You may have noticed, I gave myself a week off of blogging. For a very good reason…vacation! I intended to share some thing throughout the week, but we were having so much fun it was difficult to get everything posted. Quite honestly, unplugging (mostly) for the week was much needed. I wish I could have unplugged more, but such is life, right? Regardless, we had some much needed rest and bonus, we came home to an updated kitchen! While we were gone we completed the final step to the kitchen upgrade. Our cabinets are now white (dove white to be exact). It looks much brighter and happier, and I have to admit, so do I! Back to the vacation. We head to the Cape every year. We’ve been doing this for a few years now. We have family that lives out there, so it’s always great to take the trip and spend time with them. Anthony loves being out there and I look forward to it every single year. This year, I did some research and took some recommendations and we had a blast. The weather was perfect. IT was cool, sunny, and absolutely perfect. It rained in the morning the day we left, so we had to leave a bit later than we planned…..darn.
The first day we went to the Cape Cod Lavender Farm. It was something I found last year, and for whatever reason we didn’t make it out. This year, it was the perfect weekend activity. It’s a great outdoor activity. I kick myself because we wore sandals, so there was only so much we could check out. We wanted to visit the Chatham Pier on Saturday, but weekends. There was so much traffic after driving by the lot what felt like a million times, we changed plans. But, it worked out because the Lavender farm is basically hidden in this little paradise in the woods and not many people are there at once. It’s so peaceful. If we had sneakers, we would have walked more paths. There are some great hiking spots surrounding the farm.
There is a little enchanted garden where we spent a bit of time. Anthony had so many questions about the fairy castle and all the little decorations people have left over time. We added a few of our own, like pine cones and rocks. There were also a few painted rocks with fun little messages. It could have been all the lavender surrounding, but my god it was peaceful there. The cottage is cute, there sell some oil and other awesome things. I wanted to buy pretty much everything, but I didn’t. It’s absolutely free to visit too! The walking paths were a bit sandy, it is the Cape after all. Sneakers are highly recommended if you want to do some walking and I regret not bringing ours along just in case. Lesson learned! But, nevertheless, it was a super fun little spot to visit.
That evening we went to see some fireworks in West Dennis. I mean fireworks on the beach, who could say no to that? We weren’t able to hit the beach where the actual fireworks were held, which ended up working out beautifully for us! Because my husband is literally the best navigator in the world, he suggested another spot that we should check out to set up camp and watch the fireworks. We were not the only ones with this brilliant idea. We set up camp and waited for the show. It was so relaxing sitting there, literally in the sand, waiting for dusk. It was chilly, so no mosquitoes! We missed the July 4th fireworks this year, so this was a great substitute. It was also Anthony’s first fireworks. It was the perfect first time experience. We were close enough to see them, but far enough away where the sound was muted. He loved it! Despite the anticipation (aka complaining) before they started he had a great time and fell asleep immediately once we got in the car. When we got home a neighbor happened to have a rather large fireworks display that we got to watch from our deck. Anthony was yelling “I love this!” so I’d consider that a successful experience.
The next day we hit the beach for a bit. It was sunny, but cool. Literally perfect for someone like me who hates hot hot weather. When I Say Anthony loved it, it is a complete understatement. He did not want to leave. Literally he was so happy to lay directly in the sand and cover himself in it. Skaket Beach is the perfect beach for a little one who is unsure of the water. Also, there were no sharks (yay!). Basically when the tide is out, you can walk for what appears to be an eternity in water that is ankle deep, mid calf at times. We found some hermit crabs and snails, we visited the oyster cages, and took a nice long walk. We obviously had to make a sand castle and play some beach games. We swam a bit. Anthony preferred the spots where he could lay in the sand and let the waves come up. We tried to go a little deeper but he was scared. Honestly, I’m not a huge fan myself, so I was happy to oblige and stay in the shallower spots.
We hit the Chatham Pier and Fish Market early in the week. We figured a weekday would be less crowded….. but not so much. The pier itself is not crowded, but the parking lot is crazy. We found a spot on a side street which was perfect. The pier was a recommendation and I’m so glad we made it. It’s really cool to see the fishing boats drive by. Also, the seals there waiting for fresh fish is the coolest thing. They basically perform for the visitors to the pier doing flips and being adorable. They come up close and almost beg for fish. Unfortunately we didn’t see any boats come in with fish they caught, but apparently it’s quite a sight. We also tried out the fish market. I mean trying fish that is literally caught right there was a no brainer. We shared a main dish so we could get some soup. I would HIGHLY recommend the lobster bisque if you ever visit.
On our last full day, we had to hit the beach one more time. This time we went there looking for shells and cool rocks. Anthony insisted on making another sand castle, so we did that too. It was a perfectly overcast, breezy day. There was no one really there because it was so cold, but perfect for us! We explored treasures and made a really cool castle. I literally had to carry Anthony away from the because because he did not want to leave. Thankfully his aunt had the genius idea to race him to the car, which helped, until we got in the car and he let us know how sad he was about leaving the because the entire…ride…..home.
So it’s safe to say this was one great trip. We all had a fantastic time and were pretty sad to leave. But coming home to an updated kitchen was worth pulling ourselves away from the beach. If you are not following me on social media, be sure to check out my Instagram page. I’ll be sharing some photos of the kitchen, before and after transformations. We did this in phases, so I’ll have to dig up some of those earlier pictures to share the full picture. Starting Wednesday, I’ll be back to my regularly scheduled food posts. The benefit of visiting family is getting to eat in and talking about great recipes. I mean vacationing with not one but two chefs…. there is inspiration to be had. But as the summer’s end nears, we are shifting focus on eating more at home and making things a bit healthier. We’ve had some successes this week and I’m so excited to share some of the best recipes with you!