We just got back from a whirlwind vacation spanning four states in 15 or so days. We ended our trip in Chicago, and I already can't wait to go back (what a great city!). We stayed at the awesome Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, located directly across the street from Millennium Park (I shared some shots of the hotel above - it's gorgeous! - but the real highlight was the incredible staff).

In our short time in the city, we managed to squeeze in an architectural river cruise, Millennium Park, a visit to the Art Institute (that's Hannah painting in their kids' area above), a ball game at Wrigley field, and plenty of good food and beer (the pizza was from Pizano's and the ramen was from Noodles by Takashi Yagihasi). We were happy to find so many kid-friendly tourist attractions (thank goodness for Crown Fountain!), but Adam and I would love to come back as a couple to experience some nightlife and see more of the city. We'll be back, Chicago!


Five Islands Provincial Park

This is my last post about our trip to Economy, I promise - and it's a short one! While my mom took Hannah to the beach one morning, Adam and I hiked the Estuary Trail at Five Islands Provincial Park. The trail was wet and muddy in a few spots because of a hard downpour the night before, but the scenery was well worth the wet feet! Here are a few shots from our hike: 

Hannah had her heart set on the beach, but this is definitely a hike you could do with little ones. We didn't have time to explore more of the park, but I'd love to come back to camp sometime - maybe next summer!


Parrsboro and Wasson Bluff

We were expecting more rain while on vacation in Economy, so we decided to visit the Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro. I was hoping that in-between showers we'd be able to walk the beach at Wasson Bluff, home to the world's smallest dinosaur tracks and one of Canada's most significant fossil sites (I read that over 100,000 dinosaur bones were found here).

Lucky for us, the rain never came and the day turned out to be gorgeous. Our first stop was in Parrsboro, where we ate lunch at the Harbour View Restaurant (good food, kinda pricey for fish and chips and fried clams) and hung out in the giant Adirondack chairs outside the restaurant.

After lunch, we skipped the museum and made the short drive to Wasson Bluff (my pictures really don't do the area justice). The tide was on its way out when we arrived, so we were able to walk the beach and take in the breathtaking cliffs. Hannah had a great time throwing rocks and yelling, 'good shot!' after each throw.


That Dutchman's Cheese Farm

Our vacation rental in Economy was practically across the street from That Dutchman's Cheese Farm. We took Hannah through the animal and nature park, which I think we all really enjoyed. Unlike some other petting zoos we've visited, the surroundings are so pretty that even the walk is enjoyable.

You can buy bags of grain at the cheese shop for $2 - a definite must. Hannah loved feeding the animals, but she was too scared to let the goats eat out of her hand. She was thisclose to letting the donkeys, but chickened out at the last minute.

We got caught in quite the downpour towards the end of our visit, but even that couldn't ruin the experience.

Of course we left with cheese - and chocolate peanut butter fudge. The top floor of the cheese shop is an antique store filled with all kinds of great finds. I went home with a couple pieces of milk glass for my growing collection, and that was definitely me restraining myself!


Hannah is 3!

Hannah turned three last week, so we hosted a small family party to celebrate (the giant inflatable rabbit was a gift from my brother and his wife, and Hannah loves it).

As for three, we're loving this age. It's not without its challenges (Hannah is one opinionated and strong-willed little girl), but the highs far outweigh the lows. She almost never stops talking, and her stories, jokes and observations are a constant source of entertainment (for us, and everyone around us). She loves to laugh. She still naps in the afternoon, but we can do more and take her to more places. Did I mention she's potty-trained?!

Current obsessions include Vampire Weekend (seriously, it's practically the only band she wants to listen to!), Paw Patrol, baby dolls, swimming (beach or pool), and picnics at the park. She's also really into wearing skirts and dresses, even better if they're mine.

I'm so very grateful to have this wild little lady in my life and very much looking forward to what the next year brings!

Hiking Thomas' Cove Trails

While we were on vacation last week, we hiked one of the Thomas' Cove trails, near Economy. The day was overcast, but the temperature was perfect for hiking and the trees kept us mostly sheltered from the drizzle. We followed the Economy Trail, a 4 km loop along the coastline. The views from the trail were stunning and the hiking was easy. Hannah, who turns three this week, walked the entire way, with only a short break for a granola bar and water :)

As you can see, Hannah was quite proud of herself when she reached the end of the trail. Can't wait to do more hiking with her!
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