March 7, 2015

Winter Weekend

Last weekend, we headed up to Schroon Lake, NY for a little getaway.  My husband and kids wanted to do a bit of snowmobiling and I reluctantly joined them.  I am so over this winter.  Not sure if it is that I am getting older or what, but I have just felt cold.  For months.  I want spring and warmer weather.  However, the Adirondack Mountains worked their magic and I was reminded how beautiful winter can be.

I love this house that sits on a mountain overlooking the lake.  Can't you just imagine sitting on that porch and watching the sunset?
I also love this little red house along the snowmobile trail.  The red siding really pops in the snow.
Our dogs love the snow.  We brought Keeper home in a blizzard and I think it reminds her of being a puppy.  Even Forrest, who is 9, acts like a puppy in the snow.
I love this old barn and drive by it every time we are upstate.  It has a gorgeous mountain view.
Check out the huge icicle on the side of this home!  They have had a historically cold winter in the Adirondacks this year.
Here is the other side of the same house.  Love that porch and their view.
Back at our house, the guys spent at least half of the weekend trying to get a broken snowmobile started.  They were determined, but unsuccessful.  That will be a project to work on in the warmer months.
My youngest boy, 9, spent hours (hours!) jumping off the deck into the deep snow.  He looked like he was jumping into a pool.
Because it was so cold, the snow was fluffy powder so there were no hard landings.
Can you tell I have been the mom of boys for going on 17 years now?  Instead of telling them "no, you might hurt yourself!", I grab my camera.  If you can't beat 'em, join 'em (within reason, of course).  That's my motto.
We tried to take a family selfie.  But the sun was in our eyes and we weren't all in the picture.  Oh well...
I think, maybe, we can all learn a thing or two from our dog, Forrest, about posing for selfies.  He has it down pat.  Now, if only I could manage to get both of us in the picture next time:)
Thanks for the reminder of your beauty, Winter!  Now, I am ready to bid you a fond farewell and welcome Spring.

14 comments:

  1. Great photos! Looks like a good time had by all.

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  2. Courtney, I am so sick of winter, but your photos I can really appreciate. You know why? Because you had the CHOICE of going to where winter was, not being immersed in it (although you probably are, just like us). You've got some great shots. I love the ones of your son jumping in the banks of snow. Those buildings in their settings are everything you say - just gorgeous.

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    1. Hi Rita,

      Yes, we are fully immersed in winter here in northern NJ as well. Hoping for Spring very soon! Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed the pictures. Have a great week!

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  3. That is a wonderful reminder that there IS some redeeming beauty in winter. However, I am waiting for SPRING...lol
    Just so you know- you have ads across the top of your page that come down about 1-1/2" that won't let me click out of them..and I have to keep scrolling to see "under" them-just thought you might want to know- xo Diana

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    1. Hi Diana,

      I am with you on being ready for Spring!! Hopefully, soon. Thank you for letting me know about that pesky ad. You should always be able to click out of it so I am definitely going to look into that. I always appreciate when readers let me know about that stuff so thank you.

      Have a great weekend,
      Courtney

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  4. Your posts always put a smile on my face and that scenery is so gorgeous, I almost forgot how sick of winter I am!! It really does look beautiful up there. I always say that I am a summer/beach person but there is just something so beautiful and cozy about the mountains that I just adore. Your family is just precious and I love how you have adjusted so well to being a mom to boys. I am still in the "you're going to get hurt" mode but I really need to relax and let them be boys. Thanks for the reminder! I hope you have a wonderful weekend - we turn back the clocks tonight - yay...I love having more light in the evening. Spring is coming...
    Shelley

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    1. Thanks Shelley! I think I was destined to be a mom of boys :) I was always a tomboy myself. But it still is hard for me at times as well worrying about them. I think worrying is just part of a mom’s job description. I am so excited about changing the clock. Can’t wait for Spring! Hope you have a great weekend too.

      Courtney

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  5. Courtney,
    The pics of your week end up north are so great. Love the doggies and their coats and hat. Tooo sweet. It looks like a great week end. We are finally warming up here in Chicago land so that is good news. I hope it means we have turned a corner on winter and Spring is going to arrive.
    Kris

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  6. Courtney.....I agree with you about wanting this winter to be over, but your pictures are so beautiful. I have to say that you dogs are so adorable. it looks like they have the sweetest dispositions! have a wonderful weekend

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    1. Hi Andrea. I *may* be biased, but I agree about my dogs having sweet dispositions :) It is warming up here today, and with the clocks going forward, it looks like spring is just around the corner. You have a great week too. Courtney

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  7. Courtney....I Love & enjoy all your posts but especially the ones with Schroon Lake. I've been going to Schroon Lake since I was a young girl. It has a special place in my heart! Its almost 10 years since I've last visited. The Adirondacks have such gorgeous views & scenery. I get excited when I see your pictures or you talk about Schroon Lake. My Friends say this has been a brutal winter but I thank you for showing the fun part of playing in the snow.

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    1. Hi Debbie. I am so glad you let me know that you enjoy our Schroon Lake pictures! Sometimes, when I post about things other than home decor, I wonder if anyone really cares...lol. So now I know :) I think Schroon Lake is the kind of place that stays in your heart forever. I hope you get back there someday and until then I will keep sharing pictures of our favorite place. Take care!

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  8. Hey Courtney..just catching up here. Looks like you had a beautiful weekend. Love the dogs in their red and black jackets, they are adorable. I too hope that spring is on the way here.

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