Monday, July 4, 2011

first fourth.

To celebrate James' first Fourth of July, we decided to make a weekend trip up to one of our most favorite places: North Conway, NH.  This time, it was just the three of us so we prepared ourselves for a relaxing vacation.

For starters, Joe decided to mow our lawn before we left so we didn't come home to a overgrown nightmare.  I think he mostly wanted to test out his Father's Day gift...
We didn't get to North Conway until Friday night but James was able to stay awake long enough for us to stop into Red Parka for some quick eats.  We woke up early Saturday morning and had breakfast at the cabin...James LOVED it there.  He was even more relaxed and cheery than normal - as if that is even possible!

We hung around the cabin for a while, Joe showed James exactly where we were on the map, and James explored his new surroundings...

We walked around the shops for the rest of the morning, took a drive north through the mountains while James napped in the backseat, and then stopped for lunch and, of course, more pics.

It was getting late in the afternoon and we knew James would need more than a 30 minute nap in order to behave through dinner so we took a swim in attempts at tuckering him out.  It worked.

Before dinner, we went for a walk to build up an appetite.  I'm not exactly sure why because none of us ever need any additional help working up an appetite.

Sunday was warm, muggy, and drizzly.  We wanted to take advantage of the break in the clouds before the rain ruined our day completely so we took a short hike near Wildcat...

Did I mention that James loved it there?
After our hike, we took another drive through the mountains - no real plan or destination in mind.  We spotted this little fella on the side of the road and stopped to chat.  He wasn't much of a talker but I'm pretty sure his name was Phil.

It rained for most of the afternoon but we took shelter in Flatbreads (yummmm) and then peeked in on the cupcake eating contest that was going in across the street.  I love cupcakes.  I probably love cupcakes more than the average person...but I totally wanted to hurl at the sight of people shoving those things down their throats.  The weather cleared up later that evening so we were able to walk around "downtown" and check out the antique shops and little craft fair they had going on.  Don't worry, Joe wasn't totally bored - there was a stand with a hundred different types of dip.

Unfortunately, both Joe and I have to work tomorrow so we headed home from New Hampshire this morning.  We stopped to take the token family shop but, once again, I was reminded why to just opt for my camera's self timer and not the sweet lady passing by - especially if she has hairy pits.  Our token family shot will not be posted online for the masses to view but here is one of James reflecting on his mini-vacation...
We made it home and are already missing our little break from reality.  James wasn't able to catch any fireworks on his first fourth and I thought about having him watch Boston's celebration on tv - but lets get real, I probably won't even be awake to see them.  On that note, I hope all of you had/are having a wonderful 4th!  If you aren't, watch this.  I hope it inspires you as it does me (inspires you to love & appreciate your country, not to do crack)....

1 comment:

  1. Aww, you've got an adorable little man! Looks like you had fun. Next year, give the flour stars a try. He'll probably love it. I bet baby powder would do the same thing, too.


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