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Vacation 2009 = beaches, rain, books, and poetry
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We got back on Saturday from a wonderful week away. The kids and I, and even Marcelo for 3 days(!) went with my parents to visit New Hampshire. To me, it's the best kind of family tradition. My Nana went to Silver Lake every summer as a kid, then when my Dad was born, she took him and my uncle and aunts, then my brother and I with our parents, and now my kids.

Even though it rained more days than not, it was heaven. One whole week of time that I had nothing else to do than spend time with my kids. No phone calls, no work, I didn't even bring a computer.

Family pictures are here
General pictures of Silver Lake taken from the cottage 2 doors down the lake from us (not my pictures)
I have some videos uploaded to Facebook, but I can't share those like pictures so you can only view them there.

One of our sunny days, we went around the lake to a little beach that you can only get to by following old defunct railroad tracks through the woods, then a short hike. It's south facing so the water's a little warmer and it's shallow pretty far out. Another day, we went to Jackson falls and played in the water and climbed up the falls. Marc never got enough of the water, so we went to the public beach down the street too. (Our beach was too rocky and dropped off to deep water too much for his liking)

On rainy days, we read a lot and played games and did puzzles. The kids walked the dog in the rain a lot too. We discovered a new book of poems for kids that the boys keep asking for - "What's the weather inside" by Karma Wilson. It's great! And very clever with enough adult humor to keep the parents or older kids involved.

I got my fix of warm summer thunderstorms too. :)

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