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Your vacation looks like my idea of bliss - beach, creating, visiting, good food, and relaxation. Your Mom is adorable. Welcome home!

karen on bainbridge island

You just described the best vacations. No over scheduling, lots of just hanging out and being with your favorite people. Bliss.

Laura @ 52 FLEA

Glad you had such a lovely time with your family! Happy summer!


Love the photos, especially the one with the water splashing over the pail. That is a sweet pic of your mom. "Hi, cute Mom!" (waving)

Julie Clark

Your pics are so good. (and the art too!) Glad you went along so we can share in the fun. Counting down to Vermont! Julie


beach days are the best. I was supposed to go today.. but my daughter convinced me to go shopping instead.. but tomorrow.. its the beach for sure!
great blog you have!


I have only been to Cape Cod once but what a beautiful place. Your photos bring back happy memories. I really would love to go back some day.

Jeanette in Illinois

Thanks for sharing these sweet photos from a precious time spent with your family! And, thanks for the his smile when I saw the photo of your darling Mom at the end of the post. She is such a gem! Hello apple and tree!! :)
Your vacation sounds like a dream vacation to me. I love how you incorporated creativity into your time, too!
Can't wait to see what you're up to....

Cherie Wilson

Ahoy mates! An inspired season on the horizon! Hello to Mum. And Kudos to those great kids of yours! xoxo

Jone Hallmark

yes, the epitome of SUMMER..... so nice.
I love your photos. It makes me feel like I am there - with the smells and the peace and quiet......
.........lazy summer days with no agenda other than spending time doing things you love to do.

thanks for the reminder that days can be that way....


It does sound perfect Charlotte! And your mom is too cute.


What wonderful photos, Charlotte! Thank you for sharing them. It felt like being there...


As soon as I saw the pics, I said to the laptop, "Chatham?!" We were right up the road for the same weekend. How I wish we could have visited.

And your mom is just adorbs, as the kids say.

Troy Louise

What a perfect way to spend time with family. Love the pic of your Mom. I could use a little beach time. Thanks for sharing.


What a treat to have your children treat you! Your words and your photos are perfect!

Lesley Austin

Hello Charlotte,
I am so glad to have found you again, after losing the thread of connection somehow over the past few years.

The photo of your dear mom is just so wonderful. I know you are treasuring her!

My mom is gone now, but we are figuring out life with just the two of us at home now and have such times as you've shared in this lovely post to look forward to in the future.

With warm good wishes,


That's Women's Work!

Isn't time spent with our kids (and mom!) priceless? My husband and I just spent a week in Grand Rapids, MI visiting with my daughter. I cherished each and every moment. Looks like you had a wonderful time...and some good eats!
Best ~


What a lovely vacation! We use to rent a cottage in Harwichport for a week in the summers when we lived closer. We loved it! Chatham was always a must to visit. It's too far from California now. Thanks for the glimpse!


A gorgeous post. Your mom is my favorite part. She has a twinkle in her eye just made me smile.

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