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While the grandparents were visiting this week, we spent a memorable day at Reid State Park in Georgetown. The quintessential Maine park offers swimming at both a traditional beach (Todd’s Point) and a warmer, saltwater lagoon (Griffith Head). Our crew opted for the road to Todd’s Point, where we spotted deer grazing in a field and gulls flying over salt marshes. And the view of the ocean? Spectacular.

Dreamy… no?

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CP #2 is about to celebrate his 3rd birthday and because he is our resident rocker, MP decided to throw him a rock and roll themed bash. To help, she enlisted the talents of Olio Designs in Rangeley. Shop owner/designer Meg Shelton is a dynamo when it comes to party favors. Even Martha Stewart Weddings noticed Meg’s talents and named her one the magazine’s favorite crafters. Needless to say, MP knew Meg would rock this assignment.

CP#2 in his element

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Last week, while perusing the shelves at the library, we discovered Trouble on the Tracks by Lebanon-based author and illustrator, Kathy Mallat. CP #2 adores trains but as many parents know, not all train books are created equal. Yes, we mean you, Thomas.

Trouble on the Tracks is endearing because it illustrates the power of a child’s imagination. In the story, a young conductor takes his readers on an unexpected journey, where Trouble—a black cat with piercing yellow eyes—causes problems for a passenger train. Does the train recover? And will Trouble be back? Little ones will thrill in the discovery.

To learn more about the author, visit http://www.kathymallat.com

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Note: The 2015 Clam Festival, which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary, promises to be a blast! The parade, carnival, and horse drawn wagon rides remain highlights. In the Kids’ Area this year, look for magic shows, live music and balloon tying. Also, we have it on good authority that our friends at Islandport Press will be giving away 100 copies of some of their most popular children’s books each day (look for their booth at the Merrill Library). 

The team had a blast at the Yarmouth Clam Festival Friday. As planned, we spent most of our time on the Merrill Library lawn, taking in musical acts like the sassy Ann Sparling, who sang kid favorites like The Pumpkin Vine, I’m a Nut, Ting-A-Lay-O and Mr. Sun. The young audience played instruments, danced and marched around the big, blue tent. And CP#1 was thrilled when Ann invited her to wear a dog costume for How Much is That Doggie in the Window?

CP #1 in her furry best

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Sometimes our best craft ideas are inspired by friends. A few weeks ago, CP#1’s classmate arrived at our local Children’s Garden Party in the cutest straw hat. Her mother found the hat in Target’s $1 bin, purchased ribbon, some artificial flowers and let her daughter do the decorating. We love simple craft projects like these, so the team went on a search mission for our own straw hats. We discovered some fun styles at the Salvation Army in South Portland and the Falmouth Goodwill for just $2 apiece…. score!

CP#1’s hat pre-makeover (the existing purple flower stayed put)

CP#2’s cowboy hat

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CP#2’s birthday is fast approaching, and the team has been on the lookout for some things he can really use. MP was thrilled when she discovered a super cool, screen-printed truck tee at Ember Grove in Portland. The boy loves farm machinery of any kind—this t-shirt was perfect for him.

Inside Ember Grove in Portland

Alas, the shop was sold out in his size, so MP contacted the artist, Colleen Foley, to see if she had more available. Colleen saved the day and created a vintage truck tee in CP#2’s favorite shade of orange.

The t-shirt that started it all…

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Today, Team Cute Potato braved the crowds in Boothbay for the much-anticipated opening of the Bibby & Harold Alfond Children’s Garden.

The team stands in front of a colorful mural before entering the garden

We missed the initial pomp and circumstance, which included opening remarks from Senator Susan Collins, Maine’s First Lady Karen Baldacci, a parade, ribbon cutting ceremony and the quick devouring of 500 cupcakes.

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