"Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience."
-Ralph Waldo EmersonWhat a wonderful visit we had in Vermont! It was so nice to hang out with our friends again, especially little Gavin. He is so sweet and so big with the most amazing blue eyes. I hope they stay! Nora and I had a great time, and were able to do some lovely relaxing. I know we were on vacation, but Vermont just has a laid-back feel to it. You're out on a hill in the middle of the woods with no tv, no internet, and you're forced to slow down. I really enjoy that every now and then.We spent the first few days hanging out at the house, going on a walk now and then or into town to the co-op. There was lots of picture-taking, baby-bouncing, and delicious-food cooking. Whenever Meg and I get together something delicious almost always results! (Except for the unfortunate chocolate-tequila incident, but hey, we were young!)
Of course, we couldn't resist trying to pose the two, but that didn't work out so well. I won't post the other twelve pictures from that series...
Megan and Chris also keep chickens. One morning, Nora and I stepped out on the porch and suddenly, as if we had yelled, "Free food!" or "Come peck our ankles!" the chickens flocked towards us, wings flapping, feathers flying. Rather than reacting in any sane manner, by, say, screaming and running back in the house, Nora smiled in delight, jumped off the porch and proceeded to chase the chickens.
These are laying chickens, by the way, not that they'll ever do that again after their encounter with Nora.
I had to post this picture, mostly to make Shane jealous. We woke up to a (very) mini blizzard one morning, and Nora excitedly yelled, "Water! Water!" while pointing outside. My goodness, what a genius I have to know it was water in a different form falling outside! (That's what she meant, right?)
I really shouldn't be posting this picture. It's mean, I know, but who wouldn't want to see a picture of Meg doing the 'keep the watching children occupied' dance? Plus, she doesn't have internet. Hehe.
Oh, this is a lovely one, too. More fun with the wedding veil. Chris wasn't too impressed that we were torturing his child while he was away working so hard.
On our last day there we all (Chris included) took an afternoon road trip to New Hampshire to visit our friends Rachael and Ben. They have an adorable little house on a lake, with trails behind it that lead to a lovely little pond. We walked back there and enjoyed the amazing Fall weather that is quickly winding down to Winter. (The picture at the top of this post is from their pond, too.) Here Rachael gets a little contemplative. (Or maybe I just randomly snapped a picture of her walking to the dock. You'll never know.)
Finally, after a long day of driving, and visiting we headed back to their house for a delicious dinner and dessert prepared by Rachael. Thanks for having us, guys, and thanks to Meg, Chris and Gavin for a wonderful visit! (And the wonderful gift of a diaper sprayer. You guys are awesome!)

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