Saturday, June 2, 2012

Welcoming summer with a road trip!

Hello!  I'm back from vacation and wanted to share with you some of the highlights.  Last Sunday we packed up our car and traveled three and a half hours to New Hamphire. The husband and I are no strangers to road trips.  In the past we have driven all the way to Florida and back, so three and a half hours to New Hampshire is no biggie.  As long as we have food, a loaded IPod, and a charged up DVD player for our third passenger, we are A-OK.

We usually do this trip a little bit later in the summer, but we decided to go early this year.  I said goodbye to my peonies knowing that when I return they all would be open, blooming in the sun.  I was right : )

This year we got a condo with my parents.  It was so much better than being in a regular hotel room because it gave us much more space (essential when traveling with a kid). We each had our own bedroom and bathroom, a living room, plus a laundry room and full kitchen. We cooked most of our own meals and ate together just like at home.  The first night I made pizza.  It felt so good after that long drive to have real food and not take out.  I enjoyed cooking in a new kitchen too.  Over the course of the week we had pasta, sausages, corn on the cob, and salad - just to give you an idea.  My Dad cooked us eggs in the morning with bagels and coffee.  It was the best!

We spent the first two days "theme parking".  This worked out great because our best weather days happened to be the first two.  We went to Santa's Village and Storyland (both in New Hampshire).  Both are like mini Disney World's to a four year old.  We've been to both places before but this year was our best year ever!  My son loved every single thing!!!!  Especially anything to do with water! 

 Our little fish!

We made sure to take time out for snacks. We break for Donuts!

We have learned that my son is a little dare devil.  He went on the roller coaster 10 times!!! After that he discovered that he can go fast and get wet at the same time on the log flume ride. 

There they go...

This was my son's first time on the flume ride.  He got completely soaked and loved it!  They did it three times after that!

Since they were wet already, they headed for another water ride.  Notice how I take all the pictures.  This keeps me dry and also keeps my stomach in check when they go on the roller coasters and spinning rides. 

"To overlook the little things in life is to miss the biggest part of life itself. "

View from our walk out patio.  It felt like we were up in the clouds.

Sunrise on the mountain.  For this I don't mind getting up early.

One of the highlights of the trip had to be seeing my Dad swimming in the pool with my son.  I haven't seen my Dad swim since I was 10 years old.  He's just not a pool person.  For this trip he actually went out and bought a new bathing suit!  They had a fun time swimming and playing in the pool for hours! 

I loved the flags hanging from the balconies overlooking the pool.  They gave the atmosphere a homey feel. 

While the guys went out for ice cream us girls took some time to shop!  No one does a country store like New Hampshire! Candles and crafts galore! 

I'm obsessed with these old fashion stoves.  I would love to own one someday. 

Ahh, the Christmas corner.  I knew I would find you! I bought an ornament like I do every year (on every vacation : ).

This is Pollard Brook located directly beside our hotel.  At night we could hear it running.  It sounded like rain. 

With the windows cracked, it's a nice peaceful way to fall asleep.  

We had a wonderful vacation!  Thanks to Nana and Grampy for all you did for us! We can't wait to do it again next year!!!! 

Going away is always fun, but nothing compares to coming home and sleeping in your own bed.  I do miss the sound of the babbling brook out my window though.  At least I know it will be there waiting for me next year.   

*Life is good *

Danielle xo


  1. It sounds lovely there Danielle! Going away with family is so fun.

    Do a lot of stores have a Christmas corner all year around? There is a little shop in Florida that always has a Christmas corner each time we have been in September.

    Gemma xxx

  2. This looks like such a perfect trip -- equal parts relaxing and fun!! Also that brook is so pretty! xo

  3. First things first! Taking your vacation up front is a great idea! Glad you had a great time!

  4. Looks like a marvellous place. Sounds as if you had a wonderful holiday.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  5. I get a little jealous now!! What a wonderful trip you had. It's great to go away for a while! Have a lovely Monday!

    Kristin :)

  6. Sounds like such a lovely trip! When I was little my family used to do trips like these & I miss them so much now, especially now that there is an entire country between us. Everything about your trip sounds delightful, from the theme park to the food to the Christmas corner! :)

    <3 Shawna
    Serpentine Streets

  7. It looks like a wonderful trip! I'm so glad you had a great time!

  8. Sounds and looks like it was a wonderful trip! I visited New Hampshire once before in November and have always wanted to go back in the warmer weather :) xoxo

  9. Aww! What a wonderful holiday! I love New Hampshire, but haven't been there is a few years. When we lived in Nova Scotia, it was so easy to get to New England...Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Mass. but now that we are in Alberta, it is much too far to drive for a vacation unless my husband could get several weeks off. Looks like you have so much fun Danielle! And isn't it so cool when the grandparents dust off some their swimming trunks to hang with the grandson? How cute is that? Angie xo