One of the perks of moving to Vacationland is that we get to be closer to Chad's family! Last weekend we were visited by Chad's Sister, Kylie, and her husband, Bacon, who live in Vermont. They were able to bring Chad's younger brother, Zebbie with them as well which was an excellent surprise as only a short time before their visit he had moved back from Seattle. oh and, yes... his name is Zebbie. well, Zebulon but some people have a rough time pronouncing his full name. :)
For the time being we only have one car (if you're inclined to pray please include this request.) so having them coming to visit meant a much needed escape from the home for me. The first place we visited was The Cordner's aunt and uncle Judy and Jim! Their lovely home is only an hour away from where we live... well, forty-five minutes if you ride with Judy but it took us an hour. we spent the day eating, (Judy is an unbelievable cook and baker.) going through her craft supplies and impressive completed projects, talking about home invaders and then taking a walk through the woods. next time we should rethink the order of those events.
Betty & Mama. Check out the old stove! it is definitely going on my wish list. I should have taken better pictures but Judy's house is filled with interesting things. I'm pretty sure I saw at least two spinning wheels (which will always make me think of sleeping beauty) and she's got lavender and herbs hanging from the ceiling and stashed everywhere. The first thing I do when i walk in her door is take a big deep breath. The smell of her house soaks everything that's in it - including Judy. It's always nice getting gifts from her because it smells like her home and all it's herbally goodness.
The next day we all visited Popham Beach state park. we took the scenic drive and it was beautiful! As I said before we only have one car so I hadn't been able to go exploring but after that drive I'm so excited to live in Maine. There were rock walls and old cemeteries and miles of coastline. It was beautiful. I remember visiting Popham Beach when I was younger but I'd never been in my full winter garb before. I'm excited to be able to go back in a bathing suit.
But of course no family visit would be complete without some sort of gluttony...
It was incredibly sad to see them leave again. Betty was asleep and when she woke up and they were gone she ran around the house looking for them. completely heartbreaking. that's why it's so great to only live 4 1/2 hours from them now as opposed to living across the country. I still really miss Alaska but looking forward to these visits is going to make it all worth it.