On the morning of February 12, and after a 17 minute car ride that seemed to take hours, we were blessed with the birth of our second son! Hugo Henry was born at 9:13am weighing just over 7 pounds and a very respectable length of 21 inches. We like to think he is absolutely perfect. It had been an interesting few weeks as each snow storm brought another twist to the waiting game we played, but in the end Hugo decided to arrive on a bright snowless morning. We want to thank all of you who have been sending us well wishes and can't wait for you to meet the little guy. And for those wondering, Connor is absolutely thrilled to have a new brother and can't stop showering him with affection. We are sure they will be quite the duo when it comes to their campground so many apologies in advance! We are so blessed to watch our children grow among you and yours and only hope to have the privilege of watching your family grow as well throughout the many years to come.
Spring is officially here and hopefully snow will soon stop making an appearance. We're getting pretty antsy here at Shady Acres for April 15th. Michael is busy getting the park ready and Connor (now 20 months) is busy getting into everything. The bathroom renovations are well underway and although my mind is bursting of color swatches, tile samples and plumbing fixtures, the end result is going to be amazing. I can't wait to say that we have the BEST campground bathrooms in New England, but I'm going to have to, because if we want to get technical, right now we don't even have toilets!
We are also super busy planning this year's activity schedule. We are revamping the format this year, and every weekend will be a themed weekend. Truth be told it is just our excuse to sneak in some of the crazy activities that we couldn't find a place for otherwise. For example, 80's weekend. Michael and I are both children of the 80's, so we harbor a secret love for teased hair, Rainbow Brite, John Hughes and leg warmers. Well, maybe we don't BOTH harbor a secret love for Rainbow Brite, but you get the idea. Our planning sessions often devolve into silly reminiscing.
We also have a Hero's weekend in the works for May, where we want to honor all First Responders (EMT's, Police, Fire), Veterans and Active Military. It should be a fun way to say thank you to the people who make the USA what it is. Can you imagine a better place to raise your family? We have a great community here and I think you all would be surprised to learn how many of of these amazing people are camping among you, sporting marshmallow stains instead of badges and spending their very precious off duty time at Shady Acres.
We have so much more planned and it is going to be an amazing summer. There are sure to be some new faces down the road from you and new friends you have yet to meet. Shady Acres is a great place to relax and wind down from the stress of your every day. Life moves a little slower down here, unless you're doing a relay race. I can't wait to see you soon!
As snow flakes fall on a late winter's day we can't help but to look forward to another season of fun here at Shady Acres. We are now just weeks away from the 2014 Camping Season and promise this summer will be better than ever in our quiet little corner of New England paradise.
Although the campground sits empty we are hard at work getting ready for April 15th, 2014! We are very pleased and blessed to have Bill and Diane back for another season of dance lessons, karaoke, BINGO, and much more. It's safe to say Bill and Diane are the cornerstone of our activity schedule and we hope you enjoy having them as much as we do. We are in the process of completing that activity schedule for the summer and, quite frankly, we believe this season's schedule to be the fullest in Shady Acre history. All we can say is that you and your family are going to have a ton of fun this season. You can look forward to seeing April's events within a few weeks. As always, our activity schedule is an evolving process. We would love to hear great ideas, bad ideas, and everything in between!
If you haven't already heard, on Saturday, March 8th we will open our doors for anyone who is interested in camping with us this season but has never seen our park. During the Open House guests will be able to tour the campground, see our Rec Hall, and join us in the office for campground treats. You will also be able to talk with us about future reservations and camping at Shady Acres. The open house is intended for those who have never been to the campground before, however current seasonal guest, or those who have already camped with us, are absolutely welcome to attend. Bring a friend we're going to have a blast!
You may have notice things look a little different around Shady Acres Camping .com. When designing the new website, we wanted a page that gave you as much content without sacrificing simplicity. We believe, and hope, you are able to find a little more information a lot easier. In the coming weeks even more campground related content will be added, so please stay tuned!
We will be welcoming several work campers to help us keep your campground great this summer. More about them will be posted soon. In addition to our work campers, we will have two new VIPS (very important pups) joining us for the season. Maggie and Lily, gentle giants adopted in Colorado by Scott and Susan, will be reporting for duty and making the Shady Acres rounds all summer long. We are sad to say Abby, our camp store dog, passed away this winter and is already tremendously missed.
So as winter lazily makes it way out of New England, we hope you are getting ready for another great season of camping at Shady Acres. Hang in there, we'll be sitting by the campfire in no time!