January 9, 2015

Twenty Fifteen

Hello friends and Happy 2015!  Are you recovered from the hectic holiday season yet?  The end of December always feels like such a whirlwind as we get ready to celebrate Christmas with our families in our home in NJ and then leave for vacation in Upstate NY right after.  Vacation was slow and relaxing and just what we all needed.  As I have mentioned before, we have no internet or cell phone service at the house up there and I enjoy the break from it all.  We read, played games, shopped for a used pick up truck for our oldest boy (yikes!), and took lots of walks down snowy trails.


And watched the sunset on 2014.
This week, back at home in NJ, we have been finding our routine again.  I love the feeling of a fresh start that the new year brings.  I have been busy putting away all things Christmas and cooking up a storm.  I have also been reading some great books that I will write about soon.  I hope your new year is off to a great start.

19 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures!!! I miss the snow since we moved down south a couple of years ago. This last photo of the lake reminds me of Schroon Lake, NY where I spent my summers & winters. Thank you for sharing!! Happy New Year!!

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    1. Happy New Year to you as well, Debbie! And there is a very good reason that the last picture reminds you of Schroon Lake. It is Schroon Lake!! We spend as much time as we can up there. It is our favorite place :)

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  2. It sounds like you had some good family bonding time, Courtney! I think our best family vacation was when we rented a lake cottage in Maine one summer (with another family) and really spent time together. I don't think we put the television on the whole week! Love that picture of you and your hubby. : )

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    1. Thank you, Kathy. I just value the time we get to spend together up there so much. It is amazing how much more connected everyone is when there are no distractions and we are surrounded by nature. Your vacation in a lake cottage in Maine sounds perfect! I would love to do that.

      Have a great weekend,
      Courtney

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  3. So nice to be able to get away from the daily grind and the constant hustle and bustle of life. I'm sure Forrest and Keeper had a blast in the snow up there. I love to cook and bake but, I don't know the house just seems more cozy doing it at this time of year. Happy New Year to you and your family!

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    1. I agree about the house feeling cozy in the winter, Jeanette. I just love staying at home this time of year. The dogs did have a blast in the snow. They just love it up there. Happy New Year!

      Courtney

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  4. You must have had nice holiday season:-) I envy you all the snow, we had just a little bit of it and now it's raining and it's very chilly here in Poland:-( So it's more like the Fall than winter:-(
    I love your Golden Boys:-) They are really great:-)
    All the best for you and all your boys in the New Year.
    Greetings,
    Anita

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    1. Thank you, Anita! So glad you enjoyed the pictures. It is VERY cold here in NJ (and throughout much of the US), but not too much snow yet this winter. Happy New Year!

      Courtney

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  5. Happy Happy New Year Courtney. Love all these wonderful pictures. The picture of you and your hubby is so sweet. Here's wishing you a new year full of fun and creative things to come. Love the little house in the woods what a wonderful retreat for you and your family to go to.
    Kris

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    1. Thank you, Kris. That little house in the woods has been so wonderful for our family and we are forever thanking my mother and father in law for allowing us to use it so frequently. Happy New Year to you too!

      Have a great weekend,
      Courtney

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  6. What beautiful pictures! Just confirms to me as to why I love upstate NY so much. Love the pics of your puppy's in thier buffalo check covers. It certainly looks like the perfect way to end 2014. Happy new year Courtney!!
    XO Barbara

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    1. Hi Barbara,

      Thank you! Upstate NY just never disappoints us. It is so great to get away. Happy New Year to you as well!

      Courtney

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  7. Courtney, great pictures and making memories along the way. What a great start to 2015..Happy Weekend..Judy

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    1. Hi Judy,

      Thanks! Yes, lots of great memories in the mountains for us. I hope 2015 is off to a great start for you as well.

      Have a great weekend,
      Courtney

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  8. Courtney....so happy that you had such a great time with your boys.......what a wonderful break from the normal routine. What is it about cold weather that gets us nesting and cooking????? Cant wait to hear what you are reading!!!

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    1. Thanks Andrea! I don't know what it is, but I love the slower pace at this time of year. I will definitely share what I am reading soon.

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  9. It looks so lovely there...sounds like a wonderful family getaway!

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    1. It really is lovely there, but the best part is just getting away from it all. Have a great weekend, Linda!

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  10. What a gorgeous new year! Hope the new year is treating you well!!

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