We have entered a new parenting phase. It is called the lacrosse parent phase. Our boy went to a camp last week and fell in love. We are now the owners of lots of lacrosse gear and one sweaty 8 year old.
Love this little series. The joy on his face kills me.
We made an impromptu trip to Connecticut because we lost power for a few days. Not to re-hash, but it was no fun, and I love the men and women at AC Electric. Enough said. I had been in Chicago for work, picked up the kids, and went to see my best-est friend in the whole world. You have got to love someone that opens their home to you with 5 hours notice, especially when she has lived in said home for less than one week. She has 3 girls, and it was great to have our kids together again. I brought along some craft kits (have you seen the new Todd Oldham craft kits at Target? Love.) and thought that the girls would love to make jewelry. I was mistaken, the boys loved it too. They sat on the porch and beaded for over an hour. The best $12 I have spent in a long, long time.
One afternoon, my friend had guests, and the kids and I decided to visit Mystic since it is only a few minutes away. Such a cute little town. You have seen Mystic Pizza haven’t you? We ate there for lunch. The pizza is surprisingly good. The boys loved watching the bridge go up and down.
We spent 4th of July at quite possibly the most gorgeous home I have ever been in. The kids made some new friends, and splashed around all evening.
As we were driving home, the light was perfect and golden, so I made Wes pull over so I could take some pictures of the boats. We ended up pulling into the cutest marina, and spending time on the docks looking at sailboats and enjoying the last few minutes of a very good day.
The next day, we decided that it was time to head home. We were in New London, so we could not pass up the opportunity to visit the Coast Guard Academy and show the kids where daddy went to school. It really is a beautiful campus. We walked around and Wes brought us to the grave of Hopley Yeaton. He told us that when you were nervous about an exam, you would rub the grave and it would somehow transfer the missing information onto the student. I think that we need to teach our children better study skills. We went into the chapel, and I loved the Psalm etched into the glass so much that I needed to take a picture of it. Afterwards, we were on a mission for a Connecticut lobster roll. Different than a Maine one, this one has butter and no mayo. Just my speed. We did a a little research and came to find Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock. If I were a lobster, it is where I would like to go to heaven. This was an unplanned trip, but in some ways, it was just what we needed. We got to spend time with people we love and see lots of new things. We came home to a house that had electricity, and a new appreciation for how powerful the weather can be.
After we settled in and unpacked a bit, we decided that it was time to start exploring. Wes had a few days before he started his new job, and we headed to Philadelphia to take a look around and cross some items off of our list. I have been to Philly a million times, and every field trip that I took in school was usually to some Philadelphia site. But doing it now with my children makes it an entirely new experience. You know how small things look when you see them as a grown up? That is how I felt after a visit to the Franklin Institute. Everything seemed so small. Well, not our friend Ben, I love how tiny Will looks standing in front him. The museum is by no mean small, in fact, it is better than I remember it being. So much that we became members. Now we can go whenever we feel like it.
We stopped for lunch as soon as we got into the city and went to a place called Jones. The food was okay, but the light was gorgeous. I felt for the business men sitting next to us. The waitress spilled and broke a glass of Coke all over the table and the poor men. How awesome would it be to go back to work in a Coke-soaked suit?
I am so happy to living back where I grew up. South Jersey gets a bad rap, and truthfully, Jersey Shore did not help. But all said and done, it is a great place to be, and was a great place to be a kid. 10 minutes from gorgeous beaches, 20 minutes from rich farm land, 45 minutes from Philadelphia, and 2 hours from New York City. What more could you want?
Will and the Big Guy.I might take up sewing, if my machine was this beautiful.
Since I last wrote, (which I embarrassed to say has been a very long time) we have moved yet again. The kids and I are spending the summer with my mom in New Jersey, and so far, it has been just what we needed. Lazy days on the beach, spending much needed QT with family, and a clear calendar. I took some time off from my freelance work, and I am now feeling recharged and ready to go. Everyone needs a break, right?
We are going to be living in Alexandria, VA and we could not be more excited. Our house will be ready in the middle of August. I see a lot of adventures in our future.
When we were driving from Kansas to New Jersey, we made a stop in St. Louis. We had big plans of doing the tourist thing and doing a lot of sightseeing and exploring. We created a Summer Bucket List and had big plans of checking lots of them off. Our dog was not down with that plan. Instead, we had an hour in St. Louis and ended up driving straight to NJ. But we thoroughly enjoyed the hour that we had there and I would love to go back.