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Rockport Roadtrip

As a Jersey Girl who has never been north of New York State, I was totally in awe of walking into the picture-postcard town of Rockport. It has a totally different feel than any NJ seaside town (no, I am not saying ‘better’, I am saying ‘different’) It is bumpy, hilly and oh so rocky! I am no history buff, but I honestly thought to myself ‘can you just see those pilgrims sailing up to this shore?’ It is cool to me to think that 400 years ago, our nation was born on that coastline.

I had the benefit of being accompanied by my dear friend, who is a native of Rockport. First line of business was beaches – three to be exact. We took advantage of one of the only good weather jags predicted for the week to see the best local beaches – and we loved them!

The town is quaint and full of cute little shops serving up everything from dog treats to beach sand jewelry, fantastic strudel to pewter creations, candy shops (plural), country stores and shops full of beach themed gifts.

There were enough rocky outcroppings to keep a bunch of kids busy for….well, a looooong time!

We visited Halibut Point State Park, which was a really neat place and we found a fabled ‘kid tree’ 🙂 We learned a bit about granite mining and took in some fantastic scenery.

We visited Salem, which I had wanted to do for a long time. It was as cool as I had hoped. You just follow the red line painted all through town and it will take you to all the sites. We did all the Salem Witch Trial stuff, visited a national park and peeked at The House of Seven Gables and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s house.

We visited The Paper House, ate at The Lobster Pool, played two games of candle pin bowling, stopped by the Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial and had a backyard-birthday BBQ. Did I mention we fit all of this into 5 days? ‘Just a Jewelry Girl‘ was an efficient tour guide!

As you can see – we were 2 moms and 7 kids. We did really well considering how badly we were outnumbered. There were some squabbles here and there, but they were quelled pretty quickly. We definitely made memories on this trip.

Ethan and Dennis did great home by themselves. I don’t know how much take out they ate, but the house was clean and the laundry kept up 🙂 I learned I could drive not only the 5 hours it should have taken to get to Rockport, but the 8 hours it took to get home. Now I know I can make it to Niagra Falls 😉 Stay tuned.

12~12~12 and Random Acts of Kindness

There was a little bit of buzz in our house as to whether there was an interesting way to mark the last repetitive date we would see in our lifetimes. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but we take any excuse to make a production. I had been coming up blank until I looked at our ‘Things to Do’ Board and saw ‘Random Acts of Kindness Day’ still hovering around undone.  Continue reading

24 Hour Reprieve

Just Jewelry Girl and I have been friends for about 14 years. We have so many opposing personality traits that we often ponder how we remain friends. It’s just the way we like it. We used to be neighbors and we are fellow homeschoolers. As much as I wish we were still neighbors, we’ve managed the years and miles just fine.
 
Gavin holding a birthday girl
impromptu jam session
looking for the chickens
I recently went out for 24 hours. I don’t enjoy making the 2-4 hour trek (depending on traffic) to Long Island, NY and back in one day. Ethan is able to stay home with Dennis and the two of them can handle thier schedules while I take a little jaunt off with the other three. You weren’t under the impression that Ethan likes roadtrips or changes in scenery, were you?

don’t worry – there were no flames
Sean smiles

doctoring a friend (we had to ask them to mop up the hydrogen peroxide
that covered the floor when this was done)

This was a nice trip for me. I can get sucked into my routines and at the moment, the house is begging for all types of attention – cleaning out of closets and organizing of ‘stuff”. I can do it all day if no one stops me – but this visit stoppped me. I just needed a reminder of how nice it is to take a break.

real flames for these two
rope swinging
chasing chickens
birthday present testing

The kids ranged in age from 13 down to 2. It is always interesting to see the pairing and then re-pairing of playmates.

shirt fighting?!

petting the pets

chicken pal

Just Jewelry Girl is a good cook, has great playlists on her ipod and has a quiet, dark, and cool guest room. Why don’t I go here more often?!

“I get by with a little help from my friends.” – John Lennon