moments from the week

Harvey and Zion swimming under the Old North Bridge

Concord River swimming

Moments and images from the past week.

Lijah smiling with lamb hat and sword

battle lamb in a cute moment

kids by the banks of the wide Concord River

day camp outing destination

Zion with a perler bead heart sticking to his chest

his heart

Harvey closing his eyes, a big bug on his nose

it landed on him; he was patient while I took the photo

Harvey and Zion playing a board game on the rug, Lijah watching

his lamb hat is appropriate for the farming-themed game

Lijah sleeping on the couch

5:30 am nap

Harvey sharing a book with an instant friend at an outdoor concert

friends in five minutes; didn't exchange names

the three boys wading in the river

refreshing river water

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moments from the week

Lijah standing on a sand castle at Walden Pond

towering over babies at the pond

Moments from the past week.

Zion gave himself messy hair at the pond

beach hair

kids wading in a stream with bike helmets on

off the bikes for a moment

shirtless kids doing chemistry experiments at the kitchen table

warm-weather science

Lijah sleeping in the stroller, holding his pig

sleepy at the farmers market

Harvey and Zion swimming in a very blue pool

pool party

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blogging break

I'm going to take a little time off from writing here to try and catch up on some other things. I still hope to post pictures, though! I'll probably be back at the writing so soon you won't even notice I stopped.

back to our Cape house

The end of last week we were on vacation on Cape Cod. That's the sort of thing you can get away with when you have a house to visit there. We had two lovely summery days and one foggy rainy one, and we attacked all three with vacation energy.

Mama and Lijah walking on the beach

vacation

We got to Truro after lunch on Thursday, and spent most of the afternoon on the beach. Unlike last time, the water in Cape Cod Bay was plenty warm enough for swimming.

Harvey and Mama waving from the ocean

ocean wave

Besides spending lots of time in the water, Harvey also got to practice keeping the acrobatic kite aloft. Grandpa appreciated having someone else interested in it.

Ira helping Harvey fly the kite

grandfather-grandson bonding

Zion's role was to launch the thing again when it crashed, which he enjoyed. He and Lijah also made sure to take plenty of time to just sit and relax.

Zion lying on the beach, Lijah sitting wrapped in a  towel

comfortable

The next day was cloudy and drizzly, with serious rain in the forecast. Harvey and I brought our bikes; thinking we wouldn't want to miss better weather with the family later we figured a damp morning would be the perfect time for a ride and headed out. Our first big stop was Welfleet center, where of course we visited the toy store.

Harvey with the bikes outside of a toy store in Welfleet

we got somewhere

Then we explored a woodsy path that led us just about to Rt 6; seeing it we figured we might as well try the other side of the Cape and see if we could make it to the Atlantic Ocean. We did—not that we could really see much when we got there.

Harvey playing in the ocean waves on the foggy beach

who needs sky?

At least it wasn't pouring rain, though the drizzle that had started up as we approached the beach led us to change into our swimsuits a little early, to save our clothes from a soaking. We had the beach to ourselves, and we played in the waves and watched a seal swim just a few yards away, but we didn't stay long—I was a little worried the skies would open. Naturally, soon after we left the beach the rain dried up and started to get hot as we picked our way towards home. It ended up being a 14 mile ride—here's an approximation of our course—and Harvey did great, even with all the hills he had to walk up.

After lunch at home the torrential rain showed up, but by dinner time it was clearing up again. How about another walk on the beach! Rascal swam and swam, then decided he was done.

wet Rascal relaxing on the misty beach

he got all his exercise already

Saturday we started to get bored with playing in the house and going to the beach, so we went out for a hike. Unfortunately even the hikes on the Outer Cape are pretty beachy.

Harvey and Zion walking on a path by a dune

a new kind of hiking

Great Island in Welfleet is a lovely place, but it wasn't quite what our tired kids were looking for—especially when the flies started biting. So we beat a retreat, a little acrimoniously. Never mind, on the way back to the car we got to see two tortoises and five hundred fiddler crabs, and watch the tide race in, which cheered us all up immensely. Well, almost all of us; Lijah actually fell asleep in the carrier.

We had planned to meet Grandma and Grandpa in Welfleet for lunch—with our hike ending early we had some extra time, and while Leah relaxed with the sleeping boy and an audiobook the bigger boys and I set out to explore Welfleet Harbor. Only we didn't get very far, because we had to build a sandcastle strong enough to stand up the incoming tide.

Harvey and Zion working on a sandcastle

it's working!

(We actually did it, too; on the way back to the car later we saw we had built it right exactly on the high tide line. Beat that!)

After a lovely lunch we did explore the harbor, and Zion decided he was in love with the waterfront. I know the feeling. He and I at least felt pretty relaxed and vacationed at that moment.

Zion sitting on the rocks by the harbor watching the sea

he likes it

(Unfortunately then we had to go back to the house and pack up, which didn't go as well as we could have wished. But we made it home, and we learned some lessons for next time! Which might not be for a while... right?)

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moments from the week

Harvey flying a kite on the beach

taking flight

Moments and images from the past very busy week.

Zion and Nathan posing on a bench in the woods

hiking buddies in repose

Lijah gingerly feeding a goat some celery

not too sure about the goat's table manners

Lijah smiling in a little red chair

at a friend's pool

Harvey, Zion, Lijah, and Julen posing with red white and blue Italian ice

bought with the slush fund

Lijah and puppy Tovi on the beach

little boy and little dog

Harvey standing atop a dune bluff over the foggy atlantic

a great beach day

Grandma and Grandpa walking with boys and dogs on the beach

grandkids and dogs

the boys on the stone quay in Welfleet Harbor

down by the harbor

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