We’re Poolside

and I am blogging…Is that crazy? Actually I am perfectly justified because I can do whatever I want on vacation. Ella has turned into a jumping, splashing, swimming underwater fish. She has been in the pool for about an hour now and shows no sign of waning.
I took this picture last night. After a wild rainstorm we got to enjoy this sunset.

The rest of them-just a glimpse into our week so far…

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Homeward Bound


This will be our view this time tomorrow. I put to bed two very excited little girls tonight.
What we will be doing this week.
1. Soaking up time with all the Roe Family. Niece, Nephew, Bros, Sisters, Dad, Holly and Great Grandma Roe.
2. Bonfires
3. Smores
4. STINK!
5. Reading on the patio
6. Coffee and breakfast on the patio
7. Chalk on the patio
8. Swimming in the lake
9. Swimming in the pool
10. Swimming all the time says Ella
11. Breakfast at the Cherry Tree
12. Ice Cream at Molly’s Trolley
13. Sand Castles on the Beach
14. Strawberry Picking
15. Old MacDonald’s Farm
16. Kayaking
17. Did I mention reading on the patio?

And most importantly…being with my loveys. We will be on the road in the morning. May be checking in over the week…but maybe not. Yeah! SUMMER!

Funtown Splashtown

Funtown Splashtown USA-the summer home of so many of the kids in my school. I wasn’t going to go when our PTO offered a reduced rate trip, but then all these families spoke up about going and it felt doable if not even fun. OF COURSE, as we pulled into the parking lot, in followed the OOB Bus with a load of Rec Camp kids. Oh well…still much fun.
There wasn’t much time before Ella was in and soaking wet. This was probably taken 30 secs after getting there.

Molly and Andrew.

Some of the crew. The little girl on the end is Molly Mason. No lie. She was born a week after our Molly. She is a pistol.

Ella and Chloe

Lauren, Ella and Chloe

Mrs. Morneault was there. What a treat!

The whole gang waiting patiently to head over to Funtown. Wow! What great kids. They all played together so well. I even like their parents.

A thunder storm helped get us out of the park. I was so ready to go. I felt my skin starting to get crispy no matter how many layers of sunscreen I added. After some ice cream we headed home. It felt absolutely like summer today. And to top it off, as we walked over to our neighbors to pick up a package we found the first ripe blueberries of the season and they were OH so good. Nice!

Everyone but me

I must have had a crazy year because I never remember vacation feeling this good. Don’t get me wrong because I always loved me my vacations, but this one feels especially luxurious. Steve would probably agree I am a much nicer person to be around, as of late. Which of course makes us all nicer to be around.
Natalie is with us this morning and we had hoped to go Strawberry picking, but thunder and rain prevented that from happening. So instead we rolled down to Portsmouth to Joanne Fabric and Macy’s to get some errands done. Of course at the fabric store I did not find what I was looking for, but found a lot of fun crafty things for the girls. And then at Macy’s we hit the clearance rack for a bunch of good finds for the girls and even Steve got lucky with two new bathing suits. The man has lost a lot of weight and is looking good. And after getting many stares of both sympathy and frustration I dragged my wild crew out to the car and went home for lunch.

Here are the girls busy at work while I make lunch. Ella is doing “quality work”. So says she.

This is what our kitchen looked like today. I have to remember that cleaning IS part of the vacation life. We are reading Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle right now and the second chapter is the Won’t Pick up toys Cure…if you haven’t seen us in a couple days can someone please put some crusty bread with peanut butter through a window with a rake.

So here is the beginning of the placemats. I love the flower fabric. I have to figure out what to use for the edges…I looked for ribbon today but I didn’t find anything I loved. These are going to the Netherlands. Do you think making placemats means we will become friends and we can go visit this woman? Am I in this for the wrong reasons?

This is for me. Just a great song. Makes me happy everytime I hear it. I am pretty sure I sound awesome when I sing it, too.

Family Day

Ella always gets excited when Steve and I are both home and we can have “Family Days”. Before school was winding down we had the chance to buy Red Sox tickets from one of Steve’s co-workers and of course lo and behold we had two things come up for that day. Because Steve is ALWAYS working when these events come up we decided to fore-go the game and hang out with the locals. So we sold the ticket to a friend of mine and his wife and they had an awesome day and we headed out to Ella’s t-ball bbq and a friend’s summer solstice bbq. We had a great day.
We started out the day with some treasure hunting. I found some napkins I LOVE! I am sure they are homemade.
The girls each ended up with some treasures-Molly found a three pack of Angelina Ballerina Puzzles-and Ella got a butterfly pin she wore all day!
I did a little weeding…look at my lovely succulents, Holly. Should I move them from their box? They seem so happy there.

T-ball BBQ was a mad-house. Seriously seemed like there were 150 people there…if not more.
Ella immediately fell into her buds arms and was off…
Steve spent some time at dinner with his buddy-Aren’t you a little curious about why they look like they could be related…This kid can hit. We have no idea where his family was, but we loved having him join us for the meal

The whole reason we were there—the presentation of the trophies.

From here we went to our friends and it was perfect. Good food, good beer, and I didn’t take one picture because it was too much fun. And I wore my skirt and got TONS of compliments and got to tell everyone, “Yeah, I made it.” Off to tear my hubby away from the Wii. Not sure that was the best idea for a Father’s Day gift…;)