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Our Summer Trip To Bar Harbor: Pt. 1

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Well, I’ve officially crossed something off my Bucket List.  Last week, I visited a place with my daughter that I grew up visiting as a little girl with my parents and brothers…and that my Mom grew up visiting with HER parents and siblings as well.  Three generations! What an amazing and surreal feeling.  There is so much great, loving, family energy at our Lake House in Bar Harbor and I was thrilled to be able to introduce Marlowe to a location I adore so much and that is so rich with family history! My Mom camped there as a kid almost every summer with all nine (yeah NINE) kids in the family, and when my Grandpa retired she bought him a cabin on his favorite lake.  My brothers, cousins, and I grew up coming to that cabin to visit him during special occasions and summers.  After he passed away, she renovated it to make it a much easier place for all the members of our family to enjoy with their kids and grandkids.  There is no cell or internet service at the lake house either– which makes it all about togetherness and making memories.  Don’t worry though– I found time to sneak in to town and post a few Instagrams, as well as “Tap To Retry” all of my daily Snapchats.  I am living in the 21st century after all…Ha!

For our week away, we had our good friends join us who are just about the greatest, cutest, and most fun family around.  They have two adorable and hilarious little girls (aged two and four) who play so well with Marlowe, so it was the perfect scenario!  By the end of the weekend, Lowie was referring to Teddy and Esme as “Sisters” which totally cracked my heart open and made butterflies and ponies come out.  We all spent the days exploring Bar Harbor and the neighboring towns– clocking lots of outdoors time and hunting down the locally famous Lobster Rolls.  Our house is right near Acadia National Park, which was celebrating its 100 year anniversary during our stay! At night after putting the kids to bed, the Moms and Dads stayed up hanging out, chatting, rehashing the day, eating various kinds of pie, and doing jigsaw puzzles.  We finished an extremely epic map of Maine puzzle that completely consumed us.  Nothing more satisfying than finishing a challenging puzzle! We all went to sleep early and woke up with the sun.  I must say that the vacation felt SO regenerative and relaxing which is NUTS considering there were three kids under four years old with us.  But I think it had more to do with the great company, the zero agenda…and the fact that the kids had each other to torture and chase after.  Or maybe it was the Nutella-on-the-go packs we let them eat for dessert.  If you ever want to see your child spend a perfectly good hour getting every speck of Nutella out of a 2 oz. plastic container, give that a shot!

Below, you’ll find a scroll through of the first half of our vacation! There are lots of captions with a few extra details.  Stay tuned for Part 2 which will post tomorrow. If you have any other specific questions, just let me know in the comments below, and I’ll do my best to answer!

 

 

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18 Comments

  1. Jess says:

    Looks like an amazing trip, Eva! Who makes Marlowe’s whale print tunic? I think my daughter needs it!

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  2. Marissa says:

    Thanks for sharing Eva! I am always in awe of your ability to keep Lowie’s pig tails so perfect! I have a similarly active and energetic 2 year-old daughter. The pigtails often end up in odd places on her head as she is constantly moving. Marlowe’s hair is so perfectly coifed. What are your secrets?!
    Many thanks!
    Marissa

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    • Haha well I definitely have to “re-do” them from time to time. My secret is to make them in the morning using a brush, so they are super tight, then I secure them with regular hair elastics (not the scrunchy-type that are fuzzy)

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  3. Ann says:

    I’ve never been to Bar Harbor. Will have to put it on my to do list. My hubby surprised me one Christmas with a weekend in Camden, ME at the Hartstone Inn B & B. It was magical.

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  5. Courtney says:

    Looks like so much fun! What I would do for some lovely sandy beaches! Our beaches in the PNW are so rocky…. Le sigh

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    • I couldn’t believe how sandy that one beach was! Most of the others in Maine are so rocky too!

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  6. Laura Ducher says:

    Beautiful pictures for a beautiful family ! A totally different life from LA, but so enjoyable, can’t wait to see more about it Eva 🙂

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  7. jennifer says:

    looks like a wonderful vacation, thank you for sharing!

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  8. Cat says:

    So sweet! What a fun vacation y’all had. Thanks once again for sharing with us. It is so fun to see Lowie with her hair down. Man that girl has a LOT of it – reminds me of both of mine. Look forward to seeing the second half tomorrow and can’t wait until next year when baby boy Martino can really get in on the action <3

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    • Hahaha yes, she does have a lot of hair! I’ve already cut it 3 times, too! 🙂

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  9. Britt says:

    What trail did you guys do with the littles? We went to Bar Harbor in June with our little guy who turns 2 in September.. But we didn’t get to do a hike with him because I was concerned about him not listening on the more dangerous parts and there is no way he would have stayed in a carrier!

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    • Oh fun! Yes, we actually found quite a few great ones. We did a hike to Sand Beach, the Cliff Walk, and another near the cliff walk trail. All in Acadia! We were super vigilant, and she was totally fine. I think that girls are different than boys though in terms of ability to herd them! ha!

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  10. em says:

    so freakin’ precious. I’m embarking on the 8 hour drive to New Hampshire from PA to see my mom on friday with my two boys (6&2)! It’s the same kind of natural, soul renewing beauty. Plus all the awesomeness of my mom! I can’t wait. wish me luck on the drive up, no hubs this year as my wingman!!!

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    • Gah! You go mama!! Enjoy your fun vacay!
      xoxo EAM

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