Monday, August 31, 2009

Out takes...or Mom, enough with the Pictures!

Kara's a good little picture taker (she wasn't always!) but here are a few from our vacation that, for various reasons, didn't turn out so well.

And here's one that Kara set up (that's her favorite stuffed animal, Sleeping Beauty) and took:
I think she's enjoying her ride :)

Pt. 5 of New Hampshire trip--The drive home

On our way home from New Hampshire, we stopped at Niagara Falls and Erie, PA.

We thought that after liking the falls in New England like here and here, Kara would love the HUGE Niagara Falls.

And she did, but whenever we asked her how she liked it she said "I like Justin's waterfall better."
Here's the Maid of the Mist:

There is a pennisula by Erie that has a lighthouse at the end (our original destination).

The lighthouse was a private residence so we couldn't get very close, but the beach was such a find. It was beautiful. And Kara was so happy to go to her second beach. A wedding was just ending as we walked up.

As soon as we got in the car she said "Now can we go to my third beach?"
And, finally, one of my favorite pics of the week...our sweet girl sitting where she sat a lot (her car seat), doing what she did a lot (smiling!)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Pt. 4 of New Hampshire

Really, this wasn't that long of a trip, but we packed a lot in!

The final day we visited the Vermont Country Store.

There was lots to see and do and smell and taste.

After that outing, we got to go to Spofford Lake and Kara had her first* time at a beach. She played a little in the sand and a lot in the water.

Then we took a boat ride on a VERY fast speed boat. I didn't get a lot of pictures of that. I mostly held on to Kara really tight!!!

That night, our hosts planned a great meal for us: Maine Lobsters, clams and steak! Here's Mrs. Mousette showing Kara two of the lobsters (I think there were 20!)

Here's Kara's reaction to Mrs. Mousette naming them and pretending they were talking to each other.

Kara also got to feed the clams. I learned that if you give them cornmeal the day before, it replaces the sand and dirt in their stomachs. Interesting..

It was a very delicous meal. They served the lobster with melted butter, but Luke and I didn't think it was needed. The lobster (and clams and steak) was soooo yummy!

*Kara's been to a beach before, but she doesn't remember it so she doesn't count it!

Tomorrow...last installment of our New Hampshire trip--The trip home!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Pt. 3 of New Hampshire Trip-Pulpit Falls

I actually should be calling these posts our New "Hampster" trip because that's what Kara called it.

The second day we were there, Justin took us to "pulpit falls." Supposedly, D.L. Moody would preach there. It was about a 15 minute walk from the road (with a four year old) to a beautiful waterfall.

I didn't get very good pictures because Kara was on mossy rocks and I was just a bit nervous!

Plus the mosquitoes decided I had the best blood, and got me about 17 times on the legs (I'm not exaggerating..see?)

Here was a dangerous bridge that I didn't cross, but Luke did holding Kara...
Here they are on the other side of the bridge. I took a few pictures and there was a bug flying around. Kara went to swat it and poked her dad in the eye instead. Ha!

It was a beautiful spot. Kara loved it. She also loved jumping!

She got a little heated doing all that jumping. We were glad to get back into the air-conditioned car.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Pt. 2 of New Hampshire trip

I'm calling this our "New Hampshire" trip but really we visited lots of places in New England. This day we spent in Massachusetts.

We started at Pothole Falls. (Those holes in the granite were made by the falls.)

Then watched some glass blowing. Finally, we walked over the bridge of flowers. BEAUTIFUL!

And all that was before lunch! We ate lunch at the top of a mountain. It was maybe my favorite part of the trip.
Finally that day, we visiting the "Scenter" of New England...Yankee Candle. There was so much to do there, I can't even explain it, so here are some pictures.

I didn't get any pictures of us smelling the candles, but oh, that was heavenly!!
Kara's favorite part was the room where it "snowed" every 4 minutes.

What a GREAT day in New Enlgand!!! Here's our family with Justin and Colette, our friends who used to live in New Hampshire. We were hosted and treated to meals and tours by their families!!!