|The boys made full usage of their umbrellas every time it rained.|
There are many attractions to visit within an hour drive of my parent's place. However, we often find the simplest things are the best. This child-size stage in the woods is always a big hit. It's right next to a playground, but you would never know it if you followed the boys' beeline paths to the stage.
One of the official attraction we did visit this year was the Mystic Seaport in Connecticut. It is my favorite living history museum because the atmosphere is very low-key and all the hands-on activities have a high degree of new-ness. Sail setting, anyone?
Or perhaps some boat building?
Or maybe we'll just wade out in the water and catch something.
Below would be a hermit crab.
We also went to the zoo in Providence. I gushed about the number of trees in the zoo. Ah! Shade! Feels like such a novelty!
So I occupied myself by taking funny photos. See? Swans boats.
There was also some hair cutting, just because grandma does such a great job...
and there was some hair styling by apprentices. Thank goodness my brothers are good natured...
because Noah and Mattias played long and hard with an old Lego monorail which – we would discover in the process of assembling – is a collector's item. Amazingly, my mother didn't vacuum up all the pieces. Do you think I should have her guest post about how she managed that?
Oh, yes, and then there was this: a birthday party for my father.
All in all, it was one awesome trip that kept me from spending too much time obsessing about the things in Colorado that I can't control. Although, I'm happy to be home and looking forward to a less eventful and more reflective September.