New Year’s Revelry!

After leaving Pennsylvania Jeff and I spent a relaxing week at the lake. We had one night to ourselves and then the crowds descended 🙂

Since we were away for Christmas we had….a New Year’s tree! Our friends had left right before Christmas so they gave us their small tree and it survived and thrived until New Year’s! Back in the fall I happened to go to Crate and Barrel right when they had just put out all of their Christmas merchandise so I had fun picking out our first ornaments! Instead of an angel or a star at the top we had….a sailboat! Very appropriate for a lake Christmas tree 🙂

One of my favorites – I’m hoping to learn how to felt this year so I can make more of this type of ornament

Strider….the perfect pillow for Giles!

On New Year’s we had a progressive dinner – we had appetizers and the main course at our friend Hillary’s house and then came back to our house for dessert and revelry. Two little ones joined the party (they have grown up since last year!)

Come on – cuteness packaged in fleecy pajamas 🙂

Her sister played some Skip-Bo!

Snuggling with Dad near midnight but still awake!

Strider is ready for bed 🙂

At five of we were a rocking group 😉

Oops! She didn’t make it 🙂

Strider’s favorite spot – under the table and in the middle of it all!

Strider also loves Skip-Bo 🙂

And his big ball 🙂

When we woke up on New Year’s day the temperature in the house was 50 degrees – the wind was howling outside and the outside temp was in the low single digits. We decided that a plunge into the lake would have been downright dangerous so we delayed it until the next day.

The lake was too low so we used the nearby trout pond. Unfortunately there wasn’t a direct route in – instead the boys had to slip and slide down a snowy bank!

Strider was smart enough to stay on the shore!

Getting out was also a challenge!

And poor Strider fell through a snow drift and was trapped

Kindly Uncle Giles grabbed him and freed him!

The chilly crew happy to be done for another year

And my friend Tom with icicles for hair 🙂