Della Does Dewey and a Few Other Things

For an after-summer break, we rented a minivan and cruised to the partying-est of Delaware beaches, Dewey Beach. 


Nanny and Bappa came with us!


They bought Della TWO monkeys with belly buttons you can stick your finger in. Nothing, bought for any price, could have made any of us any happier that day.


The next day, there was a huge scene when Daddy let Della hold a flock of stuffed duckies at the Orvis outlet, with no intention of buying them for her. The only thing that could (temporarily) relieve her suffering was a ride in this coin-operated motor boat.


At night, Della took in  classic short films, including “Mickey and the Beanstalk” and “Gulliver Mickey.”


As for Della’s beach skills: improving, but room for improvement. She likes to chase the waves and is not scared of them. She is still eating sand by the handful. She calls the ocean “wah-wah” and gives seagulls and sandpipers love usually reserved for dogs, cats, babies, and animal sippy cups. 




Here is a nice un-enhanced iPhone photo courtesy of Bappa Mike  


Back home after the beach vacation was over, Nanny and Bappa babysat for two days straight. Day one they visited every toddler’s favorite fun land: the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.



They say she enjoyed seeing all the babies, i.e., the Jesus babies.


The next day they went to the zoo.



We had a great visit, and Della had more fun than two monkeys in a stroller with a baby. Love you and thank you!


Lobster Butter and Burke Lake

Thanks to a special deal at Giant, Della had lobster dinner two nights in a row. She doesn’t much care for lobster, but she sure likes butter. At first she tried dipping food (lobster, corn, potatoes, popsicles) in the butter sauce, but found it was more efficient to scoop it out with a hand and then both hands. Finally she brought the dipping dish up to her mouth for a drink, and that’s where we drew the line. By the end of the meal, Della was glistening like a well-oiled body builder.


Today we went to Burke Lake and rode the choo choo train, took a carousel ride, and ate ice cream and rainbow sherbert. Della even got to see some real babies, to whom she waved aggressively. Later we went for a short walk, and Della examined the gravel on her left hand.