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Having written a summer bucket list at the beginning of our vacation, we’ve had a wonderful time ticking things off!
In July we managed to do loads, and had great fun in the process. August has been much the same :) The boys go back to school tomorrow and we haven’t quite managed to do everything… but we’ve had a brilliant time trying!
We’ve had more playdates and ridden bikes and scooters, played in the park and done lots more running. We’ve eaten good food and crisps and ice cream! We’ve been to IHop (again) and Fuddruckers and Burger King (but I’m not sad that we didn’t make it McDonalds). We’ve had lots more picnics, and managed one with cake!
We made it to Maine, visiting Fort Foster (post to follow) and we spent a few days in Cape Cod, having our first family camping trip. And, the 6yo went fishing with his dad! We’ve been to Breakheart Reservation and to some beautiful beaches (including the requested trip with Granny) where we’ve built sandcastles. We’ve done lots more swimming; in the pool, lake and ocean; so much so that I ran out of room for stickers! A fun afternoon was spent at the Ipswich River Park with bikes and scooters.
A rainy day day resulted in a trip to the cinema to see the Minions Movie and a visit to the Lego Store, but the fabulous weather means that other indoor activities will have to wait till fall! We did get back into Boston, ticking the Science Museum, Boston Common and some more of the Freedom Trail off our list. But we didn’t make it to the Children’s Museum or Legoland.
We ran out of time for a day trip to Davis Farm Land and Connecticut was a step too far! I can’t believe we haven’t been to Stone Zoo, a regular outing for us the rest of the year and I’m almost embarrassed that we didn’t visit the library, but with new books and kindles and a house full of favourites we just haven’t needed to, and we have read a lot (ran out of room for stickers for this one too!). We didn’t manage to get the boys new rockets built, but there will be plenty of time to do that in the autumn. And, Plaster Fun Time will also need to wait for a rainy afternoon!
All in all, it has been the most amazing vacation. Grumpiness has been kept to a minimum and we have spent so much time outside enjoying the sunshine. Being able to swim outside still feels like a wonderful treat to this Scottish girl, even though it’s the norm here.
The kids all being that little bit older has changed the dynamic and made for a much easier, simpler time. No stroller, no changing bag. Being able to just jump in the car and go, grabbing our ‘pool bag’ or ‘beach bag’ as we head out the door has been liberating.
For the first time, none of us want the vacation to end.
Best. Summer. Ever.