14 October 2012


My three least favorite words: Vacation is over.  What a week! I had every intention of chronicling each day as it ended, but as the days went by, I found myself too tired, too lazy, or just not in the mood.

But on the last eve of our fabulous week, as I just put you to bed, I recall all the silly, fun, giggle-worthy moments we all shared this week.  And there were plenty! (Except for Friday, when nothing was fun that day, but we'll get to that later.)

The week begin with a trip to Pumpkinland. We had heard so much about this epic pumpkin-filled place, we had to go this year.  We went with our friends and their little guy, your pal, Ashton.  You guys were pretty funny.  It was a great way to start the week! 

Tuesday was a gray, chilly day and was spent playing inside, then visiting the playground and library. One thing we learned about you today is that you have a little OCD going on with your toys.  We walked into your playroom and you had lined up any and everything with wheels.  Later, I put it all away only to find you do the exact same thing. Quirky! 

Then I found you doing a bit of light reading...

Off to the playground and some trail walking...you liked hanging on the swings. 

On Wednesday, it was once again dank and rainy. So typically October.  Not to be deterred, we went to the Rumpus Room, as that is always a great way to spend a not-so-sunny day. And you've been shrieking "Ball pit!" incessantly for awhile now.  Here you are, launching yourself into said ball pit. 

Rumpus also had a new toy...a car on a ramp that sort of was like a mini roller coaster. That just might be your new favorite. 

Then came Thursday. Finally--a most beautiful and perfect Fall day.  Onward to Boston--your first trip to the big city.  Our destination? The Children's Museum.  Daddy's first time too, but not me.  This was a place I had gone on many a field trip to in my youth, and I had memories dating back over 20 years of exhibits I had known and loved.  We had an excellent time...sadly though, nothing except the giant milk bottle that greets you at the entrance is the same.  

As you can see, we had a blast.  You did so many things! You looked at turtles, built with blocks, were on tv with Arthur and Friends, flew an airplane, chased butterflies, 
supervised construction, conquered a playscape meant for 5 year olds and up, checked out the woodshop, rode a rooster, joined a kindergarten class, and so much more.  Can't wait to visit Boston again with you! Next up, the aquarium?

And then came Friday.  Suffice to say, we got your haircut.  It was beyond traumatic, except the nice people at SnipIts in South Portland managed a pretty decent job, despite the fact that you were screaming your head off. It was just so sad for Daddy and me, because we didn't want you to be so scared but it had to be done.  I hope as time goes on, it gets better.  It was a trying day overall and basically by nightfall, we were glad to just have it over and done with.

Bring on Saturday! Another gorgeous day, and time for the Wolfe's Neck Farm Fall Festival! It was so much fun, and we were grateful for the beautiful weather nearing the end of our vacation.

Fun times. You: climbed hay bales, got your face painted (quite calmly no less), bawked at chickens, ran a hay maze, pet goats, talked to cows, ate a hot dog, rode a tractor, and played in the pumpkin patch before picking out the perfect one. 

And now today, Sunday, our final day, once again brought darkened skies and rain.  The solution?  Swimming at the Y! You had a b-l-a-s-t.  We're still in awe of how you fling yourself off the side of the pool in the deepest end and trust that we'll catch you (we always do) and don't even mind if you get your head dunked.  Swimming lessons are in your future! After swimming, we went for our favorite breakfast at Mae's, where you were quite the hit with the surrounding tables and waitresses.  Then it was home for a nap and some cookie time.  

Now it's Sunday night and you're long in dreamland.  We go back to the routine tomorrow.  But just think! The holidays are approaching! There is so much fun ahead of us and we'll make the most of all of it. 

As always, sweet Boo, this was the best week ever. 

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