Thank you!!! You all totally rocked it with the Portsmouth recommendations, and I've decided that I will never go anywhere again without asking you first. Seriously. I printed off the comments and that was our guide! I could totally have a little love affair with Portsmouth. And I don't think Portland would mind - they're sisters, I'm convinced. Portsmouth was so beautiful, full of history and vibrancy, and just the right size for me.
For those who want the Portsmouth details - we had the treat of seeing Jen's work at Nahcotta Gallery and Abby's work at Three Graces Gallery. Both quite stunning. There was yummy food and drink at The Portsmouth Brewery. A picnic at Prescott Park and Strawberry Banke. And a stop for yarn at The Yarn Basket. A heavenly hour spent leisurely at River Run Books. The Friendly Toast - top on our list, sadly had such a wait that we just couldn't do it (we opted for sleeping in. sleep is good). And the Odd Showroom was closed all weekend - though, man, I stared at their fabulous window display of vintage and handmade goodness long enough willing them to open, but that didn't work.
At the viewing of Seven Sunny Days (the whole impetus of our trip - to visit friends involved in the tour), I had the distinct pleasure/horror of feeling like a complete and total MOM while viewing this segment on wingsuits. You gotta check that video out. Calvin has already informed us that he'll "totally do that when I'm a raft guide". Ezra says he'll do it "when I'm a teenager". Great.
In the end, my favorite little moments are those we didn't plan or expect. Of course. They're the same kind of moments we get on date night, or early mornings at home before anyone else has risen. Or any other time we steal away a few minutes of time together - the little quiet moments of leisure and peace that keep the whole thing going. Sometimes they're hard to make happen in the busyness of family life, but oh - they are so worth it for the whole family. And for that, it was a perfect weekend.