Monday, August 22, 2011

Impressions of a day on the Cape

Entrance to the cottage where we visited the Johns family.

The pond at their cottage where the kids swam.

Relaxing inside.
Thanks to Chet, Emily and Maddy for sharing your paradise with us.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Dear Cape Cod, you had me at hello

We had the pleasure of starting our vacation in Osterville, Cape Cod, Massachusetts with JP, Megan and Joseph at the lovely home of the Pless family. I LOVED our time there. They have bikes a plenty, a beautiful kitchen, magnificent yard and excellent location- about 1/2 mile from the beach. :) The only thing that wasn't perfect this week was that Esther was not with us. She spent a week with her auntie Steph, uncle Larry and cousin Laurence. I missed her, but am really happy for her to have independent time with her extended family. Thank you Stephie and Larry!
She requested that we take a pic of the Cape Cod Potato Chip lighthouse. And we did. (See above). We also toured the iconic Cape Cod Potato Chip factory. Click to visit it yourself. :)
My favorite spot in Osterville was Armstrong-Kelley Park, a 10 minute walk from our house. It is a public park that has been privately funded by the citizens of the town. So, it's unlike any park I have ever seen.
You could build fairy houses,
visit a fairy house,hike a little,
and quench your thirst for verse along this special path, lined with poems.
I found this one by Robert Frost. I love the idea of a boy
"too far from town to learn baseball
whose only play was what he found himself,"

CC wanders along in the Garden of Verses.
At the end of the path is a pristine wooden train that draws children like magnets. It was built in memory of a little boy who died too young. What an amazing way to remember a child.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Let the school begin!

Having made their lunches, packed their backpacks and laid out their uniforms, Robert and Esther awoke early this morning full of excitement for Day 1.
As you will see below, we had plenty of time before school for the taking of photos. :)

Esther had the following words to share with you about this year. There are thoughtful pauses, but I assure you, the entire video is worth a view. . . .

Monday, August 8, 2011

A bouquet for Dustin and Anna

found the above bouquet on my new addiction site, Craftgawker. Made my own.

The bouquet recipient, Anna Kimmell, took this way to cool for school shot of the bouquet. xo

Monday, August 1, 2011

Getting there 2011

We did it again. The Burlingtons traversed
South Carolina
North Carolina
New Jersey
New York
Rhode Island
New Hampshire
Maine. And back.

At the Inner Harbor in Baltimore.
Really cool bike racks Baltimore!
On the morning of Rob's birthday we dined at Lucky's in Wilmington, DE. GREAT breakfast diner food, mid-century design, and wikki stix for the kids! Wikki stix- brilliant. But who liked them more, me or the kids.
My breakfast with wikki stix creation in the background.
Happy and full.
Did I mention the wikki stix?

We then drove to North Kingstown, Rhode Island where we stopped for a birthday party at Jen's house. AND for a 6 cousin reunion on the front lawn. There are 6 mini-Burlingtons now. What!!!???
Check out Rebecca's luscious hair.
Boy cousin to boy cousin.
Esther with the newest cousin, Joseph Novello Burlington, a.k.a. juicy sweet yummy baby that we all got to squeeze on vacation.