When I was growing up, our family was friends with another family, the Leffrings.  They had seven kids total, but my two sisters and I were closest with their middle three boys.  We hung out with them at our church groups, had them over for movie nights and brownies and took yearly trips up to Mackinaw with them.  Some of my favorite memories were with the Leffrings and to this day I always look forward to seeing their family when I am home in Michigan.

Well, all the way in Seattle, when I was growing up, my amazing husband Jeremy was growing up with his own family friends, the Larsens.  They too spent much of their time together and made all sorts of memories spending numerous vacations together out at Whidbey Island.  Throughout the years, Jeremy shared how important the Larsens were to his family and so when they called up and said they were going to be in New York City, we knew we had to have them out to stay with us in Eastport.

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They had a group of nine, and after spending Tuesday in the City, came out to spend a few days with us.  We introduced them to New York culture immediately with some beautiful pies from Michaelangelo’s.

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Wednesday was our main day together, so we started off in Westhampton with some treats from the Beach Bakery.

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Then we drove down to Roger’s Beach, because it was said that a few wanted to put their feet into the ocean.  Which I thought was quite commendable.

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Jennifer later told me that it felt like sticking your feet in ice, which made sense.

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Despite the cold, it was still fun to introduce our Pacific Northwest friends to our beautiful Atlantic Ocean.

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We continued to head East stopping in Southampton and then East Hampton.  I took advantage of the situation and captured a few glamour shots of this sweet girl.

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She was the perfect model and even inspired our friend Jack to find his inner model.  Sadly, Jeremy and I had to head back since we had Hangtime, but most of the rest of the crew continued east to make the drive out to Montauk.  Feedback was that they thoroughly enjoyed seeing our lighthouse and stopping for food on the way home.

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After Hangtime, we took the whole crew to the Moriches Bay Diner and everyone had a nice dinner together.  After that, we headed home to watch the Greatest Showman and have a Shuffleboard tournament.

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Congrats to Merry, who beat out everyone and took home the $10 trophy prize.  I’m hoping she found something fun to spend it on in the City, where they left for the next morning.

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We sent them on their way early Thursday morning, to catch their train.  I ran out to get hot bagels from Pete’s and reflected that in just a few days, we really filled them with some of the best food our little town has to offer.

I’m so thankful for family friends and especially for Jeremy’s friends, the Larsens who were able to come out from Seattle to visit us on Long Island.  We had a wonderful time visiting with them and hope they enjoy the rest of their stay on our beautiful coast.

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Written by lauraherr8

I love Jesus, my Youth Pastor Husband and our two beautiful children. I'm a professional photographer and I love people, especially kids. My best days include time with my family, Hot Yoga and a Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream cone.

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