Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Recent Thrifting Finds

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Child's wicker chair.
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Five brass electric candlesticks for Christmas decor. 
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Batman jacket for superhero obsessed Boy Wonder. 
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Sweater and jean shirt for Sinclair. 
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Shirt and pj pants for Luther. 
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A pair of gray and a pair of reg. blue jeans for me and a pair of jeans for Sinclair. 

Savers had their Columbus Day 50% off sale on Monday, so I took the kids in the morning. We arrived about eight minutes after the store opened, and it was already packed. I didn't even attempt to go down most of the women's clothing racks. I did go down the dress aisle and got into a verbal altercation with a woman who worked there. For the record, my children were obviously playing quietly off to the side, and the only people blocking the aisle was the woman and her clothing rack. 

That chair is totally adorbs. It's in the kids' room now but I think once we (read: Pierce) build them a playhouse outside, hopefully this spring it will probably go out there. I almost bought similar candlesticks a couple of years ago, but didn't and have regretted that decision every Christmas since we bought the house. Clothes are clothes, except for that Batman jacket--I'm teaching myself not to keep a stranglehold on his fashion choices, it was almost worth seeing the delight on his face when I told him we would get it.  

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

August Camping Trip in Maine

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Lunch at the Brunswick Diner on our way to  Orland, Maine.
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Fried Haddock Reuben Sandwich
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At our campsite in Orland, Maine. 
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Lakeview from the campground. 
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Grant Park view in Bar Harbor
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Peace vigil in Bar Harbor following the events in Charlottesville, NC.
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"Frisbee" game on the village green. 
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Side street in Bar Harbor
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Sand Beach at Acadia. 
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As a family, we hiked up to Bubble Rock.
The whole mountainside was covered with blueberry bushes and their early fruits. Sinclair gobbled them up as fast as I could pick them. 
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The solar eclipse occurred during our drive home. We pulled over into a field once it started and pulled out the solar filter we had brought along. We only had a partial eclipse in the Northeast, but it was still pretty cool. 
Joining us in the field was this interesting piece of art. 

In August, we took a four hour car trip, in the pouring rain, up to Maine to go camping with two families of close friends. On the way, we stopped at a diner in Brunswick where we had some of the best pancakes ever and a fried haddock Reuben sandwich that I'd be willing drive all the way back up for. Later we arrived at the campground and got settled into the rustic cabin we were staying in. It rained heavily the whole night, and we were so grateful to be in a cabin and not in a tent! 

The next morning we putzed around the campground; the kids enjoyed the playground, riding their bikes on the paved streets, and splashing around in the cold lake with their dads. After lunch, we made the beautiful hour drive along the coast to the town of Bar Harbor. It has a walking path that follows the coastline from Grant Park up to the main harbor, and it is stunning. I've never seen the fog roll in like that, almost like a blanket covering the dark pine covered islands. Dinner was all lobster then we wandered up the charming city streets. On the town green, we participated in the Charlottesville peace vigil, then had a frisbee game, of sorts, which ended in all the kids mobbing Piercen. 

The following morning, we got up early and headed up to Acadia National Park where we visited Thunder Hole and Sand Beach with our friends, then as a family we hiked up to Bubble Rock. Sinclair slept on my back in the carrier, but Luther enthusiastically walked the whole way up. At the top, we had a snack and took in the view. On the way back down, we sampled wild blueberries growing all over the mountainside. Back at our campsite, we had dinner, put the kids to bed, and gathered with our friends around the campfire for wine and conversation.

On the drive home the next day, we pulled off the highway to view the solar eclipse through our telescope's sun filter. It was only a partial eclipse in New England, but was still quite a sight.

I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting Maine to be like, but it was much more rural and country-ish than I was anticipating. We did drive through several seaside towns that were gorgeous and chock full of antique stores that I'd like to go back and visit. My favorite parts of the trip were getting out of our regular routines for a while, watching Luther ride his bike like a madman around the campsite, and bonding as a family on top of the Acadia mountainside. We also proved what we had expected to be true; camping is infinitely more fun when you do it with friends. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Luther Becomes a Kindergartener

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He chose this pose. 
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Our sweet Luther boy started kindergarten last week. He was excited about it and so confident, not nervous at all. He and Sinclair got themselves ready quickly, and we paused for pictures before starting on our way. Those Superman poses were all his idea. It takes about 10 minutes to walk to school, so we chatted as we walked and sang songs about starting kindergarten and ballet since Sinclair would be having her first class at the YMCA later. The school courtyard was filled with other new kindergarteners and their parents and their cameras.  I prayed with Luther, then his teacher came out, had his class line up, and off inside they went. Fortunately, I had brought tissues with me. Then Sinclair and I walked back home to get ready for our yoga and ballet classes. I was bummed and a little weepy through most of the morning so it was good to have those distractions. When Sinclair and I returned in the afternoon to pick him up, he came running out grinning from ear to ear: "Mama, I love kindergarten!"

Exactly what I was hoping to hear.