We did something new-to-us yesterday--traveled an hour and a half to Lake Winniepesake to meet some of Andrew and Katherine's college friends for lunch and some lake fun. It was such a nice place--we had lunch at a restaurant right on the lake called Town Dock, then went to a public beach, where there was a lovely swimming area. Sandy bottom, no sludge, crystal clear water, waist-high for the kids at the deepest point. L&G had of course brought Equestria Girls, but they actually played with real kids too--two of the kids there were little girls age four and six, and the four-year-old had brought a big bag of My Little Ponies as well as an Equestria Girl of her own. It was a beautiful lake. Definitely a place to return to.
We got home around 6:30pm and went immediately to our cousins' house for cocktails. I was worried about the kids being a tired mess--but they had so much fun. Our cousins brought out some toys they'd saved from their own kids' childhoods, and Lucia, Greta, and Thomas played happily the entire time we were there. It was a very nice visit, sitting outside, even though it was too foggy to see Mt. Ascutney.
L&G collapsed as soon as they got into bed.
Katherine, Patrick, and Thomas left this morning, sad for all of us. The kids had a lot of fun together this week--so nice for the cousins to have time together, just like L&G did with Luca at the beach. They only have two cousins; it's important that they get to be close with them both.
We took it easy for most of the day but headed out for some blueberry picking late in the afternoon. We went to a different place this year--the same farm where we get pumpkins every October. The bushes were packed with berries. L&G were so excited. Usually Greta is the one eating her weight in berries--this year it was Lucia. She expressed a desire to live on the blueberry farm. Greta expressed her gratitude to the blueberry bushes as she picked berries--"Thank you, tree!"
A little over a week from now, school starts. All the tiger lilies and black-eyed Susans by the roadside are dead. I love fall but transitioning into it makes me queasy and anxious.