Wednesday, September 4, 2013

East Coastin

^^^Kennebunkporte Maine// George W. Bush's summer home in the background

Well we really hate that Ben's dad, step mom and 3 youngest siblings live so far away, we miss having them in Utah terribly, the only good thing about them living away is it is a pretty great place to visit!  We had a wonderful trip out East visiting them in beautiful New Hampshire with day trips to Boston and Maine.  When we visit there, it feels like we should always be doing something or seeing the sites near them, but as it turns out my favorite parts of the trip was just eating big dinners altogether and playing games together after the kids went to bed.
^^^Sunday Dinner

We made a rookie parenting mistake and took a red eye flight out there.  At around 4 am, when Everett was wide awake and crying at the Detroit Airport on our layover and I was trying to rock him to sleep in a public bathroom with the lights off we realized our mistake.  Neither Ben or I slept a wink that night making the next day a day of recovery for us (Everett too).  Other than that we were happy to step off the plane into the humidity with Ben's dad and two little twin brothers waiting to greet us!

^^^A red eye flight and a nice bald spot

The weather was so beautiful the whole time we were there. I only thought I would die of heat and sweat the first day but after that it was perfect!  We were so happy that Ben's brother Gab and his girlfriend Bri also made the trip out there so we could spend time with them as well.  (We sure did miss Sam and her family though)

We were planning on going to Montreal on the first day to visit all of Ben's aunts and uncles and grandmama, but due to Everett's ear infection, we decided we shouldn't risk the trip and his sweet Aunt Nancy and grandmama came to us instead.  I was so happy they were able to meet Everett, he is so loved by all our family and it is such a special thing to watch.

^^^ I call this one 'Ode to Everett' 

Ben's dad has a beast 15 passenger van that was our mode of transportation and although it could get pretty loud in there with 2 seven year old twins, a 2 year old and a six month old baby who hates his car seat I wouldn't have had it any other way.  We drove up to Kennebunkport Maine, a cute little seaside tourist town where George W. Bush's summer home was.  We toured the town, wandered around souvenir shops, bought way to much saltwater taffy, and drove to the ocean and watched the waves crash against the huge rocks.  It was an adorable little town and a really great day!

 ^^^THE VAN (Please ignore Ben's super disturbing face)
^^^Kennebunkporte (say that 10 times fast)

On Sunday (I was recovering from Mastitis so I wasn't much fun) but we had a big family dinner with all of the family including Everett's only great great grandma (nan) and after we all went outside and played a good ole fashion game of croquet on the front lawn, quite the gentlemen's game besides them 'sending' each others balls down the block.

We made a trip into Boston next.  I insisted that we all go to the new Shake Shack at Chestnut Hill because I had been craving it for a full year since I tried it for my first time the previous summer in New York.  It was all I had hoped for.  After that, we went to Harvard (Hawvad Yawd as the Bostonians say) and toured around Harvard Square, the bookstore and a little of campus.  It was really cool to see Harvard and I felt like I was in the movies!  We stopped at the Boston temple on the way back which is always so beautiful.

^^^Our day in Boston

You can't go to New Hampshire without a beach day, so we hopped in the big red van and went to Salisbury NH to the beach.  The water was FREEZING, so I was toes-in-only but everybody else did the full on head-in-dunk.  Everett put his toes in the sand, took a nice nap under the umbrella and some of us walked all the way along the shore line.

^^^Beaching it.

Gab and Bri left two days before us, so we made sure to send them off with a heaping pile of poutine.  For those of you who don't know, poutine is a Canadian dish consisting of fries, gravy, cheese curds and topping of choice and it is so delicious.  Fries and gravy, gravy and fries, a beautiful pair if you ask me.  That night we got to go on a double date with Ben's parents (and Everett 5th wheeled it) to Bertuccis for some top notch Italian food and some wonderful conversation (one of my favorite nights).

It was an amazing trip and we are already missing everybody.  I can't wait till we get to see everyone again!
I have said it before but I am so happy to have married into such a great family, I feel so welcomed and comfortable around my in laws and have so much fun every time I am with them.  Like I said, the best part was just staying up late chatting and playing games and of course sharing Everett with everyone.  Even though I had doubts about travelling cross country with a 5 month old baby, and we had two trips to Instacare (cha ching cha ching) I am SO SO happy we were able to make this trip. do the things we did and spend time with family.


Kimberly said...

Sweet post Cassie! My favorite times were the same!!! I love the "Ode to Everett" and I can't decide which picture is my favorite of Everett, the smirky smile with the poutine or the one with you two at Harvard when he is laughing! Thanks for this sweet post, maybe I'll just copy it on to my blog ;) Love you and miss you too!!!

Michelle {lovely little things} said...

I've never been to Maine, but it looks beautiful!

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