in the beginning and struggled with what I can only call a slight form of depression.  But once the first tri-mester ended, I started to feel great & it lasted to the end…the VERY end!  More on that later…

In the mean time it was time to move out of our itty bitty apartment in Concord & find a house.  After LOTS of looking in a variety of towns…we found a home that was just right for us back in Andrew’s hometown of Chelmsford.  We put our agent through the ringer, but couldn’t be happier with our new house.  Andrew & our families got to work painting, cleaning and getting us moved in February.  I was pretty useless given my pregnant state…but I’ve never run so many errands in my life!

Fast forward to July 2009 – the official ‘waiting’ begins.  I was in & out of the doctor’s office for all of my regular visits…only to walk out with – nothing.  No movement, no progression nothing.  On my due date we were at Plum Island for the 4th of July & I was big.  I thought there was no way I would be back there the next weekend…WRONG!

July 15th – my 30th birthday rolls around, NO WAY was I going to still be pregnant…WRONG!  I was VERY pregnant when we celebrated at an Irish pub.  Two weeks late & it was time to ‘evict’ the kid!  After a day in the hospital for one drug and getting sent home, we went back on the 17th for pitocin.  After starting at 7am the contractions only got stronger & stronger.  By 4pm I was ALL DONE I was ready for an epidural and it was was my BEST friend!  My family came to visit around 5:30pm beccause they just couldn’t wait any longer.  Not long after they came in my water broke…with everyone in the room, the look on my uncle’s face was priceless.  But we stil had a ways to go.  There was more waiting, lots of clicking on the epidural button.  Sometime in the middle of the night I was ready to push.  20 minutes of pushing and FINALLY at 3:11am Maya Carmody Barry arrived!  9lbs 15oz small!  (I maintain she had a small head & therefore the pushing wasn’t so bad).  I was SHOCKED she was a girl.  Everyone thought we were having a boy…so I thought so too…but she suprised us, as she continues to do every day.

Now we’re coming up on Maya’s 1st birthday & I can’t believe it. The last year has been a blur of exhaustion & greatness.  I’m looking forward to keeping up on all of the firsts, seconds and beyond here, and only hope I can keep up better than I have in the past!

So – if you’re bored and looking for some entertainment, that’s what I hope this blog will be for you.  There’s never a dull moment in this house…hold on to your hats!!


Plum Island

August 19, 2008

Every year we look forward to spending time at Plum Island. Andrew has already started thinking about Plum Island 2009 and it’s August 2008. He just loves the place. We get to spend time relaxing with his family at the Minihaha (Laughing Waters). That’s the name of the house. No idea where it came from, but I’m sure someone knows…most likely Nana. It’s a great little place right at the end of the island. It’s on the water at the mouth of the river which means good swimming and a nice big beach at low tide. And of course there’s fishing and kayaking and eating and football and fishing and eating. Basically what happens is, we arrive at Plum Island after work and I don’t see Andrew until it’s time to leave :). He has much to get done before our time there is up. Things on the MUST do list:

1. Catch a fish. This usually requires a large amount of time because they often do not cooperate.

2. Kayak. This also takes a lot of time because every area must be explored for birds. And maybe more fish (although I have YET to see him catch a fish from his kayak).

3. Football. A football must be thrown at least once a day, a frisbee is an okay substitute.

4. Swimming. I almost forgot swimming. We ALL must swim at LEAST once a day in the FRIGID waters. I’d guess somewhere in the 60-65 degree range. This year I managed to only swim once…brrr!

5. Bait shop. We must visit the bait shop at least once during the trip. Usually because the fish have stolen (without being caught) the first round, so we need more. And maybe we’ll get a hat or new fishing paraphenalia while we’re there.

6. Walk/Run to the open ocean. It’s a pretty walk, I must admit. Plus we can check to see if other people are catching fish down there – in case we want to try that spot too.

7. Eating. There is lots of eating: hot dogs, hamburgers, guacamole, pasta salad, ice cream, chicken, chips & salsa, Devil Dogs, Twizzlers…and sometimes we have salad or fruit! 🙂

8. Fireworks. Typically these are handled by Rob. He is the fireworks master. This year we got treated to fireworks both times we went (but neither time by Rob). The 4th fireworks were great, you could see them from all the different towns in the area & along the coast. The other fireworks were set because the Tall Ships were across the river in Seabrook. A fun family event always.

9. Play Games. This can be done during the day or night, but usually at night. We get the nieces around and play card games, board games, word games. All sorts of games. Always a good time!

10. Adventure. This one is key. Each year there must be some sort of unplanned (usually somewhat frightening) adventure. The first year I went it was when Andrew flipped me over into the frigid water on the sailboat (we had only been dating for a month!). This year it involved his nieces.

There they all were, Michael (bro-in-law), Julia (11), Sarah (9), Lily (7) and Andrew. Far away from the shore hunting for clams (to fish with of course!). They had the kayak & row boat. After being out for a while Sarah & Andrew decided to come in on the Kayak, just as a CRAZY storm was headed over them! It came in quick, but it was pretty clear it was coming. After a little while longer Michael, Julia & Lily decided it was time to come in on the row boat. Well – the storm wind was crazy and Michael couldn’t control the boat by himself to get them in (nevermind the fact that it was pretty low tide so there was no great way to get to the shore). So he jumps out of the boat to try to swim it in, leaving Julia “paddling for her life” (in her own words). They are drifting further & further away. Meanwhile the rest of us are watching from shore trying to figure out the best way to help them. Did I mention lightning & thunder are striking too? Anyway, to make a LONG story very short, they finally drift to an area where we can get to them. We leave the boat tide to a dock (which is now on the sand since it’s low tide) and will go back for it later. All parties are okay…but it was a scary adventure none the less.

So. As you can see there are MANY things that MUST be done while at Plum Island. For this reason I see Andrew for about 20 minutes the whole time we’re there, but that’s great. He is like a kid again whenever we’re there & loves every minute of it! What could be better?

Our time at Plum Island always ends with a sunset. It could probably be one of the 10 things you MUST do, but we’ll leave it in it’s own category. It is usually beatiful and always a relaxing time of night. I probably have more sunset Plum Island pictures than anything else. So I’ll include a few here for you since this year was particularly good. While this post is late (we were there in mid-July) I couldn’t let it go by without sharing.