Many people dread the coming of winter, the solstice, the shortening of days. In some ways, I crave winter. It’s my time to hibernate; to stay indoors unapologetically, to go to bed early and be awakened by a tip-toeing 3-year-old.
We were at the lake for the last two weeks and I steadily worked on my nesting PhD. So much so, that when Rodney arrived several days after us, he was shocked to find out that we’d barely set foot outside. The kids were happy, I was happy. We LEGOed, puzzled, cooked and watched nightly movies. Caught up on the classics: The STAR WARS trilogy and Back to the Future; The Parent Trap and Polyanna. We prepared for Christmas – the kids’ grandparents came to visit. We continued our nesting in full force: we ate; we traveled the globe one cocktail at a time: Manhattans, white Russians, apple cider Dark ‘n stormies.
It was the rest that I needed. The rest that we all needed. Unharried and unscheduled.
We did get outside though. After we tore ourselves away from marathon breakfasts of fruitcake and coffee and the occasional turkey sandwich. There were walks to take, and geese to greet on deserted docks.
And then, there was Christmas.
New slippers for me, new toys for the kids. The traditional holiday box of Lifesavers in the stockings. A walk to the park, roasted lamb, scalloped potatoes, and of course, more rounds of cocktails.
Looks like you made the most of the not so perfect weather. That first photo is captivating.
seems like you had a fantastic week.All are lovely pictures….
I love your phone photos heheh glad the weather didn’t hold you back 🙂
Have a tanfabulous 2015 🙂
I could feel the ease and found myself breathing deeply and dropping shoulders with you!!! All blessings to you and family for 2015… YAM xx
Looking at this post is like reading a home magazine! Every photo is so pretty and so shabby chic. That lake looks so stunning too. What a lovely Christmas celebration =)
Santa with the Fire Dept. was pretty cool. I’m glad you could have a quiet Christmas with family. All the best for the New Year!
Lovely Christmas photos, I can tell you all had a very nice time, and the kids seem to enjoy every second.
Wish you the best this New Year.
What memories!! I love the Elsa costume…
What fun and what memories!!
Sounds like the perfect Christmas. Have a nice week and thanks for the pictures I enjoyed seeing them all.
Looks like the perfect weather to me. We are currently sweating it out through a heat wave. Lost power for most of yesterday and it was the hottest day we’ve had in a long while.
Oh no! sorry to hear! Hope the weather gets back on track soon 🙂
Great pics and Happy 2015.
You can never go wrong with Star Wars.
How peaceful! The weather may be colder, but at least the days are slowly getting longer – I was happy that it wasn’t pitch black when I left work last night.
Looks like you all had a comforting, restful vacation. Great photos! Was Santa was coming in for a big hug? 😉
Somehow, winter—in all its cold gray bitterness—still makes for great images. Lovely.
It looks like a peaceful time. The food looks wonderful. I love the idea of catching up on classics.
Looks like the perfect vacation!!!! Love it! 🙂
Awesome pics Jess! Looks like it was an amazing holiday – love the way you guys roll! Happy new year!
Wonderful pictures of an amazing time. Merry Christmas!
Lovely photos Jess. What a great family vacation, You and Rodney know how to show the kids (and grandparents) a good time. For the record, Elsa is priceless.
Your pictures are so gorgeous! Every time I see them I am reminded of why I need a great camera!
Jess, your family times look so fun! I did something similar, but at home, not at a lake house…it was no nice to be with the kids and watch tv, not worry about school work. Although the migraine I had that eventually landed me in the ER wasn’t so fun…
We do the same tradition of Lifesavers in the stocking! My parents did that for us, and now, our kids get them. 🙂
I’m glad you had a restful break!
Looking forward to your pics back in NY.
Happy New Year!!
Seriously can I ‘nest’ at your house next Christmas? Your photos are SICK (in the good way!) what camera do you use?
Hope the new year is treating you well (all seven days of it so far!) and happy wordless (or as in both of our cases today, not so wordless) wednesday!
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Sounds like an absolutely perfect couple of weeks to me!
The photo of your daughter in her black jacket at the park, with the sunspot, is just perfect.
It looks like a wonderful holiday, and wonderful photos to show it.
Beautiful place to nest.
I simply adore your photography! Happy Happy New Year!
I adore the way you have captured Christmas. Gorgeous pics! 🙂
I feel calmer just looking though your photos. You captured it perfectly!
Great photos… I mean fantastic. I love each and everyone. Day by day was absolutely breath taking… The one with the two girls by the lake was so cute. Thanks for sharing.
Oh your photos always look so magical. You make me want to be part of your family – in a non-stalkerish way. Heh. 😉
Lovely pictures, looks like you all had a good Christmas, aww you seen Santa :):)