It was an odd Christmas this year, fun, but odd. Mostly it was the weather’s fault, which was having an existential crisis and couldn’t decide if it wanted to be summer or winter.
On Sunday when we headed up to the lake, it felt hot in the car. Like really hot, put down the windows and strip down to a T-shirt hot. I turned on my mobile and saw this:
Hmmm….I admit that I’ve never seen that in December, let alone November, but we went with it. When we got up to the lake, we ran down to the dock, eager to dip our toes in the water. Unfortunately the lake was still frozen.
Unperturbed, we suited up and got ready for a few of our favorite summertime activities. Emma dug out her swimsuit, while I made myself a BLT.
We considered breaking out the Slip ‘n Slide but figured that the ground might be too muddy, so we headed back inside to do another favorite summertime activity: decorate our Christmas tree. Pardon me, a favorite wintertime activity. Now you can see how confusing this was for everyone.
Tree decorating is really Lauren’s domain. She does it so well that I’m hands off about the whole thing. We end up with a bunch of bare spots and hand-drawn ornaments but it gives our tree a certain look that I’ve grown to love. My dad’s question: “Is your tree decorated?” Answer: “Yes.”
At last, just in time for Christmas, it snowed. Hard to believe that after a 70 degree day, we snuck in a white Christmas after all.
Christmas morning was the usual chaos. Toys were unwrapped and opened, game pieces went missing, pieces were retrieved, garbage bags were stuffed, pieces again went missing and were thought to be in the garbage bags, pieces were again found, cocktails were made, toys were defended, claims were staked.
That’s Emma defending primary cuddling rights to Pete the Cat. As you may know, he’s a celebrity in our house. Other high stakes gifts included Hex Bugs, which need a degree in engineering to assemble, Stompeez, Flipeez (apparently I keep getting those confused, thankfully Santa knows which ones are which), and the Barbie microphone. Which has a really cool voice changing feature that makes the kids sound like Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs. I’m teaching them to say “Don’t you hurt my dog!” which is hysterical for me and makes no sense to them. Which is fine. They don’t need to know about that movie just yet.
Although Christmas is always so much fun, it’s exhausting. It’s nice to be able to sneak in a nap, even when someone climbs into bed with you and steals all of the available real estate including the covers and the pillow.
One of the best Christmas presents we gave ourselves this year was ski gear and some lift tickets. Having grown up on the mountains – me on the tiny hills of Southern Ontario, and Rodney at Squaw Valley in California, we’ve been eager to get the kids skiing as well. And the more they ski, the more comfortable I’ll feel letting them tear up the slopes while I hunker down in the lodge for some early après ski.
Although New Jersey doesn’t boast the biggest hills in the Northeast, they’re big enough for our little crew to get comfortable on the snow and learn to ride the magic carpet. Even Emma, who wasn’t sure why she had two pieces of wood strapped to her feet, ended up enjoying her first day.
Aside from our skiing adventures, what I truly love most about the holidays is getting to lounge around with the family, eat good food, drink good wine, and new this year, make some over the top cocktails. I might have made vanilla ice cream just for purpose of drinking an authentic Guinness and rum float. Which is why I’m spending January as a vegan. No joke, atonement is serious business this year.
Hope everyone had a wonderful break. And it’s not over yet, New Year’s Eve is upon us, it’s time to celebrate with a few glasses of champagne and for us (after 6 long years with no plans) a well-deserved night out on the town with friends.
As an ode to 2013, a 15-second video montage:
Let’s make 2014 equally spectacular.
Happy New Year to you! Thanks for hosting and for being a part of my Wordless Wednesday community as well!
I liked your photos thanks for sharing, just wished the weather was like that here in London we have high winds and rain arrrgh!
Have a very Happy New Year & all the best for 2014 😉
Thanks, same to you Steve!
We had that weird “heat wave” here in Mass, too, but I don’t think we quite saw 70. We made it to about 65 or so, but we were still in short sleeves and flip flops 🙂
I know, it was kind of enjoyable right? Dead of winter now….at least it’s just a few more months until spring 🙂
great pics! Happy New Year!
Happy New Year to you, Rodney and the kids. Glad you had a chance to take to the slopes. Great pics and video finale.
Sweet photos, Happy New Year!!
We had some warmer weather for a couple of days, but not that warm.
Happy New Year!
Thanks, same to you! HNY 🙂
Glad you had a white Christmas! Hope you have a wonderful new year!
Looks like you had a great Christmas! Loved all the pictures! Happy New Year! Good luck going Vegan!
Thanks so much, day 2 of the vegan cleanse and all going well so far 🙂
Wow! Swimming one day snow the next! That’s amazing! We had a bit of confusing weather as well but Snow never made it’s way to us…we too had 70 degree days and then a week of frigid weather and rain. Happy New Year! I’m glad you added the video 😀
Looks like a wonderful day. The December weather was pretty wacky around here.
And now it’s well below freezing and I’m sort of craving a few warm days 🙂
I would go crazy on a 70 degree day in December! I get all fuzzy hearted and cheery when it snows and dips below zero in the weeks before Christmas 🙂 Bathing suits and snow boots all in the same week, wow!
And the Guinness rum float!? HELLO genius. Cannot wait to give that one a try.
I know, I love the cold weather in December, it was a definite buzz kill. Hope you had a fab New Year’s Eve and drank plenty of mocktails, due date coming up soon! Excited for you…
We love Pete the Cat, too! My daughter went around the house singing the Pete the cat school shoes song after her first day of Kindergarten. 🙂
Happy New Year, and Happy SITS day!
We love that song too, I bought a Pete the Cat book that came with audio, so hopefully the kids are going to love that too…
Sounds like the year ended well. And look what a great start you get to have to start the next one. Congratulations on your SITS day. I hope it’s a wonderful day for you.
Thanks, I agree, a great way to start the year!
I live in Colorado, so we often have weather like that. Sometimes 20-40 degree changes. It looks like you had a great day – beautiful photos!!
Thanks so much, the weather completely took me off guard, how do you ever plan what to wear with big temp changes like that! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by…
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Tip top stuff. I’ll expect more now.
Terrific photos! In STL we always have that, 70 one day 30 the next. You get quite used to it and just dress in layers all the time. 🙂 Glad you got both types of days to enjoy!
Happy SITS day!
Thanks so much Carla, enjoying my SITS day, fun to see new visitors coming by…
Hope your SITS day is going well. Loved the post, especially the part describing “Christmas morning”. My experiences are similar with my 2.5 year old and 8 month old! Have a great 2014!
Thanks so much Bonnie, Christmas with little ones at home is so fun isn’t it. Hope you had a great one and happy new year.
We had a day like this about a week ago. Tomorrow the wind chill will be below zero. I can’t take it! Anyhoo…love your site! Have a great SITS day and an awesome 2014.
And we have a snow storm that closed all the schools today, funny how the weather changes, I wish I had that 70 degree day back 🙂 Happy new year.
Happy New Year! Looks like a great day. It has yet to snow here and the kids refuse to believe that Christmas has already come and gone. Have a great SITS Day!
Aw, that’s so sweet, hopefully some snow on the way for your little guys.
Happy New Year and Happy SITS DAy! Your photos had me feeling nostalgic. Although we favored skiing in New England, we often went to what was then called Vernon Valley… can’t think of what it’s called now! I’m also wondering what lake as we vacationed in the Adirondacks every summer. I’m from upstate, although I live in the south now!
Vernon Valley is now (I believe) Mountain Creek, which is really close to our lake- we’re on Greenwood Lake, about 25 minutes away from Vernon. I took my kids skiing at Hidden Valley last year but to keep things closer to home, we went to Mt. Peter this year. Hope you’re enjoying some warm weather in the south 🙂
What’s a SITSday?
Beautiful pictures as always – looks like fun! Happy new year! Enjoy your vegan January!
Thanks so much ML! SITS is a community of bloggers and when you join and submit your blog, they publicize your site on the homepage for a day.
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