Friday, July 30, 2010

New Hampshire and Maine

We spent 8 days in New England this month... I firmly believe all South Texans should spend a week up north around July or August. It was heaven, I tell you! Highs in the 80s, lows in the 60s, with 0 humidity!! Zero!!! My hair has never looked so good. My aunt has a house in a little ski/golf/lake community in New Hampshire and we had a mini family reunion. Mom, Dad, Matt, Elise, and I flew up from Texas. My cousin Bronson, his wife Ellie, and their children Nicholas and Julia (or Nick-Nick and Ulia as Elise calls them) drove in from Connecticut. My Aunt Judy and Uncle Jim drove up from Mass. and my 91 year old grandma flew in from Cleveland! It was such a fun week!!!

Elise was a total stud on the flights out. We opted out of buying her a seat, crossing our fingers there would be an empty seat for her. Yea right- when was the last time you flew on a place that wasn't oversold???? However, it didn't matter. On the first flight, the 3.5 hr flight to Baltimore, Elise was awesome. She sat at our feet and read her books. No lie. You wouldn't have even known she was there. Puppies make more noise than she did.
The second flight (just an hour and a half) she entertained Tompa (or was it the other way around?) Still as happy as can be.

Elise's first introduction to the beach!!! (Yea- so it was a beach on a lake... no matter... she loved it!)

Happy hour with Grandma. Grandma would give Elise her olive, just like Grandpa used to give me! Elise loved it and by the end of the week, Grandma was getting about 4 olives in her martini, just so Elise could have a few.
Elise's first golf cart ride. She was NOT a fan.
Kayaking on the lake!
Elise and her most favorite person, Tompa!
Elise and her Daddy.
Grandma, me, and Elise!
At the end of the week, we drove to Camden, Maine for my cousin's wedding on my dad's side of the family. It was such a coincidence that the 2 separate family gatherings were the same weekend in the same region!!! Camden is a stunning seaside town... I would love to spend a summer there.

GiGi and Elise looking at the boats before the rehearsal dinner.

My cousin Mark (the groom) plays in an awesome band and we got to listen to them after the rehearsal dinner. It was so fun!
Matt and me at the wedding.
In all, it was a wonderful, relaxing and refreshing week. I feel so blessed to have such a fun family (on all sides!) We truly love to be together and have so much fun. I only wish we didn't live so far away from one another. Until next time!

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