Spring weather appeared in May, and after unpacking and getting settled a bit in our little apartment, we were ready to head out and explore our new state. We started with our little town of Winooski, only one square mile, but with a beautiful river running through it.
|Ellie finds a dandelion growing near the river walk.
|My tween’s life- playing a video game with headphones on and phone next to him.
|But, no matter how big he gets, he will remain my baby.
|Somebody got some spiffy new specs!
|Ellie continues to love books.
|As does James.
|Our little Gator girl also loves to ride her little bike. Move your feet, she’s rough!
|Enjoying dinner outside at the Mule Bar in Winooski. Gotta love delicious places you can walk to.
|I super love their matching stripes and matching poses.
|Checking out the area’s playgrounds. On the hunt for our favorite…
|Ellie’s face is telling me this one is not the winner.
Our Mother’s Day tradition is to spend the weekend away somewhere relatively low-key, where the focus is on spending relaxing time together. For this trip, we were lucky enough to find an incredible old house built in 1780 in Shaftsbury, Vermont, about 2 1/2 hours south of our place. It sat on 140 acres that we were free to explore, with hiking trails and a little creek winding through. Heaven.
|The landscape as we drove south was just beautiful.
|How inviting is this little place?! It was so quintessentially Vermont and I loved it instantly.
|This beautiful old barn was also on the property.
|Happy to have room to use some of that boundless energy.
|Off we go! Exploring the wooded trails on the property.
|Curly Top loves being outside.
|Dad’s turn to explore with Ellie.
|A happy Momma with her kiddos amongst the trees.
|The apple blossoms were blooming and they were lovely.
|Leo found a sunny patch of grass to lie in and was quite content.
|James went exploring down by the creek.
|You could hear the sounds from this beauty while sitting in the backyard.
|Love to see these two play together.
|Gorgeous light filtered through the trees.
|My beautiful boy.
|My beautiful girl.
|Happy Mother’s Day to me!
|Ellie and I are taking in the view.
|This kid is always cracking me up.
|My love. Who is also always cracking me up.
|Delicious Mother’s Day breakfast at an old diner. And yes, they are wearing matching shirts. 😍
|Coloring with Daddy.
Our family loves to be outside and when the weather started to get super lovely, we found the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail and went for a walk. (We will return to this trail with our bikes in the future.)
|Little Miss is too cool for this walk with those shades.
|Fun family walk enjoying nature has to include Leo.
|Same walk? Perfectly in sync…
|Big red barns are a Vermont staple. Easy to see why.
Our quest for the best playground continues. This one was very close to our apartment and ranked pretty high.