boating at Uncle Al’s

We go to ‘Uncle’ Al’s (he’s the uncle of a friend of Andrew’s from work) one day each summer in August to enjoy boating and relaxing on Cranberry Pond, which is–literally–a stone’s throw from Lake Ontario. When we started, there were no kids, and some of the couples weren’t even married yet. We were carefree and only worried about how many times we’d gotten to tube or water ski. Now, the littles outnumber the adults easily and it’s all arms, legs and lifejackets all over the place.

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alexandria 2.0

We just returned from our second trip this summer to Old Town, and it was well worth the two days in the car with a toddler. Alexandria has become a ‘happy place,’ of sorts, for me these last couple years. It’s a destination I associate with motherhood, as I started joining Andrew on his trips just before and during pregnancy; my favorite thing to do while we’re in town is hit the 529 Kids Consign store, sometimes more than once. Alexandria a place I can see old friends, like Betsy and Phil, and my parents. The hotel in which we stay each time is now familiar, the eateries are exciting, and the outdoor spaces are full of energy for both young and old.

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my first overnight

My first night away from Maelle was decidedly anticlimactic. Since becoming a mother, I’d assumed there would be tremendous dread and anxiety associated with that first trip away from my baby girl. I imagined tears–both hers and mine–shed as I drove off.

Nope. Instead, I got a half-hearted ‘bye mama’ as she pranced around in her jammies, ready to play with papa all day.

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