On Tuesday we returned from a week long trip to visit family and friends. Lunenburg, Nova Scotia is an amazing place to live, but getting anywhere from here is ridiculous. We are sort of at the end of the earth. We started our trip with a 10 hour drive to spend a couple of nights with Tony's sister, Amy, near Bangor, Maine. I swore I would never stoop so low as to let my child watch T.V. in the car, but if nothing else parenting teaches you humility and I have come to eat those words along with many others. For Dusty it was a DVD extravaganza and there is nothing better to that boy than having Mom and Dad buckled up in the front seat, unlimited T.V. and plenty of snacks. We basically did not hear a word from the child. From Maine we headed across to Vermont by way of the white mountains in New Hampshire. This is one of the most beautiful drives I have ever done in my life. Our mission in Vermont was to visit my ex-husband, his saintly wife and their 3 month old baby girl. I see the question marks in the air, but for those that don't know me well, I have the unique situation of being very close with my ex-husband. Karine, his wife is the best there is and I just needed to see the little mini Evzen. Yes, Tony is a saint as well, but he has said many times over that I am too high maintenance for just one husband. So, baby
Emma- Rose a.k.a Evzina is beautiful and the 2000 miles of driving was worth it just to get to walk around with her in the baby bjorn. We took a trip to a great little town next to Burlington. I think it was Richmond, but I'm not sure. We hung out for a few hours at a beautiful spot by the river. Dusty was in his glory (as you can see in the photo) He immediately stipped down and got into the water. The temperature was appropriate for polar bears, but my child likes to take cold baths, so it was just right for him. Karine fell asleep with her face in the stroller and I so remembered that feeling of complete and utter exhaustion. I did get to go into this wonderful gallery in Burlington called Pine Street Art Works . That's where we took the photo of Dusty in the little car. The owner, Liza, was wonderfully patient and talented and I think she will be carrying some of my hats in the fall. We also had a great visit with my friend Ursina and her family who came to meet us there from Massachussetts. From Vermont we headed to Montreal for about 24 hours to see my aunt, eat bagels and get a small glimpse of culture. That part of the trip was definitely too short, but it's hard to do it all. While I was gone I got an etsy order from Romania. Pretty wild. Each flower on these little fascinators is made from a vintage, one of a kind handkerchief. This is the little beauty that is headed across the sea. Our drive home was nothing short of arduous. It took us two days and the DVD player broke down from over use. We got feel what it's really like to be in a car with a 5 year old for 2 days. We made it, though. It's a great feeling when you get home and it really feels like home.