My Mom Visits Us In Maine

My mother visited last week. I hadn’t seen her since before we moved to Maine in the summer of 2007. It had been too long, and was great to finally spend time with her again.

I picked Kathy up from the airport Friday evening after work. Her birthday was Thursday, so we had a special dinner for her. Kirsten and I made lasagna before I left to work, and Kirsten made a fresh apple pie. It was all wicked delish.

Happy Birthday, Mom.
Happy Birthday, Mom.

Saturday morning Kathy and I woke wicked early to drive to Killington, Vermont for some fun on a mountain. Kirsten woke up, too, to fix us some scrumptious breakfast sandwiches. The weather at Killington was forecast to be 45° F in the afternoon with 40 MPH winds and rain. I figured we’d get in a few good runs in the morning before leaving early. It was my twentieth day snowboarding this season and probably my last. I was disappointed the season was ending, but glad to end it with my mom.

The weather at Killington turned out to be worse than was forecast. It was quite cold, and the snow conditions on the mountain were terrible. The snow was more like dry pellets of ice. It was impossible to carve a clean edge and in places quite unforgiving. We found a few trails on Skye Peak we enjoyed and rode them all morning. Before heading home we enjoyed watching colorful crazy people in costume attempt to skim across a short pond.

Brent and Kathy ride the gondola
Brent and Kathy ride the gondola
Kathy at Killington, Vermont
Kathy at Killington, Vermont
Brent on Killington's Skye Peak
Brent on Killington's Skye Peak

The long drive to and from Killington gave us much needed time to catch up. I enjoyed our discussions very much.

On Sunday the whole family drove to the Museum of Science in Boston. We watched “Mysteries of the Great Lakes” in the Omni Theater and “Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun” in the Hayden Planeterium in addition to visiting many of the static exhibits we always enjoy.

A Huge Hollis Tree
A Huge Hollis Tree
Skye and Kathy explore tiny stuff
Skye and Kathy explore tiny stuff

On the way home from Boston we stopped at Cape Neddick to visit Nubble Light. The girls enjoyed climbing on the rocks. The waves were huge.

Brent and Kathy at Nubble Light
Brent and Kathy at Nubble Light
Grandma Kathy at Nubble
Grandma Kathy at Nubble

Most of the week the weather was a bit gloomy and gray. Kathy took advantage of being indoors by teaching Skye and Jenna to sew. She and Skye sewed a costume for Skye to wear in her upcoming play, and with Jenna she helped sew a new skirt. The girls thoroughly enjoyed their time alone with their grandmother.

One day when the weather broke for a bit we went on a lighthouse tour. We started at Old Orchard Beach (from which we could see Wood Island Light), then went to Two Lights, Portland Head Light, Spring Point Ledge Light and Bug Light. The girls enjoyed walking the breakwater at Spring Point Ledge Light.

The Pier at OOB
The Pier at OOB
Portland Head Light
Portland Head Light

While we all wish the week didn’t go by so fast, Friday morning I dropped Kathy at the airport for her flight back to Denver so she can make final preparations for her summer in Alaska.

2 Comment

  1. Kathy Longacre says: Reply

    Brent what a wonderful recount of our special time together. Thank you so much.

  2. It was so nice to have Kathy here! I really enjoyed visiting with her I hope she will be able to come again soon, and that the weather will be better.

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