We had a wonderful 2-week vacation in New Hampshire. Some of the highlights were: Fort Foster in Kittery point (we went on a downcast day & had the place to ourselves, including a gorgeous secluded beach), shopping at the Hanna Andersson outlet (where I found a pair of giraffe-print clog boots for moi for $24!!!), antique shops, lobster (twice!), York's Animal Kingdom, lots of fun at the beach of course, a new baby cousin (Abigail Dean arrived 8/4/8 on her Mom's birthday...how cool is that?! She is sweet, she looks like a chubby little bear cub), and last, but not least, Orange & Ocean won "Judge's favorite" for the costume parade contest with our "Purple Urchin" costume that we made by dissecting some purple pool noodles & then hot-gluing them to a leotard & then wrapping with a purple garland. I thought it came out really good, I was surprised that the glue worked so well, it's like cement (yay for glue guns!). We tried spiking her hair with egg whites but it didn't really work. My sister made the signs which came out great! Ocean was the "Beach Plum" (my Mom & sister made her costume, which was very cute as well). Eva & Amelia were very cute bumble bees. They didn't win anything, but they should have! Next year!
The "Beach Plum" is the name of a popular ice cream shop on Rt. 1 & the "Purple Urchin" is the name of a seafood restaurant conveniently located directly across from the judging pavilion. We were a big hit. The owner came over, offered us lunch (which we declined because we had to get back for Orange's party), and took pictures of the staff with Orange.
We won 2 restaurant certificates (she treated us to lobster one night & got her own for the very first time!) & one for the grocery store, and a "grab bag" of little toys. Plus she'll get her picture in the newspaper! I don't really have any pictures yet off our camera but here are some my aunt took (that's her with Ocean).