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Maine’s House

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Tomorrow we head home from our mini vacation. We’ll wait for the snow to slow and pack our belongings and head back to real life. To the calendar {which I’ve vowed not to overfill this year}, laundry, grocery list, the chores. We’ll head back to our flannel sheets, coffee cups that seem made for the grasp of our hands, and the possibility of creative projects and endeavors. Even though it’s only been a few days, home is calling. It always does.

We spend quite a bit of time up  here throughout the year. It’s where our family gathers. Summer beach trips, Christmas extravaganzas, family reunions and get togethers. It’s my inlaws second home {our second home as my father in law likes to tell us}. Fynn calls it Maine’s house. I like that.

This time was the first that we were here without them. And it felt a little lonely, even with the noise from the kids and the neighbors. My mother in law has a way of making this place home. She brings out decorations and special touches that they keep hidden from the renters. I tried, but it wasn’t the same.

Our visit this time was different, but actually quite lovely. Yesterday we had the company of good friends and conversation, babies and laughter, take out and trips to the pool. We opened the doors to make memories of our own here, and the day ended with heavy sighs and the best nights sleep we’ve all had in… months. As the snow fell this morning the kids and I packed up and met up with a new friend and her family, who I already knew was a kindred spirit. We chatted and played, the morning passing quickly. {If anyone is wondering, Jo is wonderful. Warm, sweet, and can make a fabulous latte! It warms my heart to know she’s within driving distance!}

The day continued with the kids refusing to nap, a little movie watching, an early dinner, a trip to the pool for me and my water loving son, and then an early bedtime. All welcomed with open arms. I’m looking around at the quiet condo, Lucas and I sprawled out on the couch watching the Celtics. Sippy cups and snack bowls scattered, toys under the chair and in the lobster trap {sorry Papa… we’ll get them out!}, diapers in the dryer and swim suits hanging in the bathroom. While they’re not pretty or decorative, it’s possible our touches made this little condo a home for the past few days. As we unpack tomorrow, two states away {where else but New England can you drive an hour and pass through two states?}, we’ll hear a faint call from Maine’s house.

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Christmas Prelude

Every year the wonderful people of Kennebunkport Maine open their hearts to visitors to celebrate Christmas Prelude. I believe it’s a week long celebration, including tree lightings, caroling, parades, art festivals, craft fairs, cookie decorating… the list could go on and on. We ventured up this year with the kids and Lucas’s parents {who attend every year} to see what sort of festivities we could partake in. While we didn’t last long enough to make it to caroling at the Monastery {an amazing experience that we have yet to do with the kids…} we had an incredibly fun filled day taking in the snow filled Maine air.

We started at the Seashore Trolley Museum, where we were able to hitch a ride on a refurbished trolley from the early 20th century

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Then we headed into Kennebunkport and spent the rest of the afternoon, early evening, wondering around town, seeing the sights, feeling incredibly festive atmosphere, enjoying each others company. It struck me so many times during the celebration, the people were so nice. Everywhere. Each restaurant we were at, in the streets, at the museum. Everyone was in a good mood, even with the chilly temperatures and the snow falling. But then again, how could you not be in a good mood when it feels like Christmas? The flickering lights against a backdrop of snow could not have been more perfect.

There is no better place to celebrate in December than the coast of Maine.

I’m left a little speechless from it all. I caught myself a few times with tears in my eyes, because it was simply wonderful {not to sound too cheesy….}. So overcome with emotions, having my children experience these precious moments, traditions, that will live on with them through the years.

The kids were asleep before 7 tonight, which shows how exhausted they were from the weekend. On our way home we picked up a tree, and decorated it this evening. We are sleepy, a little weary that tomorrow is Monday already, but are filled with the joys of the season. Here’s to the rest of December being filled with songs and words celebrating the birth of Christ, cookie baking to bring smiles to our faces, and magic to fill our eyes with wonder.

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