Squee!!!!

The first full day of vacation began with me calling a certain someone to surprise her that I was in town.  Surprises don’t work so well when the person you are calling is three times zones away.  It happens that Adrianne was on vacation, herself, in CA for 2 two weeks and I had called her at 5am there.  It figures!!  LOL

Well, She was home now and we were going to play.  I love this woman to pieces.  It kills me not to be with her, like we used to.  But when our kids are older we are pretty determined to be together again.   I met her manyn years ago when I was still with my husband.  She was part of the same coven.  I grew to love her better than a sister.  When I started dating after I left my husband she was a big part of my life.  S. and I love Adrianne and her support has been a treasure to me.  In times of strife with T. being hospitalized she even opened her home to myself and B. so that we might live closer to his ward, until he was stable.  She is incredible and fun and such a grounding spot for me.  It just isn’t a trip to MA without her.

 Today, we were going to Glouster Beach.  We first stopped for lunch at the Boston Market and then headed for the beach.  We were in intense conversation the whole time, catching up with eathother and just having a blast.

The beach was HUGE!!!!  I had never been.  I was astounded.  The water was much much warmer than Maines’.  It seemed like a miles walk from the water to our blankets.  We had such a great time.  The kids had such a great time.

Afterward we hung out at her home to catch up some more.  It was hard to walk out that door.  All I wanted to do was curl up in her lap and stay forever.  I knew that it was going to be a long time till I saw her again.

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Woo Hoo!! York Beach, ME!!!!

York Beach, ME is one area that I can easily call my old stomping grounds.  My family used to come up here as often as possible, and thqt was a lot.  Our families’ dearest friend, Helen lived a block or so away from the beach and we would spend days and weeks at a time up here visiting.  My mother was also born not too far from here, in Kittery, so our family had lots of roots here.  This place screams “Home” to me.

Today, I was going to bring my children for the first time in years.  They themselves have fond memories of this place, as their childhood would not have been complete if I had not brought them here for summer beach days and winter walks on the Nubble. 

We drove along Long Beach at a snails pace to breathe in the ocean scents, but we were headed for Short Beach.  We found great parking across from the beach and headed for a nice long walk up and down the main drag for treats and fun checking out all the neat stores.  I picked up tourist stuff to bring home with me for my parents and S.  I knew I would be making my parents very jealous by being here.  They traveled an hour and a half every Sunday while living in MA to attend the church they were married in, before I had moved them to PA.  They miss it greatly.

The boys got half a pound of candy each, way more then they needed but it was going to be a total splurge day.  We walked into shoppes of all sorts and finally picked up some sand buckets and shovels and some goggles for T.  We changed at the car and headed for the water.  The tied was out but coming in.  It comes in very fast at this beach and in no time we had to move our blankets further back to sta outta the waters splash.  The water itself was FREEZING!!!  T. didn’t care and joined in with other children to play hard in the water. B. on the other hand was not going for it.  He gave it a go several times, only to come out almost immediately to play in the sand.  I stood in ankle deep water most of the time keeping an eye on T., freezing pain shooting up my legs.  The rest of the time, I turned on mymusic player and laid down to catch the rays and enjoy the heat of the day.  It was glorious.

About dinner time, I called them out and off we dried and changed back into our dry clothes.  Hop Skip and Jump and we were in my favorite place to go, The Golden Rod.  This beach restaurant is one of the oldest in the country and has the best salt water taffy in the world!!!!  Seriously!!!  I got two pounds of it to bring home to MA and we sat to have our dinner “snack”.  We were going crazy with our restrictive diet and ate dairy and gluten meals.  Mostly the boys went dairy as they had ice cream sundaes at the bar while I had a make you mouth water and my parents jealous, Lime Rickey soda and an Olive and Cream Cheese Sandwich.  It was all wonderful and fun.  We, of course, had great service and she was quite happy to indulge us with anything we asked for.  We watched the hundreds of poeple behind us choose their favorite chocolates and sweets and taffy’s for quite a while.  Then it was time to hit the road. 

BUT!!  not without stopping by one of the most beautiful scenic locations in York.  The Nubble Light.  At least, that is what us old timers and locals call it.  I guess it’s technical name is Cape Neddick.  Weird.  Didn’t know that until a couple years ago.  We pulled into the first parking spot and walked around the rocks crashing with sprays of the waves.  T. played with other children.  B. investigated the tidal pools.  I took tons of pictures and sat on a lovely memorial stone bench and breathed in the world.  I even got to take a couple pictures for a family whom wanted the nubble in the background of their family portrait.  It was very lovely. 

The world couldn’t have given me better weather.  We could see for miles and just enjoy it all.

It was one of those rare perfect days.  Even the traffic was nothing comparitivley. 

Once home we showered and invited Christine over again for another night of hanging out, while Brian was out. 
Great Day!!!

Ah!! Massachuesetts!!!

Oh yeah, I had finally settled in alright.

I woke and needed to go to our favorite spot to relax and chill in the mornings when we lived in MA.  I headed out first thing for Otter River.  One of the oldest National parks in the US.  My little secret hideaway.   There is an enormous tourist attraction forest not two minutes up the road from this spot and poeple have to pass by this one to get there but no one stops in to notice it’s tranquil beauty and its superb rangers and camping grounds.  This place had Yurts!!  I little river flows through this Park and has two spots along it’s widest spot to swim in. Ice cold spring water.  The color of rust from the rivers bed.   It is usually quiet and deserted.  Just the way I like swimming holes.  I got there before the park rangers, but I was used to that.  We used to come here everyday during the warmer months to swim first thing in the morning, until lunch time.  That is when a couple of families might have shown up.  This was my ultimate turning point for this vacation.  I was really getting a chance to have fun and enjoy myself.  I sat in the sun while the kids tortured themselves in the freezing water and digging huge!! holes in the beach.  It was lovely.  We petted dogs being walked by and took a little walk to the dam and looked at all the plants in the garden bed.  It was lovely.

We left the beach around 1pm and went straight to our favorite store to see any deals that we wouldn’t mind particpating in.  Joblots!!  is a subsidiary of Ocean State srtore, such as BigLots.  This store carries all the mostinteresteing items for such littlemoeny.  We found all our Bobs Red Mill Flours and Mixes for our Glutenfree eating at least half off the regular price and some blets to help hold up our pants and some reading and activity books.  It was fun!

Afterwards was hit  a new smoothie shoppe!!  You heard me a Smoothie Cafe!! in Gardner, MA.  I was floored.  It was lovely withfree Wi-fi, comfy couches, fresh fruit and yummy foods for lunch and breakfast.   We each got delicious smoothies for lunch then headed back to the house.

Shortly after we arrived, we headed back out to have a visit with my sister, Sharon.  We hadn’t been able to meet up yet and the boys really miss her.  So we hung out for a while in Newbury Comics before we went over to the Theater to watch “Ice Age Three” .  That waws a funny movie.  Really cute.  It was good to see my sister, but she didn’t have much time to visit.  She was very busy with school and work.  It was a good time.

First Swim of the Summer!!

On Friday May 22nd, we were very fortunate to have the most fabulous weather yet!  We were also very fortunate for having been invited to join another homeschooling family in swimming in their families pool.  We traveled to PA to meet them.  We had a great time.  I brought knitting to relax with and games so the kids could play when they were taking a break from playing in the water.  I met some really lovely folks and got to swim a little whilst the children weren’t looking!  It was fairly relaxing.  Of course, T. was still T. so we had to deal with swearing and hurting himself per any outing, but it was mostly a good afternoon.  I am very thankful as this really helps set the tone for the rest of the season for me.  I really just love being poolside/lakeside and relaxing while the children swim.  One of my favorite activities.

Swim Playdate

On Saturday we found a great local resource for Swimming all year round.  Greene Community Pool.  If only folks actual were told about this and encouraged to go.  That little rant there is another story, but we found our way to this lovely little spot and enjoyed ourselves for two hours swimming with our good friends the Rayne family.  T. pushed himself to float a few times and did lots of jumping into the water.  He called one in particular his Pencil Dive!  He even did a few under water back flips with me.  If only I can get him to stop holding his nose all the time.  I know he can do without it, but he seems to forget all the time he has practiced this in the tun in the last year.  B. had a good time playing ball and having races.  I even got to swim a little which was nice and something I really miss doing.