I’m back! I apologize for the bit o’ silence, but I have all sorts of fun planned for the week, beginning with my little brother’s visit to Maine last week! When his girlfriend, Bianca, e-mailed me to plan a trip here with Mat for his 30th birthday surprise, I couldn’t have been more excited! I am so lucky to have a special relationship with family, and my brother and I have always been super close. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, where he owns and operates The Three Legged Monkey and The Crazy Ape (both bars…be sure to check them out if you find yourself in SA!) and between the distance and our crazy schedules, I hadn’t seen him since my wedding nearly two years ago! We had such a fun, laid back visit, enjoying the absolutely INCREDIBLE fall weather we’ve been having and just generally catching up! I can’t begin to put into words just how good it was to see Mat! My Mom will make the trip next month (before she and I head to Scotland for a week to celebrate her 60th birthday…I’m SOOOO excited!), so if I could just get my sister up this way, my happiness would be complete!! (Hint, hint, Karissa!!)
Mat was excited to catch some of the foliage before it disappears for the season! Aren’t he and Bianca cute?
And we had to walk down to LL Bean for a late night visit! (The aquarium is one of our favorite things!)
Wolf’s Neck State Park was next on the agenda…such a fun day in perfect, perfect weather!
My cute hubby!
Justin grabbed this shot of Mat and I…I love it!
I don’t know why, but I think this shot is hilarious!
Mat grabbed this shot of our little family…thanks, Mat!
We headed over to Wolf’s Neck Farm after our hike to say hi to the animals!
Then it was off to Wealden farmstand for some locally grown apples, cheese, and carving pumpkins!
Over hot spiced cider and a roaring fire in the woodstove, we carved Halloween pumpkins! I decided to make mine an a-la-Martha-Stewart house number…
…while Justin kep up his Boston sports theme with the Bruins logo!
And Mat carved a wolf (who was, sadly, munched on by a small animal that night!), while Bianca chose a heart!
We had to make a stop at the Lobster Shack before heading to Fort Williams Park and the Portland Headlight!
Such a fantastic visit!!! Thank you so much for making it happen, Bianca! Happy birthday, Mat!! I love you like crazy!!!