We had no plans for Saturday (except for a date for me and A that night - woohoo!), so when we saw that the forecast was for partly sunny and close to 60 degrees, we decided to drive up to Rockport, one of my favorite seaside towns in Massachusetts.
We had such a nice time. It was quite a bit chillier up there and gray and cloudy, but we didn't mind. We explored the little shops, had a delicious lunch at a sandwich place right on the water, and walked on the beach to look for shells and sea glass.
R LOVED the beach. His only real beach experience was last year in Florida. He's never really explored the beauty of a New England beach with its craggy rocks. I can't wait to get him back there again. Or to Cape Cod. It makes me sad that he's not growing up with the ocean as a huge part of his life like it was for me. But watching him on the beach yesterday -- chasing and running from the waves, climbing on rocks, answering the seagulls' calls, finding interesting treasures in the sand -- was wonderful.
While we were having lunch, the fog started rolling in. We walked out to the jetty to look at the water again, then high-tailed it back to the car because we were getting cold. But first, we stopped in an old-fashioned candy store. R picked out a giant white non-pareil; A and I shared some buttercrunch. Then we headed home to relax a little while before R's babysitter came over.
Today, we took my mom's advice and made up a scavenger hunt for R for our weekly grocery shopping trip. It worked like a dream! He was totally into it and rushed through the store to find everything on our list. After that, we took a rainy drive to visit my dad. And, as usual, my dad had an incredible spread of food waiting for us. The antipasti platter was beautiful, and it was so hard not to stuff ourselves silly, but the main course of pasta, sauce, homemade meatballs, sausage, and garlic bread was waiting. My dad sent us home with a ton of leftovers - yay!
A and I have a tough week at work coming up, so this relaxing, wonderful weekend was a true blessing.