Photographs and Musings | Documenting Memorial Day Weekend | Rockport and Lexington, MA

It’s been awhile since I have posted photos of my own family (January I think was the last time – wild and awesome how we are definitely WAY done with winter!).  I decided to take this long holiday weekend to document the Sterner gang as we spent some time up in Rockport and at home in Lexington.  Warning: this is a long one… (and I think the good beginnings of a Father’s Day gift?? ; ))

SATURDAY

This spring we did some major cosmetic renovations to The Perch, our beach house in Rockport.  Now that it’s over, we had a lot of work to do to get the house back into living condition.  We had to clean, more furniture around, and unpack.  Felt a lot like moving!

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Calvin loves to help/interfere with the dogs’ meals.

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While the boys are at work, I toggle back and forth between reading and keeping an eye on Calvin, who tends to lack the attention span to truly help his dad.  One of his new favorite activities is sitting in the car drivers seat.  He can entertain himself there for a good 20 minutes.

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I must make a note of this book.  The Opposite of Loneliness is a collection of short stories and essays by Marina Keegan.  Keegan was an extremely talented local young lady who attended BB&N and Yale (’12), who died in a car crash just days after graduating college.  I have no idea how this event passed my attention a few years ago, and I just happened to pick up this book at Porter Square Books a couple weeks ago.  Marina’s tragic circumstances aside (or maybe not aside), this book resonated in a complex way for me.  Her ideas and focus reflect many of my own – I felt like she could have been a friend of mine.  A better version of myself – one with more ambition and clarity.  I often felt pangs of familiarity, fondness, amusement, and quite a bit of jealousy and regret, and OK, her death made it that much harder to read.  Glad to be done with it, but more glad to have stumbled on it.

Moving on.

My favorite guilty pleasure in the world : the chocolate cake with buttercream frosting from Willow’s Rest in Gloucester.  This weekend had special Memorial Day stars decorations!

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Norman being Norman.

 

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SUNDAY

One of our favorite Rockport routines is going to breakfast at Red Skiff.  The berry muffins are to die for, and Calvin always enjoys the attention of the staff and fellow diners.

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After breakfast we like to talk a stroll down Bearskin Neck.

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Sunday was warm so we tried to go to another favorite spot, Old Garden Beach. Unfortunately it’s pretty much all rocks this year after this harsh winter, so the boys were stopped at the entrance.

 

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(We did get to go have fun at Front Beach, but I got lazy and left my camera in the car).

Calvin chilling on the couch.

 

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My love bug.

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MONDAY

We head back to Lexington early Monday morning (the fumes from the new paint and flooring had gotten to me).  In the afternoon we went to Arlington Beach Reservoir where we all had a chance to dip our feet in the water!

 

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(Definitely has his momma’s hair).

Arlington Reservoir has an awesome playground.  Calvin is a big fan of the slide, and his dad is a fan of the zip line.

 

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More working on the yard back at home.

 

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Then it’s time to get the grill on.  Calvin, meanwhile, gets his play (and dirt, scrapes and bruises on).

 

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I get my read back on (with a much lighter book this time).

 

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Even the dogs get a bit of a work out.

 

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Time to eat!  Calvin in full out messiness – I adore him in this state.

 

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Instead of a bath, the boys take a shower together.

 

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One of my favorite times of the day – bedtime.  Calvin snuggles on my lap every night.

 

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Before the lights go out, he now gives both me and Dan kisses, but only after he pushes our faces together to make us kiss.  This started a couple weeks ago and still gets me every time.  Goodnight Calvin!

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Goodnight house.

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Goodnight constant gardener.

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