one of the better pieces of advice that Michelle received over vacation was when she was on the phone with her mom. Michelle was lamenting the inevitable loss of time with the kids (with so many more playmates around). she had a particularly hard time with this last year, so we were hoping it would be better this time. but her mom advised her to make the best of it and take the opportunity to spend more time with me. she still missed spending time with Caleb and Alice, but we did have some nice times together while they played with grandma, grandpa and aunt Lori.
we had already planned on taking a special day together. we scoured various Vermont websites, looking for something that would be fun to do together, and we found something that looked promising: the Vermont Shakespeare Company. they were performing 12th Night in an outdoor theatre in a state park on an island in the middle of Lake Champlain. we figured it would be pretty cool, so we decided to make a day of it. it was over 2 hours away, so we took our time traveling up the state. we stopped in Rutland (the “big” city near where we stay) for some supplies and ate our lunch in a park, then continued up the 2-lane road with lots of beautiful views of the mountains until we made it to the islands. they are big enough to have a few small towns and touristy stuff, so we figured we’d find a little place to eat before we made our way to the production. we didnt anticipate finding only 2 extremes: fine (expensive) dining or cheap takeout. since Michelle couldnt eat what they had at the cheap places, and, what the heck, we were out on our big day, we went to a very nice place on the lake and had an excellent time. this was after chasing up and down the islands, which brought us only 2 miles from Canada, but since we were getting hungry and it was getting late, we had to turn back toward the food and theatre. the performance was very very good and we had a grand time.
we also took the chance to spend bits of time together over the week. our favorite was snuggling in the hammock, and we also took the boat out for a sunset cruise. it reminded me of our honeymoon, which was in the same place almost 7 years ago. after the rest of the family left, we had a couple days with just our little family, which was also very nice. there’s nothing quite like the feeling of watching the sun set beyond the mountains over the lake, especially after the kids are all asleep and we had the deck to ourselves.