Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Halibut Point - Rockport, Massachusetts



We had a nice, long, warm weekend.  All three kids had Friday and Monday off from school - and Georgia has the entire week (for spring break) and the fact that the sun actually came out and the temperature warmed up made it a very relaxing four days.  

Gordy and Georgia went to Los Angeles for the long weekend and Henry was busy, but Josie and I were free and ready to explore.


We googled about twenty different combinations of "outdoor activities for kids" before we discovered Halibut Point in Rockport.  I'm not sure how this state park has escaped our notice in the past because it is just the perfect type of outdoor day trip that Gordy and I love(d) and used to do all the time with the children before sports and teenager-dom entered our lives and all the fun stopped.



There were trails, scenic overlooks and a rocky Maine-like beach.  It was perfect.








Josie explored the tidal pools and I just sat and soaked in the sunshine.









We saw a ton of people on the trails and at the overlook, but the rocky "beach" was sparsely populated.












It felt so good to be outside!

On our way back to our car, we kept seeing plastic Easter eggs and figured it must be some sort of Rockport Easter Egg Hunt, so we helped ourselves to two eggs...



But a few minutes later, a family with about four kids came running by and we realized that it was probably just a private family egg hunt.  Whoops!  In our defense, it was a public park, so HELLO!  You might want to use your own backyard and not a public, people-filled park.  

To make up for the fact that some of their Easter candy ended up in Josie's belly, we did shield a few eggs from the view of the leading brother, who had run ahead of his younger siblings and was picking up egg after egg since the eggs were just sitting by the side of the path and not really hidden.  His younger siblings were following just far enough behind the brother to see him pick up each egg but not close enough to fight him for one or two.  The boy was running and shrieking, the younger siblings were crying and screaming and the parents were running behind them all trying to get them all to stop.  It was chaos.

They may want to re-think the hunt next year.  It's just a suggestion.





Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Florida!


Henry & Josie had spring break recently and we went to Florida.  (And since I know you haven't seen Mr. Henry in awhile, yes, he is taller now.  Six feet tall, actually).

We started our vacation in North Carolina, admiring their spring and picking up Meredith.


Next stop:  Tampa where we went to a Tampa Bay Lightning Game... which they lost but was still very fun.  I did miss the Whooo of the Bruins.


After that we went to visit Avery at her college.  We got to watch her varsity tennis match (which she won - go Avery!)



Here we are:


And finally, we ended up on Sanibel Island where we let our hair down, enjoyed the hot sun and ooohed & ahhhhed over the amazing sunsets.







We are back home now and the relaxed moods of vacation are almost completely over.  Going back to school does that to a person!  Luckily for us, summer isn't that far off.


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