Salem is a joy to visit . . .
After visiting the Friendship, Cole played on this stage, made to look like a hull of a ship.
A good opportunity for me to practice taking pictures of the little guy.
Pictures capture a moment, but video captures a scene . . .
We headed back to Salem later in the week and showed the Friendship to Mimi, Skip, and Papa
It is boat week, and there is a big boat that lives around the corner from us, the Friendship. We have walked by it a number of times, but never have boarded it . . .
Until now . . .
Colton and I headed out, just the two of us . . . when I head into new surroundings together I will often contain him until I get the lay of the land, so it was stroller-time for our little guy, while we journeyed to the Visitor Center for tickets. I patted myself on the back, as there was a lot of waiting while tourists asked questions. Having him in the stroller was brilliant . . .
Once we boarded the ship we were met by four young park rangers, who gave Colton his own junior shipmate pin . . .
He was not sure how he felt about it . . . me either, a pin on my two year old, but we smiled and held hands and ventured on board together . . .
I am doing a better job these days of letting him walk around on his own.
He is recognizing when it is ok to run, he is doing better and better at exploring appropriately . . .
And I have decided to embrace the next challenge, trying to photograph him in the spaces in between . . . I am not as successful yet, but we are having fun exploring together.
Cole LOVED the Friendship.
So scroll through this blog, and you will quickly find that these days are unapologetically revolving around this little guy:
In the midst of providing him with theme weeks, daily adventures, three meals a day, clothing on his back and all that it takes to orchestrate his days, Andrew and I took one night away.
It was just over 24 hours and it was such sweet, quiet time together that I need to pause and note that adventuring with Andrew is one of the greatest gifts of my life.
We headed up the coast to Maine. We ventured by ferry to Peaks Island and then toured on foot and by golf cart discovering an island with history and interesting architecture.
Houses on Peaks Island, Portland, Maine
We paused for our greatest dinner ever (as blogged about here), and stayed in a lovely Bed & Breakfast in Kennebunkport. We explored and rested. We played backgammon and ate entire meals without anyone throwing anything.
One day away was so filling and so realigning. We are a family who believes in adventure and retreat. What a joy when I get to do both with the love of my life.
Thank you to Mimi and Skip for making it all possible.
One of the highlights of the past year is that my mom moved to the area. Colton is now within an hours drive of four of his five grandparents – what a lucky little guy!
One of his grandparent’s, my Mom’s husband Skip, is a sailor. Skip provided a sweet little dinghy for Colton’s second birthday. This week, boat week, he brought us to see his new boat . . .
What a wonderful time of year to be out on the water . . . and in such a beautiful place. Everyone had a tremendous time . . .
Thank you, Skip for providing a tremendous afternoon for the Sharpteam . . .
especially this little guy . . .
To finish off Animal Week, we headed to the zoo!
We enjoyed York Wild Kingdom in York, Maine one year ago with Colton . . .
We had a great time once again a year later . . .
This is a preview of the theme for next week, we transitioned from one week to the next at the zoo!
We got word today… baby L will be heading home tomorrow to his grandfather’s house.
The Sharpteam is always in support of kids going to family in cases like this.
While sad not to get to love on a little one like others did for our Colton, we know baby L will be loved well.
Thank you for your prayers for him and for us.
Russell Orchards is a wonderful destination. It has yummy cider donuts and a little barnyard with animals kids enjoy seeing.
We went to Russell Orchards with friends.
This is Will, he is a year older and a head taller than Cole, and he is one of the nicest little boys in the world.
Will and Cole enjoyed interacting with all kinds of animals . . .
But even sweeter was the time spent together . . .
Thank you friends, for a lovely Animal Day!