While Taylor was visiting the twins and I (obviously) had to show her our favorite parts of Charleston, and of course this included the HIstoric Downtown!
She brought two of her dogs with us, Crash and Boris. Boris is her personal favorite dog (pictured left) and Crash is a puppy she's training as a demo dog (pictured right)
We ran the dogs through several different little "drills" right on the sidewalks in Charleston, the distractions were perfect for training.
We were (endlessly) stopping to try and get photos of the dogs actually paying attention.
This ^ was what they gave us mostly. Getting both dogs to pay attention at the same time was quite a challenge. I (kinda) got a few good ones...and a bunch of silly ones!
Our walk took us right through the middle of the Historic district on King Street, my personal favorite. There are so many beautiful places here that it's impossible to actually choose a favorite - I just really like King St. because there are so many shops and restaurants and amazing buildings!
We met lots of dog-lovers who insisted on petting Crash and Boris (who were very happy about it) and also plenty of other dogs....these meetings were interesting. We finally ducked onto a side street for some shade, and also to get the dogs away from the crowds.
We turned around about halfway down King St. and headed back via a different route.
As usual...no outing would be complete without handstands from Megan.
We had so much fun visiting with Taylor....and (so excited) she rented a house while she was here!! I can't wait until she's down here more often!
Until the next adventure....cheers!
Every year for as long as I can remember my family has taken a trip to Piper Mountain Christmas Tree farm in Newburgh, Maine. It's only about 30 minutes from Bangor, and not only do we get to go out onto the tree farm and pick our own tree - we cut it ourselves too! (Not sure why this is a plus, but the guys do this part so I've never worried about it)
As soon as you drive in there's a little stand where someone gives you a bow-saw, and then you get to choose from several different lots and walk around to choose the perfect tree.
The first (and best, in my opinion...even as an adult) thing I remember about Piper Mountain, is they have wagon or sleigh rides! I've always loved horses, so any excuse to hang out with them is good for me. We don't really do much with the wagon/sleigh rides anymore, but I love to see the horses.
Most of the time we spend at the tree farm now is spent playing with the girls, and hunting through endless rows of trees for that "perfect" one.
The dogs who accompany us (believe me....there is always AT LEAST one dog with us) are always changing - this year Dad brought his dog, Havok, and Taylor brought one of her little ones, Crash.
Eden was pretty sure she could be as tall as the tree she wanted - almost!
Don't expect any of this family to be serious for longer than a minute or two!
Can you even stand that cuteness?! Esther rather dominates the photos at this point, but once her little brother shows up she'll have to relinquish her position as "cutest & littlest".
I'm pretty sure we paid more attention to the dogs and the little ones than we did to actually finding a tree!
Dave and I didn't get a Christmas tree this year (first time for me since I bought my first house almost 10 years ago) since we're moving soon - so we had a good excuse. Everyone else was just easily distracted ;)
And FINALLY Mike found a tree! At this point (we'd been here for at least a half hour..) Adam and Melissa still hadn't found their perfect tree, so we ventured up to a different lot.
My turn with Esther! I (gladly) handed my camera off to Dave for a little bit, so these next few photos are courtesy of him. :)
See Dad, attempting to take charge of the wandering group of tree hunters.
See tree hunters completely ignore Dad's charge attempt and be their silliest
Finally Dave (and baby) lead the group across the street and on to our next task....finding Adam and Melissa's tree!
We failed at finding a tree suitable (aka - good enough for Adam's standards...which means he ought to just buy a fake tree) ;-) in the other lots, so we just took some family photos instead.
In the end Dad & Mom got a tree, and Michael got a tree, Dave and I found a pretty wreath, and we had the chance to be fools with each other and run around a tree farm. Success!
We ended our whole trip with a cup of hot apple cider & a homemade doughnut in the store - best tradition ever.
Our family has been renting a cottage on Higgins Beach in Scarborough, Maine every summer for nearly 20 years. We LOVE it. We only have the cottage for a week, so we make sure and pack as much sunshine and beach time in as we can!
This year Dave and I weren't sure if we'd be able to go (ya know....all that wedding expense, etc. we didn't think it'd be in the budget) but one of our dear friends took care of our portion as a wedding gift so we could go!! It was so nice to be able to go, since this is our last summer living in Maine.
Our first full day at the beach, Sunday, it was off-and-on stormy - we still had a great day!
Dave's parents were able to come spend the day with us on Sunday, such a treat! Everyone in the group is an old friend now, since our wedding trip in Mexico. :)
Sunday at Higgins was a ton of fun family time, yummy sandwich smorgasbord, and some great beach time, despite the scary sky!
The week flew by....honestly I don't know what day the rest of these photos landed on! We hung out on the beach, played LOTS of games, and ate a TON!
Megan has a bit of an obsession with handstands - considering I have more upside-down photos of her than right-side up photos. Her little obsession turned into quite a few "Handstand-Off's" on the beach. It was hilarious!
One of the highlights of the week at the beach was a game Dave introduced us to (introduced to him at his bachelor party by some of his best dudes in PA) called KanJam. Do yourselves a favor - buy it! (KanJam, you're welcome). It's SO much fun, and makes for some hilarious photos! Just FYI, it takes a little bit of practice to get anywhere near.
The first half of the week was amazing....we loved every second on the beach, rainy or otherwise, and had some great laughs. We played plenty of KanJam, and inside we played a bunch of card games, including Cards Against Humanity. Hilariously inappropriate, but we enjoyed ourselves. :)
Friday we had the twin's BFF Nicole with us, so we played more KanJam (obviously) and enjoyed more beach shenanigans.
We decided the jump photos were fun, so once the sky cleared a bit we decided to take a few more of them. :)
I thought it'd be kinda cool to line them up and have them all jump out different directions....it KINDA worked. :) The fail photos are always my favorite, obviously.
The second try was a little more successfu
Dad decided to join in with our little jumping routine....at least kinda. He didn't like our simple jumping....so he improvised ;-)
Since this may be our last summer in Maine for awhile (we're not quite sure what our life will look like for the first few years in the south) we were really happy to actually spend (most) of the week at the beach with the family.
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