Our three days in Maine were jam-packed: an afternoon at Eric's grandparents' place on the pond, dinner at the beach, a day at Funtown/Splashtown, a visit to the Portland Head lighthouse, and a huge water balloon fight. Whew.
|Benjamin fished in the pond and caught a fish on his first try!|
|Our annual photo of the boys on the rocks at Wells Beach|
|Charlotte loves getting thrown around|
|We explored the rocky shores and the ruins|
|My monkeys in a tree|
|A good reminder in our tumultuous times|
|Asher likes to spoil our "moments"- an attempt at getting just Eric and me in a photo|
We left for Cape Cod on Saturday morning, planning to get there quickly in time to spend a couple of hours with my cousin William and his family. Of course there was traffic, but we did manage to squeeze in a couple of hours of sun at the pond.
Our week at the Cape was not our best ever- we had pretty lousy weather, with most days cool, with some clouds, and a few days just plain cloudy or cold. We didn't get in the ocean a single time, and I don't think my dad swam at all. Unlike previous years, the kids didn't manage to get into a groove- they didn't play at all with any of the other kids there, and they frequently fought with each other or whined at us. We had many wonderful moments, and the week flew by, but we are discussing going earlier in the summer (more kids, warmer weather) in the hopes of making next year a better trip.
|The boys at the pond|
|Charlotte at the Marine Supplies store in Provincetown|
|Charlotte practicing her headstand. She practiced all week|
|Fire on the beach to roast marshmallows and make smores|
|grownups went out to dinner in Provincetown|
|My sister, me, Eric|
|10 minutes of cooperative play|
|On the beach, in ear muffs|
|Our last night on the Cape- before our lobster dinner|
We plunged right into real life as soon as we returned- so far the kids are happy with their new teachers and they each have plenty of friends in their classes. We are enjoying the weekends that still feel summer-like by going to Sesame Place to ride the water rides one last time, and swim in Jane and Ed's pool one last time for the year. The kids all seem to be adjusting well to their new schedules, and much of the fighting and antagonizing that was prevalent at the end of the summer, they are mostly getting along.