a trip to maine

The highlight of my summer, so far, is a trip to Maine with my mom, Libby, and my husband, Michael. We went to see my brother’s family. They are building a cabin – which is a whole other blog post.

DSC_0098 (2)Here I am with my niece, Emily. If you ever have the chance to listen to a reggae concert while floating and drinking, I highly recommend that you do it.

DSC_0121This is Emily and her boyfriend Gaelen on the porch of the place we stayed. The lawn in the background was where the concert was. And the lake is directly below the porch. We spent a lot of time on the porch.

DSC_0097We saw (and heard) lots of loons. A trip to Maine isn’t complete without loons.

DSC_0124There was canoeing – this is husband Michael and niece Julia.

DSC_0127Coming in for a landing – note Julia’s helpful tongue.

DSC_0130Stuck it.

DSC_0139And there was dancing. On the porch. To loud music. At night.  Here, mom, Emily, sister-in-law Lisa, and Julia and her girlfriend, Emma, got caught. We were all guilty of said crimes.

It was a great trip.

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happy birthday to lauren

On March 30th,  my eldest turned 28. She and her boyfriend came down from Brooklyn to celebrate last weekend.DSC_0022Here’s birthday girl, Lauren, with our formerly feral cat, Brippy. This picture was taken in the middle of a party. Brippy has adapted.DSC_0021This is my youngest daughter, Laney, and Brippy. Laney is the one who tamed her with love and attention and time and treats. When Laney comes home from college, Brippy will often play hard to get – punishing her for her absence. But Laney is the only one who gets this melt down head-on-the-shoulder hug.  DSC_0016This is my son, and Laney’s twin, Patrick. Oh, and Riley. Riley knows how to seek out the best sofa/pillow experience.DSC_0019Here is a quick shot of some family members at the party. I don’t usually include family photos; we’ll see if I get the business.DSC_0013My brothers in law made this amazing onion bread for the party. Spike and Daniel recently moved up from Florida and we are so happy to have them so close!DSC_0010Here’s my new favorite thing – the cutting board Spike and Daniel gave me. It’s a cut from a tree of theirs. Pretty awesome. Oh, and those rosemary bar nuts? Amazing!