|Lea, with the dress she's going to wear for her Bat Mitzvah. It's a classic!|
|At the Arnold Arboretum|
|Learning to fish|
|The bravest one - she was willing to hold the fish first. Jax, not so much.|
|Hence why I am holding the fish in this picture.|
|The weather was on-again off-again, but cooperated for most of the day!|
|At Callahan State Park|
|A good day to find toads!|
|So. Hot. She didn't even mind getting a bath after we returned. What a good dog|
One of the "quick trips" we took in the midst of all of this has been up to Gilford, NH. Right on Lake Winnipesaukee, mom has had a condo there for the past five years. It's going on the market in the fall, so we wanted to make the most of the time that we had during our last summer there. Pete had to work (booo) so he didn't join us, but the kids, my mom, and my sister and her family were all there for a few days and we had a great time.
One of the best things about the condo is that it has a private beach right on the lake and it also has a pool right up the hill from the beach. The pool is unheated, so it is freezing. So freezing, in fact, that the lake is warmer. We arrived on Saturday and went swimming and took a walk down the nearby "scenic drive."
Sunday we head over to Gunstock Mountain. Gunstock has fun skiing in the winter, but they've done a lot the past few years to make it a summer destination as well. Last year they added a "mountain coaster" which is super fun. It's basically a cross between an alpine slide and a roller coaster. It's about a 3 minute trip being pulled up the mountain, and then a 2-3 minute trip back down. You can control your speed because you can break your individual car. Thankfully we got an all day pass because the kids just wanted to go again and again.
|Immediately upon getting off: "that was awesome! Let's go again!"|
|Even Elliott had a great time. I got a lot of "go faster!" when he rode with me.|
|Water balloon fight!|
|Not a bad place to have some lunch.|
Monday morning Gail and Fred took us someplace new - Heritage Farm - for pancakes. This place was awesome. It would take too long to describe breakfast, but suffice it to say that for a very reasonable price you can get a couple of huge and delicious pancakes in just about any flavor, and eggs, bacon, and homefries. So yummy. But the best part is that it's an actual farm, so when you're done with breakfast you can take your leftovers and feed them to the goats, chickens and pigs that they have around. It was a very fun and delicious way to spend a morning.
|Perhaps you can see the size of the pancakes? Check out Elliott's plate.|
|Butterscotch, the adorable calf I did not kidnap.|
|I also got to hold the goat. Definitely a highlight of the trip.|
|It's really a shame they don't get along.|
|Ice cream selfie!|
|I wonder if Elliott can see me?|
|I didn't kidnap this cow either.|
|Sure the hike was long, but at least it was damp and incredibly humid?|
And now, we're off to Maine! We leave tomorrow for a day with the Murphy family and then some time with friends in Portland. Once we return from Maine we'll have a couple of days at home before we take off for our big road trip in August. Wheee! So much to do and so many adventures to be had!