November 2016

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Owen is the snuggliest little boy.

img_3156My crew.

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img_3258Chris went to a training in Massachusetts, and he invited the kids and I to tag along. The thought of being close to normal stores (Target) and chain restaurants was enough for me to agree. Our first stop was LLBean headquarters.

img_3274The kids loved swimming everyday.

img_3275Owen’s favorite part was riding the elevators.

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img_2868We had a good Thanksgiving. I forgot that tablecloths full of food and one year olds don’t mix. Also Christmas trees.

img_2869And fireplaces.

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img_2886I found this one Sunday morning.

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img_2909Sometimes I screenshot our text message conversations because they make me laugh.

img_2941Savannah was in the Nutcracker musical. She had a lot of fun but didn’t audition for the next play because the audition terrified her.

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October 2016

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img_2654The kids loved collecting acorns in October. They brought them home and then hide the acorns in our yard for our squirrels. They were concerned that the squirrels would be hungry because we don’t have any oak trees.

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img_2685The kids and I did a little trail in Trenton.

img_2726Lily and her witch’s brews.

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This was the hardest trail we have done. We wanted to go up Champlain Mountain, and meant to go up North ridge trail but couldn’t find the trail head. So we went up beachcroft trail.

It was very pretty with the leaves changing. Chris didn’t find it as challenging as I did, and I probably even struggled more than the children. I would still do it again. This is the last hike that we have been able to do, and I miss it.

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img_2863Owen helped himself to an apple.

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img_6107Halloween. Savannah found Rachel’s old Dorothy costume and tried it on and found out it was still too big. So she called Grandma and asked her to make a new one (probably my mom’s 3rd Dorothy costume). I was going to have Lily be the Scarecrow, even though she didn’t want to. But my mom made her Glenda. Chris made the Tin Man from a picture I showed him. And the Lion was one of Alex’s costume.

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September 2016

img_1952We started our Labor Day Weekend by going to the Blue Hill Fair aka THE Charlotte’s Web Fair.

(Crawford County Fair is better.)

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The next day we went to Baxter State Park.

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One of my friends told me about a 5 mile hike to a little waterfall. We decided to do it.

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img_1993We made it to the falls (after wanting to turn around several times).

We were all prepared to jump in after our long hike. Chris went first, his reaction to the ice cold water was comical (he told me I couldn’t share). I thought I was going to have to jump in to rescue him. Elijah was next. I almost chickened out but Chris said, ‘It wasn’t that cold.’ I jumped in and it was so much colder than I expected. I called Chris some choice words for saying it wasn’t that bad. Savannah went. And then Chris decided to jump again, because he’s crazy.

img_5077They rent canoes for $1 an hour.

On Labor Day we explored Schoodic Peninsula (another area of Acadia).

img_2068This bike ride was my favorite.

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img_2196Savannah is the best oldest child.

img_2234After our Anniversary hike. My hair was soaked from the fog.

img_2339Our garden yielded no fruit.

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img_2370Getting vacuumed off.

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Walking the carriage roads.

A house divided. Just kidding. Elijah’s shirt is a hand me down.

img_2569I avoided the harbor at all cost between August and October. So many people.

Owen has been the most mischievous one year old. He figured out how to open the pantry door and unscrew a Sam’s club size of vegetable oil all in one day. He was so happy to be splashing in that oil,  until I exclaimed my dislike.

July and August

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img_0661We had a squirrel come in the house when someone left a door open. Thank goodness Chris was home to take care of it.

img_0682Another black fly bite. Those bugs are the worst.

img_0718We explored Seawall.

Seal Harbor.

img_0766Lakes and beaches can be a lot of work for 1 parent so a lot of times I filled up buckets and called it good.

MDI BioLab had a family night that was pretty cool.

First real haircut.

I can’t remember what trail this was. But there wasn’t any rocks to climb over so the kids got bored quickly.

img_0899Four kids means so much crap for beach days. You can’t see the cooler (hidden under the heirloom quilt and I use as a beach blanket:) and beach bag.

img_0925Bar Harbor got really busy in July. Too busy. There were some huge yachts.

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img_1007Headed to PA.

img_1033We got to go to Moe’s!!

img_1038KJ and OJ! And mom’s ever growing picture wall.

Scott took my kids to the pool.

Amusement park with the family. Chris still talks about the wave pool.

img_1206I thought this was funny enough to take a picture of it.

Farmer’s Inn/Clear Creek

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Fun times with Grandma.

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Thanks, mom and dad. My kids are still talking about our trip.

img_1388Acadia Mountain for the first time as a family. It’s a difficult hike but manageable with children. BUT do not attempt to do it as a loop with children. Go back down the same way you went up. We made that mistake, it was very hard especially with a baby on your back.

img_1407Owen is the sweetest, most spoiled baby boy.

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More bike rides. We always stop to give the kids a break in the creek.

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img_1606Lily folding (rolling) her towels.

img_1638This might be one of our favorite spots in Acadia. I don’t know what its called but when the tide is coming in the waves over the rocks make the best sound. Very therapeutic.

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We had a baptism in the ocean and then the kids played afterward.

img_1781Squeezing some more fun out of summer.

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img_1832Back to school.

img_1923Enjoying two children at home.

 

Spring/Summer part 1

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img_9142Gorham; this is the kids’ favorite. The bigger the rocks the better.

img_9207Grandma started sending Elijah Pokemon stuff…. :/

img_9234Bubble Rock trail, not one of our favorites. But family friendly.

We were happy to be back on our bikes.

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It felt like spring took forever to arrive in Maine.

A foggy morning bike ride.

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When spring did finally arrive, it was beautiful.

img_9895The last day of school was on a Saturday…

So Chris and I really took advantage of only having two children and went for a bike ride.

img_9951The first of many bumps on Owen’s forehead.

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img_0080Our favorite spot, Echo Lake.

We live next to a river that is affected by the tide. Chris loves to go explore at low tide to find critters.

Another bike ride.

Black flies are terrible. Elijah’s ear got even bigger due to a bite.

img_0241Chris tried out a few recipes with his dutch oven.

img_0270Flying Mountain trail with church friends.

Sand Beach with Chris.

One of the most challenging trails we have done. So much climbing straight up a mountain. The view from the fire tower was almost worth the climb. :) I always seem to have a child on my back.

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img_0550Our favorite carriage road bridge.

This was another day that we didn’t have Savannah and Elijah home, so we did a long bike ride and then cooled off at Seal Harbor.

Summer according to Chris’ phone

The boys did Acadia Mtn for the first time by themselves. I wanted Chris to make sure we could do it as a family because it’s labeled difficult.

img_1174Chris loves the shoreline. I was expecting 95% of his phone to be filled with pictures of the ocean.

img_1182On the way to PA we stopped to stretch our legs.

img_1202Amusement park with my family.

My dad took the boys shooting.

img_1283McConnell’s Mills on the way home.

img_1310Acadia Mtn with the family. Lots of climbing.

img_1327The view from the top is pretty spectacular.

Helping dad wash the car.

img_1381Lemon face

I told Chris that my best angle was from above and he of course was a smart a.

img_1427How we got any sleep during Owen’s first year.

img_1489Savannah hiked the Beehive with Chris.

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img_1554I think this is Acadia Mtn again.

img_1671One day Chris called off and hiked Beech Cliff Trail while the kids and I were down there at the lake.

img_1819Winter Harbor. Probably my favorite bike ride we did over the summer.

img_1846My turn doing the Beehive. And we couldn’t see a thing.

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Spring 2016

img_4233_zpske9cd9mxMy parents and Alex and Gabe came to Maine for Easter. We showed them a few hot spots.

img_4243_zpswe8kss1lSand Beach

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img_4322_zpsx6x4tivuWe did our Easter egg hunt at Seal Harbor.

img_7972_zps8v6i5fduI had my first lobster roll when Mom and Dad took Chris and I out. It was delicious.

img_7537_zpsybpaxhhbI believe this is Cadillac cliffs/gorham trail.

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I have no idea what hike this was. It might have  been the time we tried to do Jordan Pond Path but took the wrong trail.

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We spent a Spring Break day at Sand Beach, even though it was very cold.

img_4401_zpspjiuso6zFor my birthday I asked to go to the temple.

5 hours in the car with these crazies. :)

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On Mother’s Day the rolls reverse and Chris tortures me for a picture.

Winter in Maine, so far

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We were able to go ‘home’ for Savannah’s baptism and Christmas.

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The snow melted and we went to Seal Harbor in search of sand dollars…

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mg_3288_zpstlf3ziokI wanted to make sure my new boots were waterproof.

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Chris’ birthday…more sledding.

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img_3513_zpspwrqjceaOwen’s 4 month pictures.

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And even more sledding pictures…

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I hope their enthusiasm for the snow lasts until March, at least.

Fall in Maine

I really got out of the habit of using my real camera lately, but I’m trying to use it on occasion. Here was what we did according to my camera after moving to Maine!

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img_2393_zpsumw3j8ciExploring Sand Beach for the first time.

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img_2457_zpsxbzgrcfrAcadia National Park

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img_2361_zpszpytpbu5This is the lake by the home we are renting.

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img_2462_zpslb8gcnhhWe had the most beautiful fall.

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One of the hikes we did. Unfortunately, the other hikes I only had my iPhone.

img_2614_zpsn4lpebydWe are just minutes away from the ocean.