Good Morning from Maine!

I was up super early this morning and planning to write a long, newsy email about our vacation so far, but then I got distracted editing my Facebook page (they’re rolling out a new design that I really like!), reading a news article, and updating my newsletter subscription pages, and suddenly it’s time to get ready for church. Isn’t that always the way???

Before I do that, I’ll share a few pictures from our trip. My husband has been taking tons.

We left last Friday and drove to Massachusetts where we stayed for a few nights with family. Then we made our way on up to Maine on Sunday, where we always stay at my family’s place on a lake near the Bar Harbor area. My mom was here to greet us, and my dad joined us a few days later. It’s been fun catching up.

The views are stunning. I love sitting here in the house, looking out at the lake and listening to the loons. Here are some pictures my husband took one night at sunset. That’s our house over there on the right.

sunset on Green Lake

The adirondack chairs are a new addition this summer, and we love sitting out there enjoying the view.

JL adirondack happy hour

The girls love playing on the rocks.

girls on the rocks

We’ve spent most days right here by the lake, but we did drive down to Bar Harbor on Friday to go on Diver Ed‘s Starfish Enterprise. It was really fun. He takes groups out on a boat in Frenchman’s Bay, where he puts on a wetsuit and scuba gear (and explains it all to us as he’s getting suited up) and dives down into the ocean and brings up sea creatures to show his audience.

He’s a bit of a nut, and the kids are all invited up to see and touch the animals. My girls even got in on the fun once they warmed up to the idea. My son, at 16, is way too cool to go up and hold the animals, but he enjoyed the show.

becca lobster

caroline starfish

Afterwards we ate lunch in Bar Harbor, and then on the way home we stopped at the Trenton Lobster Pound to pick up live lobsters to make for dinner. The girls always get a kick out of that.

Other than that, we’ve been pretty lazy. The kids love to ride on the Bandwagon. I go along reluctantly to spot. I’ve always had to fight my natural inclination to fear the motorboat. I know it’s probably safer than driving a car on the highway, but it just feels so vulnerable. They have a great time, though, and it’s worth it to see them enjoying the water and each other without an electronic device in sight. Ha!

bandwagon 2

This morning we’re heading into town to church, and then I think Paul and I are going out to dinner this evening. We always try to fit in a date night while we’re up here and my parents are available to watch the kids.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!