Wow, I am really do bad at my “once a week” blogging goal, aren’t i? So sorry about that! Fall easily becomes one of our busiest times of year. We love the cooler weather and therefore try to schedule a lot of mini adventures for the fall. Mix that with the start of school and new activities along with guests loving to visit New England in the fall, and our schedule fills up quickly!
Thankfully we’ve been getting to do a lot of stuff we enjoy. I think I mentioned before that my aunt and uncle, Jan and Jeff, came to visit a couple of weeks ago. It was so fun to show them around Providence and Rhode Island and to just get to hang out. Since they live in Raleigh, it’s very hard for us to get down there now whereas when we lived in MD, it was an easy long weekend trip for us. We’re grateful they took the time to hop on a plane to visit!
It’s best to say we “ate” our way through Rhode Island with Jeff and Jan. We had perfect weather and even got to enjoy some volleyball and badminton in the backyard. After they tried to re-purpose our soccer goal as a net, I decided it was time to upgrade. So we found one of the last volleyball nets at Target, and Jeff and I had quite a time getting it up. Who knew it would be so complicated to put some stakes in the ground?
The next weekend, we focused on our yard. After the gas company tore it up when installing the gas line, we had a lot of leveling and seeding to do. In the process, Jeremy pulled up quite a few stones. East Greenwich is a very rocky area! Jeremy probably could have dug and dug all day and come up with enough stones to build a wall. But he had to stop or else our whole yard would have been torn up.
What is fall without a little campfire and s’mores? The kids really wanted to camp out in our backyard last weekend. I was up for it even though it would have been cold. But I also was relieved when Jeremy talked them into a sleepover in our bedroom instead. At the very least we could provide a campfire, though.
The highlight for me, though, has to be our little getaway to Maine. My mom’s friends have a cabin up near Bristol, and they offered it to my mom and us for this past weekend. It was rustic, but a perfect place to lay our heads at night after enjoying all that Maine has to offer during the day. Unfortunately thanks to horrible traffic Friday night and a windy rainy Sunday morning, we only got out and about on Saturday. But we packed it in!
It was a tiring but wonderful day. It could have been capped off with more fun in Portland, but Mother Nature had other plans. Oh well – just gives us something to do when we go back (hopefully soon!)
Funny that I feel we’ve enjoyed a lot of fall activities and yet fall just started 2 days ago. Since it’s my favorite season, though, we’ve got to start early to pack it all in. More adventures are planned… Fall is fun! (especially in New England!)