I hate when vacation comes to an end. For a busy mom, there is nothing more amazing than a couple of weeks out of the fray. But on the flip side, re-entry is an awful thing.
As you read this, I’m on my way home from Rhode Island, and I’m immensely sad. There is no place I love more in the world than a tiny little town called Weekapaug. My dad has been spending summers there since 1938. I’ve been going for summer vacations my whole life. I don’t think there is a more beautiful place on earth.
Here are a few pics to give you a sense of why I’m so depressed right now.
There’s nothing like spending vacation with your kids. I don’t see them much in Weekapaug, however, because they’ve made so many friends — just like I did when I was a kid.
Mom can’t make it to Rhode Island anymore but Dad loves it there. He spent two weeks with us reminiscing about old times.
Here’s a little bit of sibling bonding. After the family photo shoot, Lilly and Jonah took off across the golf course for the pond. Not sure why, but it sure made a cute photo when they were coming back.
Every day we rode our bikes to the beach. We have a beach box on the boardwalk where we keep all our beach stuff — chairs, Boogie boards, etc. — so we don’t have to carry it back and forth. The beach boxes also make a great picture. Beautiful, don’t you think?
At home, it’s all sports for the kids but on vacation in Rhode Island, we fit in a bit of the arts. Here is Jonah in the final production after two weeks of theater camp. The play was “Aladdin” this year, and he was Narrator No. 2. He did a great job. That kid can sing!
You know how hot it’s been in Maryland these last couple of weeks? It was pretty hot in Rhode Island too. But after a swim in the ocean and a Del’s Lemonade (a local specialty), I was almost chilly.
Taylor Swift lives in the next town over. Here’s her house. I took this picture on an early morning bike ride. Looks like she’s getting ready for another pool party.
Just down the street from Taylor’s house is one of the oldest carousels in the country. I loved riding it as a kid. If you are on an outside horse, you can reach for rings and if you get the brass ring, you get a free ride.
Here’s the view from our porch the last night we were there. This is my favorite place on earth and my favorite view. This picure will have to tide me over until we can come again. I am so blessed.
FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein, who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 17, Lilly, 15, Adam, 15, and Jonah, 11.