We took a drive down to Deer Isle, with a destination of Stonington.
There were so many picture opportunities, my head was spinning.
Not a bad problem to have, that's for sure.
We checked out a few little shops, although it was obvious that shopping was not really on our agenda. We did find a place to eat lunch, Fisherman's Friend, but while the service was great, the food was not so great, and it was pricey to boot. I wouldn't recommend it.
I felt like the papparazzi again, taking pictures of my kids and grandkids.
Maybe I'm missing my REAL calling.
Someone asked me about the picture of us all eating out in yesterday's post, said we didn't look too cheery.
Well, the truth is that we were exhausted.............lots of SUN, a load of SAND, and hiking up a mountain.
And despite their mothers' best efforts to 'de-sand' their daughters, I'm afraid that there was still some irritating sand making them uncomfortable, and they were exhausted, AND grumpy.
The boys, on the other hand, were ready to order FOOD.
But I am showing you the real deal after all, no sugar coating here.
We aren't a perfect family.
Just a family. We argue, and bicker, and nag, but.........we also laugh, and hug, and share our victories, and our defeats.
And sometimes dinners aren't that much fun. And sometimes they are.
Now I know how those reporters feel who take pictures of Hollywood stars out running errands.
Ah, but here's what matters.......and what we really wanted to enjoy. Maine.
Phooey on shopping.
Looking a little cheerier, aren't we??
We found a gravel beach between the two islands, and the kids spent hours finding shells.
Sea urchins were the most desirable.
We had four kids, so we needed to find four sea urchins, and we did.
Oh, yeah, we're happy now.
Is there anything more beautiful than the sunshine sparkling on water, with kids searching the shore?
Vacation is just permission to access my own center, my own serenity, my own real purpose.
And my job on vacation is to take pictures.
Like them, or not.
I love these girls.