we had a fantastic 2 weeks in Vermont with my parents.
they both have houses that are too small to comfortably fit our family of 5 plus my sister so this year they came up with an ingenious solution: my mom and her partner and my dad and his partner each rented a 'camp' (Vermonter for cottage) on the lake for a week. (we had stayed at one of these cottages in the fall for my dad's wedding)
:: ate a lot of ice cream and delicious food
:: went blueberry picking
:: played croquet, board games, swam in the lake, canoed, sailed, kayaked, paddle-boated and floated in inner tubes, and read a lot of books
:: had some great family time
:: went hiking
:: i met up with a friend from high school i hadn't seen in 20 years
we were trying- in vain- to get the kids to take a photo of us...(don't our legs look EXACTLY THE SAME!?)-
:: went to the Shelburne Museum (one of my all-time-favourite museums- i wrote about it here last year), the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, the Rokeby House, and the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory and watched a meteor shower from the dock
:: had a family reunion with two of my dad's sisters and lots of family i hadn't seen in way too long
and ... my mom and her partner got married! it was their 3rd 'ceremony'- (they had already had a commitment ceremony and civil union- but since Vermont recently legalized gay marriage they officially tied the knot)
it was very small and casual- the cutest part was that the bride and bride wore matching "Life is Good" t-shirts.
congratulations Nana and Nanny!
thanks Mom and Dad! and Nan and Bill and Auntie Mar! we had a great time.
now we are enjoying the last days of summer...