We had another wonderful trip, another vacation that left me sad it's over and eager for next year. We started our trip by driving up to Eric's parents' on Thursday night. I am always excited for vacation to start, and want to get out of town as soon as possible! So we took off at the first possible moment and went to Maine. Our last trip to Maine was easy- this one, not so much. Although we left 1.5 hours earlier than we had on our last trip up, we arrived at the same time. I drive Eric nuts because I constantly check Google maps for detours and ways to save time, no matter how convoluted the route.
Friday we just took it easy at Eric's parents' house- we had planned to go to the beach, but it rained in the morning so we changed our plans. We went in the pool, their cousins came for lunch, and then we packed up a picnic dinner and went to the beach for dinner.
|Memere puts a braid in Charlotte's hair|
|Benjamin asked me to take his picture|
|Charlotte pretending to sleep|
|Asher & me|
|Benjamin asked me to take his picture again|
We couldn't decide what time we would leave for the Cape on Saturday, but when we woke up, the kids were begging to get to the Cape as soon as possible, so we packed up and left. There was more traffic, but we made it in time for a late lunch by the bay. Then, since my parents and sister (and her boyfriend) were not going to arrive until about 6, we went to the beach and got in the ocean!
|Finally made it to our favorite place!|
|One of my other favorite places...|
We continued with many traditions- a lobster dinner by the bay, a grown-up's night out at a nicer restaurant, ice cream whenever we could, and Papa Nick going out for donuts and newspapers with his grandchildren.
|Attempt at a family picture. This one won't be going on our holiday card.|
|Asher and mommy|
|Charlotte and mommy|
|I guess it was kind of sunny...|
|Benjamin at ice cream|
|Before the play|
|After the tour. No pictures inside.|
Friday started sunny, and we went to the beach. The waves were too rough for us to swim, but we played in the sand for a while, until we noticed a little unrest on the beach. A plane kept circling overhead, and a boat appeared in the ocean and hovered close to shore.
|The plane circling around|
We went kayaking- the kids loved it and I discovered that my arms are not so strong. Although it isn't part of our usual routine, I would do it again!
We went to ice cream one afternoon, and over the course of our snack, everyone swapped food with everyone else. We all got a little taste of everything.
|The kids all pretended to be various forms of cats- kitties, tigers, and lions. Charlotte is roaring.|
|Asher and Charlotte snuggling together. They have a close bond.|
Now we are home, and real life starts again. When we got home, I noticed leaves on our patio, and the air has a chill. Fall is coming, whether I like it or not!