We spent all of last week at an all-inclusive in Punta Cana with my other set of in-laws. And my BIL Thomas. It was glorious, but insanely hot and humid. And I did get a little twitchy with so little internet access. But endless beachside piña coladas definitely made up for it, as did the incredible massage I had in a hut on the beach. And Hannah loved it; she had a solid routine down of mornings at the pool, naps in the room, afternoons on the sand. Not a bad way to bring in October.
Hannah was a great flyer. She had her own seat this time, as opposed to our trip to the UK last year when she was a lap baby. Man, I can’t believe she fit in the little airplane bassinet last summer.
Our week, basically.
The last week in August we set out with my mother- and stepfather-in-law on another road trip through New England. We had such a great time back in March that we decided to do it again. But this time instead of Boston and Vermont, we spent a night in Mystic, Connecticut, went back to Portland for a few days, and then finished up in Cape Cod.
The trip up to CT was insane, the traffic through NYC was so much worse than we expected. But, we did find a Shake Shack in Westport that made everyone’s mood better. I’d never been to one, but Adam had one near his old work office.
Hannah really liked the shakes.
When we finally arrived in Mystic we had a less than exciting dinner, but a lovely walk along the waterfront.
We stopped in CT for Schemitzun, a huge annual festival on the Mashantucket reservation (near Foxwoods casino). My in-laws had read about the event, so we checked it out. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it, honestly. I couldn’t imagine that it would be anything other than intrusive and exploitative from their descriptions. But it was a huge fair, everyone welcome. The costumes were amazing. And the dancing was great.
Okay, this is the last of my posts on our 2 weeks of adventure introducing Hannah to all of England. After we left Stonehenge it was time for a wedding! I’m not going to post a lot of photos from the wedding since it was Morgan and Katie’s own wonderful, beautiful day to share. But we do need to take a moment for Hannah’s wedding outfit.
So the last day of our time with Cora and Ian was spent at the Bakewell Show. I don’t think Cora liked it very much, but I thought it was pretty awesome. I even bought a Union Jack umbrella for five quid that I had a great time getting into the luggage home. It’s now slightly bent, but it works!
We were greeted by local schoolgirls selling programmes (practicing my English spellings).