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Wow, it feels like summer only just began. The boys go back to school tomorrow and I have mixed feelings about that. I am sad that our days will not be carefree, fun packed, filled with memory making moments, sunshine and sand; however I do need to get us all back in the groove of WORK!

It has been wonderful to take a few weeks off and have some quality family time together. However Fall is rapidly approaching and with that comes school, homework and a busy schedule for all of us.

We took a well deserved back to Cape Cod in August, with our good friends. We were so lucky to have excellent weather every day. We were closely following the weather reports as Hurricane Irene was due to hit the east coast at the end of our week. We made a last minute decision to head home a day early, which was not something that any of us really wanted to do. However we felt that it made sense to get home and prepare our home as best we could for the possible arrival of Mother Natures unwanted visitor.

As it turned out we were very lucky, we had a great ride home, allowing us plenty of time to pack up garden furniture into the house and generally ready ourselves. We were relatively unscathed, with the exception of a few tree limbs down and loss of power for several days. Thankfully no flooding or other damage, unlike many thousands along the Eastern Seaboard.

Here are just a few of my favorite images from our relaxing vacation in Falmouth, MA. I came home thinking that I would LOVE to move to Cape Cod. How do I make that happen?

One of the many reasons I love the Cape is for its network of bike paths. The one close to the house we rented is called the Shining Sea Bikeway. It is just over ten miles in length and offers amazing views for its entirety, passing through salt marshes and hugs the Vineyard Sound coastline.

We headed east on Wednesday to visit the Moody family. We had a wonderful afternoon catching up with everyone. We had a swim in the (neighbors) pool, kayaked on the bay and beach combed for a while too. A full afternoon of summertime adventures.

We figured that is really was a good time to leave when we saw the beach front houses being boarded up in preparation for Hurricane Irene! Sad to have to head home, but we had a magnificent time and cannot wait until next summer to do it all over again.

Watching the slideshow bought a tear or two to my eyes – why did summer have to pass by so quickly? I know that I will sit and watch this over and over again in the depths of winter, when the snow is on the ground. I hope it warms me just a little.

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