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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Crab Boil

Going through my pictures from the summer, I realized I never blogged about the trip Axel, Asher and I took to Philadelphia! While the original purpose of the trip was a check up at Shriner's Hospital in Philadelphia, really we made it all about friends!

My very good friend Coleen has hosted us nearly every time we go to Philly. She picks us up at the airport, drops us off when it's time to go home, lets me borrow a car to get back and forth to the hospital. She is just the best kind of friend ever.

I have known Coleen on the internet since Angela was around 9 years old. That's about the time her son Nolan was born with Down syndrome. Since then we've grown to love one another's kids via the net. She has supported us through three adoptions, plus all the ups and downs of raising a kid(s) with Down syndrome.

Anyway, one of the things Coleen made sure we experienced was a crab boil. Ok, really it was her fiancé Phil and his buddies who got the crabs, but still...

Now, we live in Minnesota. Our sea life is much different. Well, because it's lake life, not sea life.

First, there were A LOT of crabs! 

Gotta keep them cool or they get too active and want to climb out and run away. 

Put them in the pot... This water had all kinds of spices and stuff in it.

Cooked crabs!

Axel thought the crabs were pretty cool. 

The guys ate late into the night. 

 Asher didn't really care about the crabs. He loved the roar of the boiler thingy though. LOL He ate some of the crab meat but was more interested in running on the trampoline. Axel,  however, LOVED the crab! He ate quite a lot. I ate plenty of crab legs, which is about all my mind could handle eating of the crab.

All in all it was a great time. So glad my boys got to experience this! Someday Dean needs to go crabbing with Phil and his buddies.


Kathie Brinkman said...

Okay, so did I miss a geography lesson somewhere? Philadelphia is in Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania does not sit on the Atlantic Ocean ... or does it?

Kathie Brinkman said...

Okay, good, I'm not that dumb. Philadelphia sits on the Delaware River and is a few hours from Atlantic City/the Atlantic Ocean. Now I can see the sea life connection. When we lived in NJ we had a friend who's dad was a deep sea fisherman. There is nothing like eating seafood that is less than 12 hours out of the sea. Best tasting tuna & shark meat ever.