It's no secret. I love Maine, and I love being an aunt. I feel so lucky that my new job has the summers off because it gave me the freedom to go on adventures with my kiddos. I tallied up my visits to various places in Maine this summer, and I made seven trips! I'm so happy I had the time to spend with these cuties. This top photo is of my two brothers' kids and mine at South Branch Pond in Baxter State Park. The fact that all SEVEN kids are looking at the camera is a downright miracle. I'm going to treasure this one for always.
L to R Front row: Melanie, Laurel, Emma, Chandler, Aalia / Back row: Holden and Kenza
Sometimes this girl gives me an older cousin "Aalia" look, and this is one. They are both sweethearts and really enjoy each other's company. (Aalia is in the top photo all the way to right). Her dad and I look a lot alike, so it's not a huge surprise that two of our kids might resemble each other once in a while.
These photos are with Madden, our nephew on my husband's side, on Cliff Island, Maine, where we started our August road trip throughout Maine. Cliff Island is everything I ever imagined about coastal Maine á la Miss Rumphius and Blueberries for Sal... We roam wild and free all day long and eat lots of ice cream.
Then the kids and I went straight from Portland to my hometown of Patten for a few days. Here we are at Jo-Mary Campground with our band of kiddos.
And here they are at South Branch Pond. What love Emma has for Chandler!