Two days after coming home from Maine we headed out to a friend's surprise birthday party, and it ended up being a really fun date for us with dinner and dancing! We had one of the kids snap a picture of us, and as all the kids do, they can't just take 1 picture - and then google puts together an animation, so there you have it! Then 5 days later (today) we decided to go out on a date with just the two of us! I only took 3 pictures so Google put together a collage for me. I think I could get used to all of this dating! :-)
Today was Scott & Laura's anniversary, so we gave them the place to themselves in the morning and went on a hike to Mead Mountain. It started out a bit buggy, honestly, and I wanted to turn back a few times because of it. But once we were up in the elevation it was much better, and then the vista at the end was definitely worth it! We didn't know it at the time, but it was actually a loop, so we went down the other side on a very fun hike across rocks and tundra and streams and lush vegetation. We were hot and thirsty and very satisfied by the time we made it back to the vehicle. We got back around lunch time and had a lovely lunch with our friends. We were going to hit Otter Point and Thunder Hole, but we decided to rest during the afternoon. Before we left for dinner I took a picture of our bedroom and the view from our bedroom window - it was so nice! Then it was time for a lobster feast!! Get a load of the picture of the lobsters we had - wow! There was a dock at the restaurant, so after we ate we walked down to the dock, put some music on our phones, and danced away! It was so much fun! We are all SO not wanting this trip to end. We finally made our way home and put in the movie Seabiscuit that was there at the place we were staying. Such a good movie! As my mom used to say, all good things must come to an end, so we will head home tomorrow and close this chapter on an awesome Maine vacation!
What a fantastic day!! We had a nice leisurely morning, and then left for Bar Harbor (stopping to grab some ice cream on the way) in the afternoon. We did the self-guided Bar Harbor walking tour, and I just loved it (although we only got a fraction of the way through it!). One of our first stops was at this view of Bar Island that you can only get to during low tide (which you can see we were smack dab in the middle of when we were there. You have to read the warning sign I took a picture of it - I think it's hilarious. We then made our way to the dock and the 4 mainsail mast schooner we had purchased tickets for a sunset cruise! Tim and Scott helped hoist one of the mainsails! They had a guy playing his guitar and singing, and it was just a great atmosphere! We met another couple on their anniversary. They are believers, too, so we had a great time fellowshipping with them! And the sunset wasn't half bad as well! I gotta say - I'm a little spoiled from the Cadillac Mountain one. :-) We ended the evening in a pub having a huge pretzel to share! Another great day!
I'm going to warn you ahead of time, we took a TON of pictures tonight and I'm going to post most of them! That was probably one of the most beautiful sunsets I've ever seen - and it lasted for like 2 hours!! It was amazing! We had a very nice and relaxing day and didn't do much of anything other than Tim and I put together the puzzle you see in the picture below. We went to see the sunset on Cadillac Mountain, and it was spectacular! Here are some of the pictures:
We checked out of our cabin this morning, and while we waited to be able to check into our Airbnb we took a quick trip into Bar Harbor to check it out. It is such a quaint little town I fell in love with it immediately! We then drove about 45 minutes to our Airbnb in Surry, with a lovely view of the water! Here are some pictures we took today:
We started out hiking around Jordan's Pond, and then hiked up a ton of stones to the top of the South Bubble of The Bubbles Mountains. It was a beautiful view once we got up there. We were actually pretty warm as we saw temperatures in the mid 80's! It's evidently a loop that takes you over the North Bubble and on around the lake, but we decided to go back the way we came to save time because we were getting hungry! Laura stood in a long line when we got back to purchase the famous popovers for us. The rest of us told her we didn't want any but she got enough for all of us and we were so glad she did - yummy!!! What were we thinking? Since our car was in the shade we just ate from the back of the car and celebrated our great accomplishment! Lol! We then drove down to the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse and spent some time there just enjoying the scenery and relaxing on the rocks! It was a good day to be had by all!!!
I keep saying to our friends, Scott & Laura, I can't believe we're actually here! Honestly, the fact that this trip was hanging in the balance so much makes being here that much sweeter. Our cabin is so quaint and cozy, and the view fantastic! We arrived yesterday and went to pick up our standard SUV and all they had was a deluxe SUV - a Range Rover (one of Tim's most favorite vehicles!). That'll do! We stopped and got groceries and then landed at our cabin in the evening. Today was rainy and cold - a perfect day to just relax and bask in being together and resting and eating all the food we bought! Here are some pictures we took. Tomorrow we're planning on hiking in Acadia - can't wait!
Well, it seems like everything is falling into place for us to be able to go tomorrow! That's the good news. The bad news is that Nathan got up at 3am and waited in line and got tested this morning and he definitely has Covid-19. We already figured as much, but it's still a bummer for it to be official. I highly recommend the place he went to today - Advent Health Centra Care on Bloomingdale. He said they were really nice and tested him quickly (he was 4th in line) and gave him the results right away. So he's really not going to be able to go back to work before college after he quarantines and then goes on vacation with a buddy of his - they're going out to Grand Teton National Park at the end of the month. But he's feeling better and it appears Nicole & Nicholas and I dodged the bullet! Praise God!
Nathan started having symptoms today - boo! So he is joining Noah in their room of quarantine. Nicole and I are furiously wiping surfaces and light fixtures and cabinets and appliance handles regularly and wearing masks and gloves when we deliver food to the sickies. Tim is thankfully feeling better as of yesterday but is staying in the room and I'm with Nicole for another 3 days after symptoms subside per recommendation. I think one of the worst things about this whole thing for me is the mental anguish of not knowing if I'm going to get it because we're supposed to be flying out next Thursday for our vacation. If I get it now our vacation is over. And that doesn't just affect me and Tim, it affects our friends that we are meeting up in Maine to help them celebrate their anniversary. I'm meditating on trusting the Lord because this is completely out of my control!
On a positive note, the same friend, Linda Boswell, who brought us Thanksgiving dinner when I came home from the hospital last year brought us an incredible grain bowl dinner last night! Check it out below:
Before I talk about our 4th, I need to mention that Covid-19 has struck our house - BOO!! Tim started feeling badly this past Monday night, so just as a precaution I went and slept in Nicole's room. SO glad I did!! He started out with congestion and a fever, so we were just thinking it was a cold. But by Wednesday he was having body aches that he said felt worse than when he fell off a roof and hit a wall back when he was installing solar. And then Friday he felt chest pressure that he said felt like a lava lamp was inside his chest! He called on Thursday to schedule getting tested, and they gave him a date 2 weeks out (the day we're supposed to leave for a vacation in Maine that we've been planning for 6 months!). Ugh! When I saw Noah taking ibuprofen yesterday morning and checked his forehead it finally hit me what we were dealing with and how we needed to respond. I sat down with the other kids that morning so we could process what was happening and what we needed to do, and they all called their workplaces as we settled in to quarantine as a family. I am still staying in Nicole's room and Noah and Tim are quarantined to their rooms. We let Tim out for a brief photo op at dinner time yesterday, but he's been a good boy staying in his room this whole time! One of our friends brought over Zinc and Eucalyptus Oil and Thieves Oil and a diffuser and Protandem for Tim and Oscillococcinum for me today. So sweet! Nathan and Nicole and Nicholas got up at 4 this morning to wait in line at TGH Urgent Care Fasttrack walk-in clinic on Symmes Road to get tested, and when they opened at 8 they were told they were waiting in line for an appointment, so they had to go back. Then when they went back they were told they couldn't be tested because they didn't have symptoms! So frustrating!! They were told there was not going to be a charge for their visit, but I'm suspicious. I would suggest staying away from that place, personally.
OK - onto our small family holiday gathering yesterday! Nicholas helped me make a yummy fruit pizza!! I really enjoyed that time with him, and I think we did pretty good for the first time either of us made anything like that! We were able to keep it as a surprise from the others, so we brought it out together at the end of the meal. The rest of the evening was low and slow as we continue in our quarantine.
Tim & Jodie