This vacation was time for reconnecting with family. We live far away from the rest of the clan, so time together is rare. We try to make the most of what time we've got.
My parents don't like to have their pictures taken, but I snuck one while I was supposedly taking flower photos in my mom's beautiful gardens.
We met my brother Lee's girlfriend, Meghan. (Hope I'm spelling that correctly?!)
Ross was excited to spend time with his cousins.
Ross gets a small taste of farm life when he visits my parents. My dad took him for a ride on my grandfather's 1946 John Deere Model B tractor. (Ross's middle name is Albert, named for that grandfather.)
While in New England, we made trips to Boston and Portland, two cities that I adore. Ross loved the jellyfish at the New England Aquarium:
We indulged in the best pizza at Faneuil Hall, and Ross ate his first cannoli there, as well. I love that Ross got to visit another Big City, with skyscrapers and a subway and museums galore, people speaking many languages, and life on every corner.
(Bunker Hill Bridge)
Our time in Portland was brief, but I did manage to snap one amusing shot:
If you'd like to look at more photos, please visit my vacation photo set at flickr.