Monday, May 4, 2015

Our Spring Vacation Week

 Hi there! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. The weather here was lovely, and we've spent tons of time outside. Rich and I were on spring vacation this past week, so we've been having lots of fun and taking a break from the busyness of school. This is the first vacation in two school years that I haven't been taking a grad class, so it was so nice to not have to worry about writing a paper instead of playing. :) I had several things on my to-do list this week, and I was bound and determined to be productive, but have fun too.

I started my vacation week off with a trip to JoAnn Fabrics, to use my expiring Teacher Appreciation coupon. I ended up picking out some supplies to make a bright and cheerful spring and summer wreath to replace the more wintery one we had hanging on the inside of our front door. You can read more about that project here. Wandering the aisles of a craft store first thing on a Saturday morning was a perfect way to kick off my week.

Vacation week typically also means we bring Lucy to the vet for her annual check up. You know, when you're scared of strangers, it's not any fun. And I'm not talking about me. The struggle is real- the evidence is here... Hiding under me in the waiting room. Heaven forbid another patiently waiting dog mom wants to say hello, that just can't happen.

Fortunately, Lucy's week wasn't all bad. We also took a trip to my parents' for the day, where she played with her BFF, Sophie, all day.

We love to take a day during our vacations to take a day trip and do something fun. In February, we went to North Conway for some lunch and shopping. This time, we decided to take a bit of a longer drive to Freeport, Maine. The only time either of us had been there was on the way home from our honeymoon in Bar Harbor. Rich was starting a new job the next day, and a big, wedding-filled mess was waiting for us at home, so we only had a few minutes.

We had such a fun day in Freeport. There are many different outlet stores there, at least one delicious restuarant, and one of Rich's favorite breweries with cases of his favorite beer which can hardly ever be found here in NH. I picked up a navy and yellow cross body bag from G.H. Bass, which I'm in love with! It has a yellow clutch inside, which is attached with a snap. I also grabbed a teal, lined raincoat from the North Face outlet.

Close to the outlets, we found the Maine Craft Distilling tasting room. I was totally drawn in by the room's decor, which I really loved! It was a neat place with a pretty neat business model, using as many local ingredients as possible.

Rich had scoped out online reviews for restaurants in Freeport, and chose the Azure Cafe for a good lunch spot. He made a great choice- it sass delicious!

We stopped by the Maine Beer Company, to pick up a case of Lunch, one of Rich's favorite beers. It was a neat place!

We will definitely go back to Freeport!

This week, we also did a ton of yard work and gardening. We had quite a bit of leaf blowing and collecting, raking garden beds and the lawn, plant trimming, and planting to do. We haven't done any annuals yet- usually I wait until the nights are a bit warmer, but we had some perennials (tulips, tulip bulbs, and hens and chicks) to plant, and I had a ton of work to do to clean up the gardens. It was a lot of work, but it was well worth it! The lawn, new veggie garden, and flower gardens look so much better. We have so many things popping up, and buds on all kinds of plants! I have a post coming with more about our flowers, but for now, our just-about-there daffodils.

I'll share more about our gardens soon!

One of the week's highlights was the year's first backyard fire. There's just nothing like relaxing in the backyard, listening to the peepers (little frogs that make peeping sounds, if you don't have peepers where you are!) and sitting by the warm fire. The evenings are still quite cool here, so that warmth is needed!

We really had a great week! Are you a teacher who was on vacation recently? What did you do?


  1. I am in serious need of a vacation, haha. It looks like you had a perfect relaxing little break! I always find vacation time gives me that extra time I need to get all the jobs that have been sitting on my to-do list for months done!

    1. Kristy, thanks for stopping by! Our break was so appreciated, that's for sure! I agree- tackling a to-do list makes me feel so much better!

  2. Looks and sounds like a fun vacation to me!

    1. Thanks, Pam! It was a great break before the last, busy push of the school year. :)


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