July 25, 2017

Summer Family Room Decor

Hello! Today I am back as promised sharing a few pictures of our summer family room. It all started with the "Lake, Boats and Cabins" sign that I found on clearance at HomeGoods at the end of last summer. It was under $20 and a quick search on the computer when I got home let me know it was actually an older Pottery Barn item. All of the other things I used are items I bring out every summer. The sailboat always adds a fun nautical vibe and I love to display a picture of my boys on our boat when they were younger. "The mountains are calling" pillow is an older find from Marshalls and earns a place in this room no matter the season.

July 18, 2017

Summer Adventures

Halpin covered bridge near Middlebury VT
Hello! Our summer has been going great and I hope yours has too. So far, we have spent a couple of weeks in the mountains and plan to spend a few more before the summer ends. Today I thought I would share a few of the pictures I have taken so far this year. I have talked before (repeatedly) about my love of the loons and I was excited (and lucky) to get this shot on Schroon Lake one afternoon. The call of the loon is definitely one of my favorite sounds.
Loon with wings spread on Schroon Lake, NY
And here are two more of my favorites- Matthew and Dax at the lake.
Boy and golden retriever in lake
There is a Hobie Cat Regatta on Schroon Lake each June and it is so pretty to see the colorful sails on the lake.
A stop at Split Rock Falls just off Rte. 9 in Elizabethtown, NY is always fun. This day was overcast so we were the only ones there. The sound is amazing and standing next to the edge always ignites my fear of heights, but in a good way. It can be a dangerous area for sure.
Split Rock Falls in Elizabethtown, NY
Split Rock Falls in Elizabethtown, NY
Billy and I enjoy taking rides in the Jeep after dinner to chase the sunset. Here are a couple of pictures I took along the way.
Sunset over Hoffman Road in Schroon Lake, NY
Sunset overlooking Schroon Lake in NY's Adirondack Mountains
The Strand is the small movie theatre in the center of town that plays one movie all week at 8pm with a few special events throughout the summer. Just another thing that adds to the charm of Schroon Lake.
The Strand movie theatre in downtown Schroon Lake, NY
We also enjoyed a few more day trips to Vermont. We visited two covered bridges. The first is in Waitsfield and crosses the Mad River.
Covered Bridge in Waitsfield, VT
The second is the Halpin covered bridge near Middlebury.
Halpin Covered Bridge near Middlebury, VT
I love seeing the Adirondacks from Vermont. I think they have the best view.
Adirondack Mountains from Vermont
We enjoy exploring around the backroads of Vermont. You just never know what beautiful view is around the bend.
Family rides in the Jeep with the top and doors off adds to the adventure.
Our oldest boy will be going away to college this fall and oh, my heart!!
I am trying to remain positive but it is downright hard to see him go. I remind myself repeatedly that our job is both to provide roots AND wings. The wings part is just so dang difficult! We are all holding onto him a little tighter this summer.
We are home in NJ this week getting things done. Like college dorm shopping. And we also have our middle son taking driving lessons to get his permit. Time marches on. I hope you have enjoyed a peek of our summer adventures. I am just realizing that I never shared our summer family room so I will try to get that post done this week too. Happy Summer!