I am happy to report our second week of vacation was very relaxed. We had a day at the zoo, a day at Patriots training camp, a day at the beach, a day at the county fair and a day of good old-fashion play.
Every summer we go to the Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro, Massachusetts. This is a small zoo, which is the charm. At large zoos the natural habitats for the animals are so large that small children often can't see the animals. Not a problem at Capron Park.
We spent a lovely few hours in Attleboro and then headed home to rest.
For me, Patriots training camp the following day consisted mostly of entertaining Baby Anne while everyone else went to the Patriots Hall of Fame and looked over record-breaking crowds to see a bit of the scrimmage. I'll move on to beach day, which took place in Narragansett, Rhode Island--a favorite of our family. Baby Anne and I found a spot for our blanket in the sand and watched as Meg and Clare jumped in the waves with daddy.
Once the girls had enough of the beach (fair-skinned, redheads can only handle the beach for so long), we headed to Aunt Carrie's (a restaurant, not a family member) for chowder and clam cakes.
On Friday morning we went to the Washington County Fair. This fair is a family tradition for my husband's family. Until a few years ago we still ran into his cousins showing cows at the fair. It remains just great old-fashion fun. We visited the animals.
Meg and Clare rode a bunch of rides (as did I since Clare wasn't tall enough to ride many of them unaccompanied).
After buying our doughboy, cotton candy and Del's lemonade, we had some pioneer photo fun before heading home.
On Saturday morning, the girls and I headed to Connecticut to visit friends. This dear family--I've known the parents since college--have four fantastic kids who serve as honorary older siblings to my own children. As the parents and I caught up, the kids took off to the wooded area around their home. I would see Meg and Clare, dressed as knights, running across the yard periodically. They were guarding their territories and even had homemade flags to mark their territories. They played and played as kids should.
We finished our trip with a visit from family members we had not seen in awhile and by attending a parish picnic at the parish we go to in a Rhode Island. We said goodbye to the immediate family and headed out. Truly a lovely vacation.