We’ve had a slew of visitors lately. My brother Eli was here for a week for a conference and then Jeff’s sister Mary Ann and her family came on their way to Vienna where they are leading a BYU study abroad this summer. I love visitors. I love getting out and doing things with people I really love and never get to see.
When Eli was here we had our second Shumway Family Adventure. We went to George’s Island which is one of the Boston Harbor Islands.
Just riding on the T was an adventure for Hazel and Charlie, but boy howdy, when we got on a boat they were THRILLED. The boat ride was windy and exhilarating. We were the first visitors to the Island this season, so we felt pretty cool.
I’ve heard a lot about the Boston Harbor Islands, but never been…..and I fell in love. This place was amazing. Fun, interesting, historical, adventurous, beautiful. I loved every minute of it. And the kids did too.
Charlie was thrilled beyond words by the speed of the boat, the wind in his face, the sound of the engine. That little boy is so easily delighted. It is delightful to be around him (most of the time). It was so great having Eli around. He is so helpful with the kids and took half of these pictures. I love that guy. Wish he’d move to Boston with his lovely wife. Oh George’s Island there is a great old fort that dates back to 1847. It is filled with rooms and doors and staircases and dark tunnels to explore. I was in heaven. I love that stuff. The kids loved it too. Oh boy, I love this picture….In the fort there is an old brick oven bakery. Jeff was mortified that I was putting the kids in the oven….but how could I resist? If you look close you can see that our little bun in the oven (Emmeline) had a great taste of old old soot.
These stone archways brought me back to my study abroad adventure in Israel. I had the kids and Jeff and Eli sing with me to take advantage of the great acoustics. It sounds so cool to sing in places like that.
We had a picnic lunch on top of the fort with a great view of Boston. It was Emmeline’s 6 month birthday (to the date), so we gave her her very first meal then and there. She did great (with Hazel’s help of course).
We spent a good hour napping by the beach. The clouds cleared just in time for Hazel and Charlie to search for sea glass. We discovered it to be kind of addicting, sea glass is memorizing to me….it’s amazing what the ocean can make out of old beer bottles. Guess we wore him out with ADVENTURE. I can’t wait to go again! I love that place!