Monday, August 9, 2010

Back to reality

We just got back from our annual pilgrimage to Maine. This was by far the best vacation with the kids yet, even though they woke up at 5:00 or 6:00 every morning (sometimes 4:00, Silas). We had our own place this year, which made it nice to not have to worry about waking any one up or having the kids get on any one's nerves. We spent a lot of time together as a family, which was much needed.

Here are the highlights:

1. Food- We have our favorite joints we hit up every year: The Owl's Head General Store, in the town where we stay- the best chicken salad sandwich and burgers (voted best in Maine by the Food Network!). The Brass Compass in Rockland- best Haddock Melt (also winner of Throw Down with Bobby Flay for Lobster Club, also delish). Cod End- Fish and Chips and beer, on a dock in the harbor. Dorman's Ice Cream- yum! And Cappy's Chowder House- yummy clam chowder (the place we ate the night Matt proposed, my sis watched the kids so we could have a date!).

2. The view- The place we have rented the last two years has a tremendous view, everywhere you turn in the house you see the ocean. You can hear it through the windows at night.

3. Watching my kids fall in love with the ocean.

4. A glass of wine (or two) every day at 4:00.

5. Reading two books.

6. Shopping with my mom and sister in cute little shops and finding the perfect coffee table in an antique store.

7. Watching the kids play for hours on the beach (and even braving the COLD Maine water).

8. New cozy sweat shirts for the kids.

9. Games at night...after the kids are in bed.

10. Being together.


emily said...

i wanna go baaaaaaaaaack. (imagine me saying that in a whiny high pitched voice.)

nice list. i agree with all of them.

Missy said...

This made me all nostalgic for a trip my family took to Maine to visit relatives when I was about seven. The picture of your children sitting on a rock and looking at the ocean made me think of how my dad told me the land I was seeing on the other side of the water was England. He said it so deadpan that for YEARS I just believed you could see England from the beach at Maine.