I wrote “August Update” as the title, but I really want to talk about something that happened last month. Aaron, Kayla and I took a trip to New England for my good friend Bonnie’s wedding around the middle of July, and of course we had a blast!
We were able to stay with some college friends (Jen & Joe & their new baby, Tyler) at the start of our trip. They were incredibly hospitable and good to us–what a way to start a trip! We drove across part of Canada on our way out to the Boston area, so we spent a few hours at Niagara Falls before continuing the long drive. We stayed one night in Syracuse, New York, and then arrived in the Boston area (our hotel was in Danvers) the next day.Since I was in Bonnie’s wedding, the next few days were filled with fun wedding stuff: a girls’ night, a sailing cruise with the wedding party, the rehearsal, dinner and post-party, and then, of course, the wedding itself.
Everything was beautiful, and it makes me so happy to see these two wonderful people brought together by God and starting a life together.We spent the day after the wedding right in Boston. It was hot and muggy, which made it hard to walk around and enjoy things, so we ended up taking a Duck Tour. Kayla charmed everyone on the tour, and then also the people on the train as we headed north to our hotel.The next morning we left for Maine for a couple days of camping in Acadia National Park. I won’t go into the details of getting locked out of the van (or all the other random events of our trip), but we eventually arrived safely at our campsite with just enough time to set up the tent and make a quick dinner before it was dark. We spent the following day exploring the park (it was amazing!) by driving, hiking and swimming.
We were quite adventurous on the way home and decided to add a few more states to the list, so we drove through Rhode Island, Connecticut and then into New York City. We had a couple precious hours in Manhattan (it was an experience we’ll never forget), but then we had to say good-bye as we continued toward home. We hit one last new state–New Jersey–and finally arrived home the afternoon of July 23.
So that was our trip in a nutshell! Kayla was a champ and traveled well. She even overcame her fear of swimming pools and bodies of water; it just took introducing her to the ocean. Then she kept asking to play in the “wa wa” over and over again.