I wanted to write a recap of her trip and I'm just getting to it now! We've dubbed Elissa's long summer visits "Camp Cady". She had a list of things she enjoyed last summer that she wanted to do again this year. Eliot and I were more than happy to oblige. (Her list included a few of our favorite food places. Yum!) It was a great trip and we had a lot of memorable moments together. Here's an overview of the fun we had during her month long visit to Maine!
The first weekend Elissa was here, we took her down to Massachusetts to Six Flags New England and the Yankee Candle Village. We really wanted to take her last summer, but there simply wasn't enough time to do it. This year, we planned ahead, even having her come out a week early so we could fit it in! It was a blast. I'm not a roller coaster person, but Eliot and Elissa had a great time riding them. Their favorite was the new "Wicked Cyclone," the old wooden coaster that was just converted to steel tracks. The first day there, Eliot and I went on Blizzard River, a ride like Kali River Rapids. That's more my speed. Unfortunatley, we got soaked and it had just started raining when we went on the ride. We stayed at the park a little while longer before calling it a night, going back to the hotel and getting changed into dry clothes.
In fact, the store had quite a few Disney things on display. The best one of all... the Frozen village set with Elsa's Ice Castle. Over and over I told Eliot we didn't need it, but he insisted we get it since he knows how much I love Frozen. (He's the best!) I can't wait to put it on display this winter! It's stunning lit up.
After shopping, we took our bags out to the car and went back inside to get something to eat. Yankee Candle has a great selection of food and we ordered plenty. We sat next to the fountain while we enjoyed our meal. Afterwards, Elissa ran over to get some gourmet popcorn and then we bid the Yankee Candle Village goodbye.
Back home, we found plenty of things to keep ourselves busy. Elissa hung out at the house while Eliot and I were at work. At night, we'd try to watch movies. We also hit up a few of the local stores. Elissa and I enjoyed looking at craft supplies at Michael's, ACMoore and JoAnn's. Elissa was a fan of JoAnn's selection of Disney fabrics.
We enjoyed wandering around Wal-Mart. Our local store had a great section of Disney stickers and posters. One night, Elissa and I went to Kohl's and found the Lauren Conrad Minnie Mouse collection red skirt in my size! (And it came home with me.)
We also went to the mall a few times. Hot Topic is a personal favorite of ours. They carry a lot of Disney items. Elissa and I were on a mission to find Inside Out items; we weren't disappointed! We both left with Bing Bong shirts and Inside Out socks.
The following week, we took Elissa to Old Orchard Beach to watch the fireworks. Over the summer, the city has fireworks on the beach every Thursday night. Eliot and Elissa bought Pier Fries and I got an ice cream and we enjoyed the beautiful sunset and people watching. The fireworks display was a lot longer than I expected! It was a great show. After, we played on the beach for a little while before calling it a night.
The second weekend Elissa stayed with us, we had the Color Run. (Read more in my Color Run post.) Long story short, we had a good time even though it poured. It was really great to see our friends! We also had fun making our Tinker Bell inspired outfits!
Just like that Elissa's trip was already half way over! Check back in a few days for the recap of the second half of her stay with us! °o°