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We are finally home. We spent the past week in Maine on a little family vaca. It was wonderful. The scenery was beautiful, the weather was AMAZING, and the rest and relaxation was much needed. We spent the whole week with some dear friends whom we don’t get to see often enough. Today it is back to reality and the Kansas heat. I have lots of pictures that I will share soon. In the mean time, here is a little glimpse into our vacation via Instagram.

1. vacation here we come
2. checking out the planes
3. please go to sleep baby
4. weary travelers…and still five hours to go

Β 5. to the shore
6. coming back from the water
7. sandy baby feet
8. oh how I wish I could kayak too
9. colorful buoysΒ 
10. starfish
11. Bar Harbor
12. fresh Maine crab roll
13. boats in the harbor
14. lovin’ the beach
15. hydrangeas everywhere
16. lighthouse
17. Levi & Mama
18. IKEA in BostonΒ 
19. can we please go back?
20. lobster cages
21. wild Maine blueberries
22. my baby boys
23. a day at the beach
24. New England donuts
I decided to give Instagram a try while we were away and I loved it.
I might be addicted now…so fun!
  • Mindy Harris - welcome back!! looks like a blast. your energy while pregnant inspires me.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - instagram hooked me in as well!!! so glad ya’ll got to get away from the heat. you poor thing chasing around your adorable lil one in this heat and yet still looking so cute and preggo. you pull it off well! loving readin your blog as always.ReplyCancel

  • The Moffats - yeah!! i’ve been waiting and waiting for pics!! SOOOOOO cute! and for the record, i’m also a little teensy tiny itty bit jealous. it looks beautiful there! that first set where you are holding levi trying to get him to go to sleep reminds me so much of a pic you have holding cora close…bad description but it looks so similar and i can see such resemblance in levi to cora. do you know which one i am talking about?? you had it in a little frame at one time. anyway πŸ™‚
    looks like fun and relaxation was had by all. check. check. glad you are back home safely. now get your butts to colorado πŸ™‚ oh wait, you are about to have a BABY! ok, looks like i need to get my butt to kansas!
    pretty sure this is my longest blog comment. ever. πŸ™‚ love and hugs.ReplyCancel

  • klinsfamom - So THAT is where you have been! So glad you had fun. Now I will stop obsessively checking in. Ha! Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - I got hooked on instagram while on our recent vacay too. Like I needed one more ‘internet thing’ to be addicted to πŸ˜‰

    You look adorable, love the pictures, just talked recently about my large desire to visit Maine… this post has further increased that desire to visit. looks beautiful, sounds wonderful and cooler weather during Texas summers is always a welcomed change πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - Welcome home! Looks like y’all had a great time. One of my favorite childhood vacations was visiting the lighthouse at Cape Elizabeth!ReplyCancel

  • Stef - this vacation looks like it was so fun and relaxing! I like the way you did your pictures and descriptions too.
    My dream is to go to Maine someday… did you see amazing lighthouses?ReplyCancel

  • Littlest Learners - You were in my neck of the woods. In fact, I made the trek south to that very same IKEA last week too. Glad you had a wonderful vacation.

    ❀Jodi from…
    β˜…β˜…The Clutter-Free Classroomβ˜…β˜…
    Helping Teachers Get OrganizedReplyCancel

  • DianeTaylor - Hi Jess – love that you went to Maine, I’m a NE girl at heart (born and raised in Providence RI) so all of your pics are near and dear to my heart. LOVE Bar Harbor. And of course Dunkin Donuts, the staple of all New Englanders, lol. Looks like you had a great time – welcome home!ReplyCancel

  • Natasha - Looks like a fabulous vacation! And I am in LOVE with Instagram! The best app ever!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jenna - Hi there! We live in Wichita but L-OVE New England! We took a big trip as a babymoon two years ago and traveled to Bar Harbor. What a fun time we had. We would love to go back some day. This summer we took our little guy with us and went to Providence RI. I’m curious, how did you guys decide to go there? If you’re interested in sharing, would love to see more of your trip!ReplyCancel

  • Bethany - Oh, I love Maine! It looks like such a fun vacation. Love the picture of you and your boys. So sweet!!!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - What cute pictures! I will have to try that out. Is it a website?ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - Love your pictures! Looks like a wonderful vacation!ReplyCancel

  • This Farm Family's Life - Glad you are back. Can’t wait to see more pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Jen - I’m glad yall had fun exploring Maine. We’ve been stationed in Mass before and just fell in love with Maine and have been to all those sites you filled with pictures. Thanks for the memories.ReplyCancel

  • EricaG - We took our honeymoon in Maine 10years ago this month. You brought back wonderful memories. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Meghan - Just looking at these pictures makes me feel like I’ve been on a vaca. πŸ™‚ PS I just finished my own 30 day challenge. Thank you so much for getting me started on a whole new perspective to my devotional time. It’s so neat that your blog can bring such positive changes to so many people’s lives. Thanks Jess!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Hi Jess. Glad to see you guys got a family vacation in before the new little addition arives. I have a question for you. I am about to take my little one on her first airplane ride and was wondering if you have any suggestions to make it as smooth as possible?! I’m packing dumb dumbs (I heard they help with ear poping) and I got two new toys that won’t be seen til take off. Thanks for any advice!ReplyCancel

  • Bethany - Looks like you had a wonderful time… love the instagram memories you shared with us. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Jody - Looks like you had a great time! Can’t wait to make my own trip to New England someday.ReplyCancel

  • Olivia's Mommy - First off, Love instagram….have been following your blog for a few months now! Love your decorating ideas and birthday party ideas! hope you had a great vacation, I live in Boston and Maine is gorgeous, your pics are so nice! Hope you enjoyed the East Coast, it’s nice here and the summer hasn’t been as hot as KS.ReplyCancel

  • Handwoven Dreams - What beautiful pictures and post~ReplyCancel

  • Faith - yeaahhh!! so much fun! love all the pics! instagram IS addicting! πŸ™‚ welcome back!ReplyCancel

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  • The Gava Family - Love the pics. I am from CA but now call Maine home. It is a beautiful state. Glad you enjoyed your vaca.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - “We spent the whole week with some dear friends…” It would sound to me that they are the GREATEST FRIENDS on earth. Especially Nate!

    I “MIGHT” have some of that crab roll…hmmm… “Might you?”

    Please take more pictures of your husband next time. I print them off and hang them up in my bathroom. He is so hot! Your a lucky lady!

    How many pregnant women do you know that can only finish half a chocolate mile shake. I know of one now…

    We love you guys! Thanks for coming out and letting us spend time with you. Especially Levi! I loved getting “The Look”.

    Joel, sorry about Owen’s low blow good bye.

    The Anti- Fun HaterReplyCancel

  • the zipfs - “Mile Shake” = “Milk Shake”ReplyCancel

  • Meggie - Looks like ya’ll had a great vacation! I can’t wait to hear more! =)ReplyCancel

  • karen - Looks like fun! I’d love to go someday πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Ford - So glad you got to get away, just the 3 of you before new baby brother comes!!!

    Ok, so i’m living in the dark ages and still have a phone where you have to push a button 3 times to get the letter “O”, etc… I’ve never wanted to pay for a data plan or cared about an iphone…
    until this post. And now, i’m dying for one. I googled instagram and i’m telling you, i just HAVE to have it. In fact, i emailed my husband and told him i know what i want for Christmas.
    It would make my blog life so much easier!

    Crossing my fingers to get one!! HA! OH, and my husband says “thanks alot”! bahahah πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • The Morris Family - I LOVE LOVE instgram!!!!! its is addicting!!!!!

    Great pictures!!!ReplyCancel

  • Amber - I have always wanted to go to Maine! It looks like your trip was a lot of fun! I look forward to seeing more photos.ReplyCancel

  • Christina Golden - Were you in bar harbor? i went there last summer with my hubby and i found it to be AMAZING. I cannot wait to go backReplyCancel

  • Heather - I love new england..this is where I spent a lot of time growing up on vacations as grandma lives right by the ocean in CT!! I love the houses with the shingles…so great!! Glad you had fun!! Brings back a bunch of memories for me to look at these pics!!ReplyCancel