Thursday, August 25, 2011

Harpswell Vacation

We had our annual vacation up in Harpswell, ME again this year. We had mostly lovely weather and lots of fun with the kids. It is so nice to get them all together again to spend some unplugged time as a family. Summer light is just the best. We nicknamed this beach 'Sea Glass Beach' while we were there and the other cove as 'Hermit Crab Cove'.

Got to do some family pictures, too! My brother and Eliot (such a ham):

Silly family photo:

Lobster yoga:

Now we are gearing up for the possible hurricane. I am more worried about my tomatoes than anything else!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Cape Cod Vacation

We went to Cape Cod for our first vacation. We stayed in the house of Kurt Vonnegut in the town of Barnstable, MA. It was a huge, charming old house with fantastic sunsets and nooks and crannies galore. There were books everywhere and a little kids room under the eaves with teeny chairs and games and a teenager attic room with a ping pong table!

We stayed with Kevin's family with lots of people in and out throughout the week. I was only able to stay for a few days but I certainly enjoyed it.

There were even bunnies! I didn't see the fox that a couple of people saw.

Eliot went fishing with his 'Sandwich Grandpa' off the little dock that was at the end of the field. The pond was perfect for kids and fish alike. He caught a fish every time his hook went into the water! What a way to get 'hooked' on fishing.
There was lots of interesting art and various eclectic things around. We read The Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl. It was a really funny story.

The pond was home to this very brave swan, too. It swam over to the dock every time we were near it. It was fascinating to watch such a huge bird so close.

The sunsets were amazing. They made such beautiful photographs.

Even the little nick nacks around their garden were whimsical.

With summer closing it's doors for this year we will hold this trip close during those cold winter months until we can get together again next year.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


I have some serious catching up to do! We are going way back in time for this first post. Back to the Yarmouth Clam Festival. I love this fair. It has a decent craft contingent, good music and rides galore. I dread the day when Eliot wants to go on the big rides but for now I can handle the kiddie rides. Mom's usually get to ride for free if you get a nice carnie. Eliot wasn't too keen on me tagging along this year though.

I get my yearly binge on fried dough. My Mothers birthday usually falls during fair week so that is our treat together.

He rode on this dragon ride alone and was so brave! He has grown a lot more independent in one year.
We watched the parade with some friends we happened to see along the way.
Eliot and one of his best little buddies watched together. She has so much unbridled enthusiasm she gets Eliot really excited - so sweet for my usually somewhat reserved kid.

On the walk back to my Mother's house we were standing by this field watching the clouds of fire flies. The picture doesn't show much for fire flies but I liked the light and openness of it.

I have been doing tons of crafting lately, too. I am onto my 2nd Alabama Chanin project and I just got a Joann's coupon that I think I will use for fabric to make one of the dresses.
My garden is doing amazing things namely by producing gigantic tomatoes. My squash are just about done and my first round of beans did OK. My Hubbard and gourds seem to have some kind of bug so I hope they survive. Not enough to save but lots of plans to relocate and move around and add for next year. I am getting my soil tested this week to find out if we can plant in our soil directly without worry of contamination.
So - more updates ahead! Anything you want to know about that I have forgotten to mention let me know!
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