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Friday, August 29, 2014

Wolfe's Neck Farm

We had some ideas brewing for our vacation; places to go and things to do... but after we survived 13 hours of travel I didn't really want to do anything that involved long car rides. So we kept our itinerary local and made the most of what Freeport has to offer.

I suggested we take the short drive to Wolfe's Neck Farm with baby Vito and Aspen, so one afternoon we headed out. It was perfect for the kids to run around and enjoy the fresh air without needing vigilant observation.

This was my view from the air-conditioned car while I nursed Linc. It really made me want some corn on the cob.

Since I spent so much time in the car feeding the boy, I missed the animals and all that, but I caught up with the family as the kids ran in the garden.


As I walked around and took photos, I kept noticing this watering can in different places. Apparently, Aspen was hauling it around and leaving it all over the garden.

We read Benjamin Bunny's and Peter Rabbit's stories often in our house, so it was a treat to stumble upon Mr. McGregor's very own garden while at the farm! And we found one of those bunnies, too, as we walked back to the car. I suspect it was Peter becuase the bunny had no clothes, and we all know he loses his often when trying to escape the cat and Mr. McGregor himself.

Proof Linc was there, too.

I asked Kev if he'd take a picture of me with Sophia and Jeshua by the Queen Anne's Lace, and Aspen decided to check out the spot. Little did she know there was a ditch on the side of the road, and she soon found herself buried in flowers.

Later that night, we went across the street from my parents' house to the park so the last of the wiggles could be enjoyed.

Jeshua ran the kids around and around and around until the mosquitoes came out and tried to swallow us whole.

Grandpa Vito sat on the porch with Sophia and watched all the shenanigans as the sun set behind us. It was a great day being outdoors and spending time with family.

Also, Jeshua got a lesson in ponies at the park. Aspen informed him there are absolutely NO ninja ponies in Ponyville. She also told him he should do her preschool work to learn that "five" comes after "four," not "blueberry." For an accountant, Jeshua really needs to work on his numbers.

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Winslow Park, day 1

We hit up Winslow Park our second day in Maine, and I'm impressed we survived it with Linc. We may have stayed juuuuust a little too long, but it was still so nice to be there. It was probably the highlight of Aspen's vacation to spend time at the water, so it was totally worth having Linc lay on my lap and scream for five minutes while we tried to pack up and convince Aspen to leave.

She was so good at filling and hauling buckets of water that we should have had her helping us bail water at the house when it flooded! She just loved moving water.

This right here is the dock on which I smashed up my front teeth as a kid. I ended up having those two jacked up teeth pulled and then needed some serious braces for a few years as a teen. Awesome. Thanks, Winslow!

Sophia manned my baby sooooo much for me on this trip and I am SO GRATEFUL. She put him to sleep on the beach and at the house and she held him for eleventy-billion hours. So although I sometimes felt locked down at the house (in the event Linc awoke and needed to nurse), at least I didn't have to hold him nonstop.

We rigged up some umbrellas for Linc to avoid the sun, and even sprayed them with bug repellent to protect him even more. Man... those guys were nasty. But it was worth it to be at the beach for two days.

We spent some time combing the beach for shells and trinkets, and Aspen made lots of mud pies and a castle with Kev. She was in heaven.

And yes, Sophia photographed me nursing my baby on the beach. This is how I spent my vacation, people! Nursing in lots of different places.

After Linc napped I did subject him to the Atlantic Ocean. And he did not like it. But him crying just made it more hilarious. Whenever the water tickled his toes he squealed and tried to retract them into his body. Sorry, baby.

I gathered up all these treasures (and Sophia had even more) but I may just print and frame this photo so I don't have to keep track of/dust/rearrange shells every week. After the flood, I'm even more determined to declutter the house and make my life easier.

I hope you enjoyed your virtual visit to Winslow Park!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fort Williams

Our little explorer spent a few minutes walking through the "castle" at Fort Williams and then decided to go down the trails with Kev and Marc. We probably spent a little too long at the Portland Headlight, but it was worth the hungry tummies on the ride home. It was such a beautiful day and we all had fun.

There are some more photos of the fort below if you'd like to see for yourself:

The trees are so gorgeous in Maine. There's just so many of them all around- in the neighborhoods, along the winding roads, lining the highway and even right up to the beaches.

Like I said, there will be lots more photos coming. Hang in there!

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