As a military family, it can be difficult to take an actual family vacation. Over the years, there have only been two occasions that we took a family vacation that didn’t have us going to see family: our honeymoon and a trip to Niagara Falls when Joseph was just six weeks old.

Every Summer we make the trip to New Hampshire to my husband’s family. While it’s nice to see family, we don’t always treat the trip as a vacation, doing the things we really want to do. New Hampshire is full of awesome things. For such a small state, it packs a powerful punch by way of natural beauty. Within a couple of hours you can travel from the ocean to the mountains. It boasts four very diverse seasons, and there’s something to do in each of them. (Though mud season *spring when the snow melts* is probably my least favorite…Maybe I just need mud boots to enjoy, but that can be another story.

In years past, we visited Santa’s Village, York’s Wild Kingdom, and Storyland. While these were all great fun for the kids, I had always wanted to see the whales, and the past couple of years, Joe had wanted to visit a river that he’d gone to as a child and jumped off the rocks. So we made it a priority to get these things done…and more! As I wrote about before, we got to see the whales, and I shared on my Facebook that everyone (except Jac and me) jumped off the river rocks into the very frigid water! We also go to visit The House of the Seven Gables. Neat! There was a nice history lesson for the kids. (It was also the place “Bewitched” filmed an episode. Nerd data there.)


We visited a submarine. (We’d done it before, but the kids had never been.) My sister-in-law and I visited an Apple Orchard and Winery. We enjoyed yummy food, overpriced produce, and a lovely tour of a beautiful winery.

There was also seafood fest. I love seafood…especially lobster. I’m blessed to have a sister-in-law who just might love it more than I do and hosted a seafood fest at her house that included a fantastic assortment of shellfish. mmmmmmmm…. And then there’s the food you can only get in New Englang like the roast beef sandwiches.


We also got to hang out with friends and family we don’t get to see often. All of Joe’s friends from childhood have kids now, so our kids had THE BEST time playing together one of the days we were there. We didn’t rush around, and we made wonderful life-long memories with the kids. We took our time getting up there too. Last year we drove the 21 hours straight up there. This year, we stopped at my parents for a couple days on the way up there and on the way back. It was nice to break up the drive, and it was nice to spend time with my parents too. The kids were AWESOME on the trip. I couldn’t believe how great they were. I’m assuming it’s because Joseph sat in the third row and kept to himself with his Nintendo Switch, and Jac and Uriah sat with something in between them. Each kid had space, and I think that was the key because the last leg of the trip home they had to sit three-to-a-row and it was like nails on a chalkboard for six hours.


We’ve been gone for two weeks, and it feels so good to be home. I had time to decompress and sleep in a little. The kids got to spend time with family and kids their own age in a giant group…and while Joe wasn’t thrilled with the money spent (are husbands ever?) even HE had a great time. We needed this time as a family and we will look back on this time fondly years from now. Enjoy each moment. Here is our trip photo album….

The whale’s tale on the whale watch. It was such a neat thing to see.
Joe and I took a cold and rainy motorcycle ride up to Lake Winnipesaukee.
Walking through a sunflower maze with my sister-in-law.


The most beautiful pile of lobsters.
I used paper towels over my hands because the lobster was fresh and hot!
Waiting to board the boat to see the whales.
Just a girl looking cute. Excited for the day ahead.
On the road…
This is a bed warmer from the House of the 7 Gables. I took it because it “could be” the bed warmer that followed Samantha around on that “Bewitched” episode. 🙂
Playing cars and keeping himself occupied on the way up there.
This is one of the places Hocus Pocus was filmed in Salem, MA.
Garden at House of the 7 Gables.
Birth place of Nathaniel Hawthorne.
My handsome Joseph checking out the sea.
On the way to see the Sculpted Rock. Beautiful scenery.
A really cool sub in Portsmouth, NH.
I don’t know why Uriah wasn’t happy…but he wasn’t.
Ruthie and Uriah eating dessert. They had lots of desserts.

So here’s to family vacation 2019. It’s one for the books, and I hope the kids had as much fun as I did.

Until next time friends…


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