Saturday, June 13, 2009

I Hope this Makes Sense

I’m feeling a little under the weather (thanks to Chris for spreading his germs) but I hope that my brain can pull it together for this post.

We had such a wonderful visit with Chris’s parents. They were in Michigan for Chris’s Grandma’s 80th Birthday (Happy Birthday!) so they decided head on our way. I’m glad they did. Brendan loved being with them and loved getting to stay up late and miss naps.


We had one nice day of weather and it was a good thing that we used that day to hike to Glen Ellis Falls. It was the prefect day to enjoy a short hike.

IMG_3770Brendan was all for the hike and led the way most of the time.


The trail was very well cared for, short and scenic. That’s my kind of hike.

IMG_3793 And the end result was pretty great too. The falls are invisible from the highway so we didn’t quite know what to expect but we weren’t let down.


And Brendan, of course, loved it all. You could feel the spray from the waterfall which was very exciting for him. I think he would have jumped in if it wasn’t for Grandpa keeping a hold on him.


While in Vermont, we also got to visit the Vermont Country Store. This was on Robin’s list of things to do and it was only a short drive from Joseph Smith’s birthplace. I don’t know how to describe this store so you can get the full picture. It has lots of nostalgic toys (but also modern ones), practical items and trinkets, and a ton of things I never knew existed. We left there with a wooden block train for Brendan, a switch pocket comb for Chris (because he thinks it’s funny, not because he’ll actually use it) and some delicious candy for me. Their candy section was AWESOME, full of some of Chris’s favorites from his childhood, imported items and homemade fudge and chocolates. They also sold Vermont cheese, all kinds of dips, spreads and jellies, and yummy sausages. If you’re ever in Vermont and want something fun to do, this would be the place to go. It was so cool. We spent an hour there and I still didn’t have enough time to look at everything.


They even had old school lawn cutters to try out and Brendan gave it a go. It was too heavy for him to push so he just had fun running around in the grass (which really did need a cutting).

Thanks to Dan and Robin for coming out and visiting us, and giving us a good reason to get out and do something fun. Brendan misses you and can’t wait for you to come again!


  1. I loooove New England!!! Thaks so much for giving me a little taste of home, Val! We used to go to girls camp at Joseph Smith's birthplace, and one of the hikes was to the Lucy Mack home. How awesome is that. You know, the New England winters are long and awful, but the summers are gorgeous (and quaint with all the cute county stores), and just wait until the fall!!!

  2. Okay, I'm not one to comment much on babies/children, but Brendan looks way cute in that picture with the lawn mower!