10.31.2011

road trip {instagram}

beachsky
We were away last, you know, and as usual, we stopped in the beach town on the way to get our treats, Mommy's favorite mocha and the kid's favorite bakery. I've spoken of it before but I must once again profess my love of old-timey, small town, family-owned and run bakeries. If I come to your town, sniffing out your local bakeries will be high on my list of things to do. Is it weird do you think, that when planning a trip, one of the first things I do is look up all the bakeries online? When Hubby and I had to go to Las Vegas, I had my bakery map with, yep, I did.
bakery

cookie
Whenever we visit Papa & Mormor (as the kids call my parents), we hit our favorite parks and the coffee shop and eateries in town.  It's so lovely there....having a thriving, old-fashioned yet modern little town on a river within walking distance.  Something I miss in my area...being able to walk to a town center.
kidstree

muffin

decide

cake

icecream
Visiting public farms is always also on our list. This one was a working farm......meaning there were animals for us to pet.....woo-hoo!
barn

cross

sheep
Oh, Black-Faced Lambie, how I love you.  Even though your eyes do freak me out a little.
blackface
But, you, Mr. Biggest Hog EVER, you took the cake with your snoring, sleepy smiling face.  Sorry that you heard us talking about how much bacon you'd make.
mrhog

chickens

corn

shuck
Mrs. Jersey Cow, I wanted to take you home with me.  You were such a sweetheart.  And you'd make the BEST butter for us!
coweye

cowpet

cowpet2

belgianbutts

seesaw
We also discovered a new-to-us peaceful nature preserve with winding trails that lead to the Fox River and back. Beautiful.
rosehips

balance
tree2

walk
Does anyone know what these blue berries are?
berries

berries2
Do you know what I know?  When these kids are grown, I'm going to treasure these photos of our days just as I treasure the days themselves now.  Precious reminders, they are.
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