This year, we went from Monday to Monday, which is kind of strange for a vacation (or, it felt strange to me). We chose our dates around Eric's aunt and uncle's visit from Germany- they had never met the kids and we so badly wanted them to. But, because they were visiting and staying at Eric's parents' house, we had to find other lodging. Which we found, at Eric's grandparents' camp, a small house on a small pond.
The camp was a little rustic for me, but we settled in pretty quickly, and the kids were in heaven. In the mornings, they would wake up, maybe eat, and then strip down and get to swimming. Charlotte would squeal with happiness, "Ahahaha! I'm swimming NAKED!" They played for hours, happily, in the water and the sand, which made my job very easy.
|Naked lunch on the dock|
Our first day in Maine, we went to the beach in Wells and met up with a classmate of the boys', who spends the summers in Maine. It was a fairly cool day and the kids splashed in the ocean and practiced riding boogie boards.
Busy mornings led to excellent naps! The boys shared a bed, and shared it well, Charlotte was alone in a "big girl bed" and also did well.
|Breakfast by the water|
|Charlotte and her cousin Marcus in the hammock|
|Cousin Justin taught the boys to fish|
My favorite part of all was nap time- I got to lie in the hammock with my chick lit books and read in complete quiet. There was the occasional splash of a fish in the water, and the rustling of the wind through the trees, and that was it. It was unbelievable- it was possibly the most relaxing hours I have had in 5 years and 3.5 months.
|Breakfast al fresco|
|Skinny-dipping before 9|
|A rowboat ride with Daddy|
|The boys with their cousin, Taylor|
After 3.5 days in Sanford, we drove about 1.5 hours up the coast to Georgetown, Maine. We were supposed to go cabin camping on the bay there, but it wasn't all we envisioned. There weren't enough beds, and yes, there was a bay off in the distance, but we were much closer to a mosquito-breeding swamp. We met up with my mom's cousin Wendy and her family, and my parents came up, too. Again, while the accommodations weren't what we expected, the fun was in watching the kids play and explore and enjoy their big cousins.
|Lobster dinner view|
|Angelina Ballerina, first thing in the morning|
The kids are now finishing up camp, and we have 5 weeks left of summer in which I want to cram way too much fun. Every year, summer just flies by- I spend all winter pining for it and it passes in the blink of an eye.