A Vacation in Ocean City New Jersey - Hanging with the Family

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The Belonger’s & Cleaver’s go on VACATION


Ocean City New Jersey


Ocean City, NJ - July 25th to August 1st 2009

For the last 8 years, our family goes down to Ocean City, New Jersey for a week. I go down with my parents, my sister, her husband, and their 6 kids. Yes, 6 kids... 2 that are now 15 months old, twins, boy & girl.

Ocean City is a true family resort if you have never been.  


uncle Jeff aka the FHA expert buried in sand



Every year, it's a ritual to bury Uncle Jeff, aka the FHA Expert, in the sand. The kids get a kick out of it. And yes, there is actually enough sand on the beach to bury me.

(Alisha, Andrew, Katerina, and Uncle Jeff, well my head at least)


Alicia in chair in sand



Have you every explained to a kid that you just possibly can't reach China by digging in the sand?  Well, kids at least need a place to hang out in, even to get away from their parents and uncle. Here is Alisha's place away from home. Just enough room for one.


Joey Cleaver - A super star in the making


Did you all know that we had a celebrity with us? Joey Cleaver, 15 months old. Check him out in those shades. And watch for him in the coming years.

As you can see though, he still needs a little help getting around. Grampa Belonger helps Joey along. 

PS...  This little kid just loved the water and was so cute.



Ava near pool at beach




“Hey, nobody stepping in my pool.  This is my vacation spot.”

And here we have Ms. Ava, the other half of the twins. She wasn't big on the ocean, but enjoyed lounging at the pool.



John Cleaver in Ocean




And watch out Michael Phelps.... Johnny Cleaver is right behind you. Actually, Johnny is a very good swimmer and has been taking swim lessons for the last 2 years. He is actually beating many that are a few ages ahead of him. The matter of fact, many of the Cleaver kids are good swimmers.




Katerina & Andrew goofing




And if you weren't exactly sure, but when hanging out with the FHA Expert, if you want your privacy, sometimes you might need a few disguises.  My niece Katerina and nephew Andrew, found a few that didn't stand out in the crowd. At least that's what they thought...  ;o)

bad economy      





And who said that some of us haven't been affected in today's economy. Sometimes you must do what you have to do. Or it could just be his hobby and pleasure.







Ava on Merry-Go-Round


Joey on Merry-Go-round with Grandpa


Don't forget, Ocean City has a large boardwalk with rides, shops, games, and restaurants. You have Ava on the left and Joey with Grandpa on the right, just enjoying the Merry-Go-Round.

We did play miniature golf, but we didn't do the water slides this year. There is always next year..





Alicia in Ocean


Lastly, every vacation must come to an end.  It was fun, relaxing... and got to hang out with family...


Ocean, until next year. I will miss you… it was fun.  You shared your warmth with me, refreshed my body when I was hot… allowed me to swim with you… and overall, it was a good time.  Thanks



(Alisha Cleaver)





I didn't write about our vacation last year, but here is our summer fun in Ocean City in 2007.


Fun in the sun & Shore Memories in 2007






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June Piper-Brandon
The Traczyk Team at Remax New Beginnings - Baltimore, MD
Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time

Jeff, that looks like a great family vacation.  I hope you and yours enjoy it.

Aug 09, 2009 04:06 AM #1
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Jeff, you look a little nervous in the "Bury Uncle Jeff" photo!  Have a great vacation!

Aug 09, 2009 04:09 AM #2
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans


JUNE.... it was fun...  this year, I still did some work, but not much... and I didn't blog or comment the whole week. The last 2 previous years, I spent more time on the computer.

Pat....  lol   It actually hurt at some times, when the kids dumped the sand on my stomach.  And ps... we already had the vacation.  ;o)


Aug 09, 2009 04:16 AM #3
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Jeff - A vacation well deserved, I'm sure.

You look good buried in the sand;)

Aug 09, 2009 04:22 AM #4
Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Jeff ~ Looks like a great vacation.  Your photos - and the postcard - are just great.  I can hear the waves.


Aug 09, 2009 06:47 AM #5
Ken Cook
Content, coding, marketing, host. - Marietta, GA
Content Marketer/Creator

Good times! I understand the ocean fix ... if I can get these custom WordPress templates done I'm headed that way ... only a litle more southernly :) If you want to be a politician the next time you get buried in the sand do it the other way around ... leave your bum out and bury the head. Glad you had fun with the fam!

Aug 09, 2009 07:00 AM #6
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans


JASON... it was, much better than last year, that's for sure... and you know why.  I actually spent less time on the phone this year and still did more business.  thanks

ELIZABETH.... .  it was a good one, thanks.  and yes, after reading this again, I can hear the waves also.  thanks

head in the sand


KEN......   do know which politician this is?   Seriously, thanks for the laugh. Where would you head to?  Louisiana? Hit the gulf?  Just go to a lake?



Aug 09, 2009 07:11 AM #7
Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ


Ocean City, N.J. is a great family resort...!!! Looks like an FHA day at the beach...Freaking Hot Afternoon...!!! Thanks,   Fran

Aug 09, 2009 08:25 AM #8
Stephen Kappre
KW Hometown - Mantua, NJ
Helping You Home

Jeff - That must be why I saw those back-hoes filling in the holes after you left the beach ...

Aug 09, 2009 12:49 PM #9
Tim and Pam Cash
Crye-Leike (Sango) - Clarksville, TN
Real Estate Professionals - Clarksville TN

Jeff, thanks for taking us along.  Glad to see that you got some time to spend with the Family.

Aug 09, 2009 01:22 PM #10
John Cannata
214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

Jeff - Looks like you had a great time. Uncle Jeff seems like a heck of a guy at the beach. Someone has to be buried.  :-)  Love the pics. We dont do the beach here in Texas... mainly because we are too far now, but use to like visiting it when we lived in California.

Aug 09, 2009 02:08 PM #11
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans


FRAN.... .   yes, it is a nice family area for vacations.  And when we were down, we had at least one very hot/humid day. Other than that, it wasn't bad, yet the last few days, the water got colder.

STEVE.... . yes, that is correct. They were very big and it took 2 days with many man hours to fill them holes.. lol

TIM & PAM.... . my pleasure and yes, it was enjoyable spending time with the family, even for a whole week.

JOHN..... . yes, someone has to be buried.  lol  Thanks for kind words about the pics. Not sure if you knew, but I use to live in Houston, so I had been to Galveston a few times.  Where in Cali. did you live?


Aug 09, 2009 03:04 PM #12
Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production

Dude...this is so cool.  I love this sort of stuff.  I just did this 2 weeks ago with my beasts.  We dug a hole so deep that my son was able to sit in it and be buried up to his neck.  It was sooooooooo cool.  Needless to say....I was the last to get married and I spoiled the crap out of the nieces and nephews.  That what so much fun!!!!  Glad you got to vacate the office for a bit.....

Aug 09, 2009 03:08 PM #13
Scott Geary
Infinity Home Mortgage Company Inc - Allentown, PA
Your Pennsylvania Mortgage Source

I didn't think you had it in you! What a great summary of what looks like a terrific vacation! See, personal glimpses into who you are can be fun for both you and the reader. I really enjoyed this. Think I need to get to the beach as well. The only place in the world that gives me THAT feeling. I miss it. Thanks for sharing :)

Aug 10, 2009 02:51 AM #14
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

Jeff - Looks like you guys had a blast!  Ava looks VERY protective of the little pool.

Aug 10, 2009 02:54 AM #15
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans


LARRY.... . yea, I truly look forward to this every year. Would I love to do a trup to the islands or something else?  Sure... but I actually look forward to this, because I love hanging out with the kids down at the beach. We dug some different holes this year and I helped 2 of my nephews build sand castles.  I forgot to take a picture of one of them. I wanted to go down early one morning and dig a major hole with a platform for us adults, so when the tide came up, we would have been protected. I so another guy do this and it was pretty cool. It was like a mini Fort. thanks for the fun comment.

SCOTT.... . lol... huh?  That I am all work and no play?  lol  I will agree, seeing personal glimpses into anyone that blogs about real estate or mortgages is fun and nice to see...  so thanks for that compliment.  I was just talking to Darin today about this, that I use to write more blogs like this, that I got away from this.  I need to get back to stuff like this. I think it definitely helps the consumer to get to know more about you and to click with you better.  In any case, thanks for enjoying this with me.  Now I am wishing I was back down there again, after reading your comment and reading this blog again... thanks

JASON.... . yes, we did have a good time.. thanks.  And I actually loved that shot of Ava, because it was perfect and appropriate to make that statement, because she was very joyful and happy most of the trip. Who knows about that shot... lol  thanks


Aug 10, 2009 02:35 PM #16
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

Jeff- This is a wonderful way to share your family vacation. I love the photos! If they were all down here, they could go to the beach every weekend:) I am glad you got to spend time with your family.

Aug 13, 2009 07:52 AM #17
Sheldon Neal
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Maywood, NJ
That British Agent Bergen County NJ

Ha !!! Steve K beat me to the comment !!!! LOLOLOL

What a great looking trip !!

And who knew there was a softer gentler side of the FHA Expert huh !!!

Really great recap Jeff, I thoroughly enjoyed this post my friend :o)

Cheers !


Aug 13, 2009 08:04 AM #18
Renée Donohue~Home Photography
Savvy Home Pix - Allegan, MI
Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer

Alisha's quote is amazing!  She sounds like a future writer!  Thanks for sharing this beautiful time you had with your family.  Those babes grow up wayyyyy toooooo fast!

Aug 13, 2009 01:34 PM #19
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