Let’s start with the tough news first. This winter we had not one, not two, not three…no, that would be seven pipes break at our lake house because of polar vortices #1 and #2. This was going to be the year to get the kids on skis for a whole season; the gear had been rented, the helmets sized. The repairs took 3 months and before we knew it, the ski hills of Northern New Jersey (they exist) were no longer open.
But the good news is that we’re back in action and were up at the lake house this weekend getting the place ready for Spring.
Which is tough when you have a hangover. This seems to be happening all too frequently, which I blame on the renovations, too much time in New York, and too many friends with early birthdays.
I go into these kinds of evenings with a strategy – stay calm, eat lots of food, drink a glass of wine, two max. Then someone orders a round of shots and the jig is up. The volume increases, the Champagne flows, and all of a sudden I’m waist-deep in a story about body waxing. Filter it! That’s at least the new plan since my inbound strategy never seems to work.
Jack always feels my pain. He’s like my hangover soul mate. The kind of supernatural being who understands my anguish and empathizes by mirroring my body language.
My kids, unfortunately, do not. To them, it’s any other day. “Where’s mom?” And by the way, “can we have pancakes?”
This weekend was no different. But without the energy for pancakes, I had to throw a coat over our heads papparrazi-style, usher them into the car, and drive them to the nearest Dunkin’ Donuts. Chocolate glazed for the kids; bacon, egg & cheese for me. Don’t tell anyone. It would rightfully ruin my healthy living cred. And what’s up with the egg at Dunkin Donuts? I know it’s made in a microwave, but why does it have the texture and flavor of a moldy sponge? I’m confused.
Back at home, Jackson found his favorite sunny spot by the window…
…while Rodney and I tended to a house that looked like a family of vagabonds had finally decided to settle and splurge on some oak flooring.
After a few hours of grunt work, the house started to look like a shadow of its former self. As a consolation prize for our efforts, I took the kids to feed the ducks from the dock…
…which was followed by a well-deserved white wine and salt & vinegar chip sunset. A lake house weekend wouldn’t be the same without it.
We all went to bed early, caught up on some much needed sleep, and woke up refreshed. Lauren gave Sam a neck tattoo, and we threw on Ghostbusters.
Which was clearly the adults’ attempt to sleep in, but given that a) Sam was too scared when Sigourney Weaver changed into The Gatekeeper Zuul and started to levitate and b) Emma and Lauren couldn’t figure out how to share a pillow, we needed a change of plans.
Which meant more cleaning and minimal kid supervision. Naturally the kids made themselves into giant Angry birds and began to fling themselves across the lawn.
But I’m happy to report that although it was an exhausting weekend, we got our house back. Even Emma, who no longer naps, had a pretty spectacular narcoleptic crash in the middle of the floor.
Although it was cold and windy this weekend, the sun was out, and our spirits were high. And I’m so excited to report that for the first time ever, we’re planning to spend the summer up at the lake. With minimal hangovers of course.
What a great set of fun photos cute too heheh!
Have a tanfastic week 😉
Thank you Steve, have a fab week as well!
Some great images there. Love the dog by the window.
It’s so nice to get out there and get some fresh air, right? We have been outside since the warm weather hit and we love it.
The best! Pinching myself that it’s spring finally…
Wow what a gorgeous location.
Sounds great!! Nice to get away from the everydat rutine, and hectic life.
Have a lovely day!!
Awesome pics! Love Emma on the rug and Jackson oh so loyal. Glad you got the pipes sorted out – such a drag. But summer will be fab 😉
Thanks ML, nothing worse but hopefully we have a better house after all of this! Hope you had a great weekend….xx
The lake house looks and sounds great! I hope you get many more weeks in the year to enjoy it.
Aww.. lovely pictures that you took this week.. you must have a fantastic week.
Beautiful pictures. Can’t wait to get to the lake myself.
Well sounds likey ou managed the weekend after the party!! The lake looks like a beautiful place!! Enjoy your day!
Gorgeous photos, looks like the time was well enjoyed! 🙂
Thanks Tammi, it was a fabulous weekend. Hopefully you had a great one as well…
Nothing like a narcoleptic crash… I’m with the dawg! Beaut spot you got there. YAM xx
Thanks Yamini! 😉
What a beautiful view from the dock. Glad you recovered from your hangover. I’d be junk after wine, shots and champagne. 🙂
Yup it was pretty bad. People in their late 30s should be banned from bars… Hope you had a great week!
Such a shame about the pipes, but it looks like you made up for lost time. What a wonderful place!
Beautiful pictures, Jess. New pipes, new floors and summer at the lake. Sounds wonderful.
Thanks, house is looking good, finally! And at least it’s now warmer so I won’t have to hide out in the bunk room at night 😉 xo
Gorgeous, love your photos!!
Thanks so much Tabitha!
If I drank today I think I’d get drunk off one of anything. I’ve been on a limited diet for 3 weeks.
Your outting with friends looks like it’s a blast!
Eek, diets are tough. I haven’t been on one in years, and yes, I’d be out of my mind after one beer too; hope you had a great week…
sounds like a jam packed fab weekend. I’d love to spend a summer at a lake house. Can I come?
I’m getting many offers to come visit- we’ll have to throw a big old house party one of these days and have all of our friends come by 😉
Beautiful! I want to go to the lake house 🙂
Every photo is amazing! That sky, lake! Awesome.
Love the pic of your pup in the sunshine. For some reason it made me start singing “How much is that doggy in the window.” I have a feeling that I will have the song stuck in my head for the rest of the day. LOL
What kind of dog is he anyway? Beautiful, really, just beautiful.
Thanks for taking us on your “mis” adventures Jessica! And who would have thought Polar Vortices would enter common English usage this year!
Hope you have a wonderful summer. Can’t wait to read more!
Broken pipes are no fun, but that looks like a really lovely weekend. The lake is gorgeous.
Oh my goodness! I am so sorry about the pipes. It looks like the lake house is very welcoming, however.
My dog loves to find patches of sun to lie in, as well.
Hope the hangovers pass and there are enough Duncan Donuts to go around!
That does look like fun. Hope all the pipes are fine now.
Visiting via Yam’s blog.
What a lovely family you have, and what a lovely view the dog would have if he weren’t sunning his back!
I grew up by a lake, spent most of my adult life living by the Pacific Ocean, and am now living in southeastern Alberta. How I miss the water!
Kay, Alberta, Canada
Well that was a full week! Chips, wine and donuts – Will you adopt me?