One of my favorite things to do each year is taking a vacation to visit my son and his family – and that grand-girl of mine, little Mackenzie Joy!
Ed and I drove north some six hours and arrived with hugs and kisses all around and much anticipation for making memories and family fun. Our first day involved some round the house fun as we leisurely settled in. Bike riding, crafting, and snuggling with PopPop were on the agenda.
I brought Kenzie a canvas bag and fabric paint. I had to assist with the decorating when I realized that she learned a new word. “GOOP” That’s what happened when she squeezed the bottle of paint by herself. She gooped it all over with lots of giggles. Really – we wouldn’t have had enough paint to finish the project if she kept that up. But, after three days of working on it a little at a time – letting it dry and then do some more – our grand-girl was quite pleased with the results!
The next day we headed an hour south to the Mystic Aquarium. What a perfect day we enjoyed!
It has really expanded in the past 30 years since I once lived in the area. In those days I was the mommy taking my little boy to see the sea lions and beluga whales. Now, he’s the daddy taking his daughter – and I’m the Nana.
Sigh of sentimentality.
The manta ray petting pool was a hit – if not a bit wet and slimy.
But, the big deal – I mean REALLY BIG DEAL – were the beluga whales!
Ed was fascinated with them. They truly were amazing to watch swimming so close – looking right at you!
The next day, much to my son’s dismay, I really wanted to head to Newport – about a 40 minute drive. Having lived in the area for about seven years, I was familiar with the habit of the locals to avoid Newport at all costs in summer when it is swamped with tourists. But, what a good boy – he loaded us up the next day and off to Ocean Drive and Brenton State Park for a picnic and restful afternoon by the sea.
With no sand! Just lots of green and perfect breezes for kite flying!
Oh – but the scenic views!
Ed and I did some exploring in the nearby ruins of an old estate stables and look-out tower. What scope for the imagination!
Before leaving Newport, we stopped at our favorite haunt – Kelley’s Used Books. Most of my library came from there, built during the years I lived in the area and was homeschooling my children. Precious hours spent touring the stacks in those days. My career bookseller husband was quite at home.
On the way home, we stopped in Portsmouth at a quaint Aquidneck Island ice cream shop next to the Old Almy House where I used to work when it was an Antique shop back in the 1990′s, we thoroughly enjoyed our cones and the landscape view across the street.
Kenzie’s cousin was celebrating her 5th birthday on Sunday so we had a grand time with the whole family at her party – which featured an amazing cake!
The Petting Zoo that visited was a big hit – with many firsts for our grand-girl! And some unusual feathered friends!
Waiting in line for the pony ride, Kenzie and Tommy made toddler conversation. Can you caption this photo?
The adults enjoyed the animals, too!
Chickens, bunnies, goats and cats . . .
Then, for cool down, Miss Kathy shared Flower Fairy stories and we went hunting for them in the garden.
Thanks to a few silk flower petals, chenille pipe cleaners, tulle wings and wooden beads just the right size for a fairy’s head – WE FOUND SOME!
Actually . . . we made them ourselves.
All too soon we were packing the car to return home to New Jersey. But, not before taking a couple hours at Mystic Village on the way, for lunch and a stroll through the shops. I just had to get a shot of the tea sets and china in the Irish shop!
It’s taken me most of this week to catch up around the house – and especially in Blogland since I’ve been taking a break from posting for all my busy. But, always with good intentions to record my adventures and share it abroad with much joy and more thankfulness for the Lord’s many blessings in our lives.
I’m looking so forward to a return trip for Kenzie’s 4th birthday later in August, driving up with my daughter and son-in-law. Poor Ed – won’t be able to join us then due to his work schedule. No fear – photos forthcoming on that score, too!
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