More nesting. I apologize. But these are particularly good nesting moments that needed to be shared. They happened post-Christmas, which was technically part of the same vacation as the last post. But I couldn’t bore you with 60 images in one sitting. Or you’d never visit this site again, and that would make me so very sad.
You may recall from the last post that I’m working on obtaining my PhD in nesting. Some of you also may know, from experience, that getting a PhD – whether it be in biophysics, mechanical engineering, or the art of relaxation – is hard work.
I spent the first day of 2015 ingesting healthy foods. Which is challenging when someone with a horse tattoo is trying to steal your spiced pumpkin seed garnish.
And I’ve been working on strengthening the mind/body connection with my spiritual guru. He’s an industry leader, having developed a patented set of progressive methods to induce relaxation. Furthermore, he’s published numerous papers in several relaxation journals, and is frequently cited by Psychology Today as one of the great minds of the 21st century.
Let me introduce you:
Central to his theory of relaxation are 1) find a comfortable spot, preferably an off-limits bed and 2) follow a rigorous set of stretching, snoring, and other breathing exercises.
What can I say? It’s working. I’m feeling more relaxed. As a bonus, my dissertation is humming along.
Teaching me this material exhausting. Post-lesson, my guru often demonstrates more relaxation poses, each one more innovative than the last. While this position looks standard enough, get up close and you’ll notice that he’s been able to roll his eyes into the back of his head.
The kids have adopted their own form of relaxation, which includes listening to KISS, hooting and hollering like a band of merry child-thieves, and making a general mess of the house.
Allowing our kids to listen to rock & roll on high volumes causes our relaxation index to dip, so we usually reverse course with some light reading. We like the classics, all of them, with a preference for Latin and Aeolic Greek. Here is Rodney skimming through “The Odyssey”, pre-translation of course.
We eat to relax. That’s one thing we’ve always done well.
And then we play with our food. Because isn’t that what you do when you’re armed with this many waffles?
Sam is taking this whole relaxation thing seriously, and has developed a new play pose:
Apparently it’s “more relaxing” to eat bananas in bed than at the table. Fortunately bananas don’t come with crumbs.
Emma’s play is colorful…
Mine is equally sunlit. I highly recommend enjoying a little of this…
…while watching your kids set the table. (PS, Lauren is a masterful menu writer, and hand-letters each one individually with things like: “Menu of today: Stufed squash and A dish of pasta”)
Also central to nesting is a desire to build an outdoor fire in the dead of winter. And drink beers while sitting in front of the fire, moving the chairs every few minutes to avoid the gusts of smoke that only seem to happen at this time of year. Again, this relaxation stuff is hard work. Uncommitted, slothful, stay-indoorsy types need not apply.
It’s also very relaxing to have firewood collectors so that you can sit quietly, drink your beer, and watch others do the heavy lifting for you.
Lastly, we’ve found that it’s important to channel a vestige of Summer by spending a little time down on the dock, dipping toes in frigid water, throwing stones, disturbing the peace, etc.
What can I say? We worked hard at relaxing over the holidays and I think that we did a pretty good job. Now if we can somehow manage a repeat performance during our Spring break in February, I’ll be a very happy
camper student indeed.
Love these photos Jess. The stillness of the lake is nap inducing. Looks like everybody had a great time, especially the four-legged relaxation guru.
Wonderful collection of photos. My favorite was the huge stack of waffles.
I love your photo mix every week heheh!
lovely photos.It is nice to see all these family adventures…
Love the spiritual guru…he does seem to have mastered the art of relaxation. 🙂
So many great captures! You really have an eye for candid beauty. Love the waffle shots!
As the newly appointed Officer of Wellness and Concerns in ‘Blogville’ (just click one day back from my linked post to find out about that!), I heartily commend your efforts in de-stressing research… errr no…. let me rephrase… your researches in non-stressing… and I just KNEW that Jackson was a venerable elder of some standing!!! Hugs (and wags to the guru-ji), YAM xx
You’re a funny story-teller. I’m glad you guys found ways to relax, even if it was hard work. 😉 Great photos, once again! Take care.
OMG that’s a lot of waffles! I want some now and I am blaming you =P
I need a waffle NOW!
Lovely pictures, I know I should have made waffles for breakfast.
These look very tasty and yummy.
OMG… if your food tastes as good as your pictures look I really need to try some!
Really amazing pictures, and that lake… oh how peaceful!
Every photo just feels so cozy and inviting 😉 I love it!
Great photos. Looks like you have a lot of fun with a lot of good people.
Beautiful photos – I love the food ones (total relax mode)
How good do those waffles look. Great photos.
HAHAHA and I love the pic of your boy peeking out juxtaposed with an image of women’s tushes.
You have the cutest guru I’ve ever seen! ^.^
What a beautiful collection of photos! You should scratch the dissertation and focus on snapshots! You have a wonderful eye!
Such beautiful shots. Have a great week!
What wonderful pictures and a great blog post. Thank you for linking up with us at the Oh My Heartsie Girls Wordless Wednesday Link Party!
Wishing you an amazing week!
These are all such wonderful photos you have shared such great family moments!!! My favorite is the stacks of waffles!!!
Have a great week, Karren
Your holidays are making me happy 🙂 It just looks like such an amazing time with family. Cheers!
Love it all! Looks so peaceful and happy – so nice!
So glad to see how your program is coming. I think you’re well on your way to achieve your doctorate. Just think, Dr. Jess. I can see the daytime TV show on the horizon! 🙂
That certainly is enough waffles to warrant a photo shoot!
Maybe I should take up some relaxing techniques. Dancing around to KISS sounds great to me.
I am in love with your photos. I totally envy your holiday. Those waffle shots are awesome. I like the cozy shot by the fire. And the pics by the dock…..beautiful! I would love to take up a PhD in nesting too!
Looks like a great time nesting was had by all! Super cute furbaby by the way! Please don’t mention Spring Break yet, I’m barely past the fact that it’s already new year! Today is my first day back to the grind and I’m trying to ease myself into it!
Beautiful photos…Nesting is always good. Something about this time of year that makes it so perfect. Enjoy!
I just love these photos. I had to pin so many of them. Can we swap dogs :-)…. I love ours to bits but she’s a collie and she jumps at the slightest thing. The pics of yours just made me relax.
Where did you go? it looks absolutely amazing.
Thanks Colin, our lake house is in Northwestern New Jersey- it’s called Greenwood Lake 🙂
1. love the table setting
2. I half expect him to start flipping those waffles out like frisbies one after another.
3. Lake views are gorgeous.
4. Thanks for sharing!
Incredibly beautiful pictures! You are a really talented photographer. Just loved this post. Happy WW!
Ok, wow, I seriously LOVE this post and all your awesome pics!
What a fun way to get pictures of the family! I love your creative ideas! Thanks for linking up at OMHG WW this week!
Looks like you did a brilliant job of making the most of the holidays!
I’m all for nesting! 🙂
Gosh…you pics are amazing! I definitely think you earned that PhD. 🙂
Can you just adopt me!? What a beautiful life this is 🙂
I’m channeling jackson in the last pix. grounded dignity c’est moi
Beautiful photos! Love your spiritual guru. Thanks for sharing at Oh My Heartsie Girls Wordless Wednesday 🙂