A Break from City Life

Each year, since Julian was a few months old, we’ve spent a week upstate at our friends’ cabin by a lake. It’s always a wonderful break from our busy city life.

The boys just love everything about our little getaway: the car ride (a novelty!), different beds, and everything else about vacation. Playing outside, throwing rocks, going for boat rides, finding “friendly spiders”, picnics, and hamburgers fresh from the grill for dinner and s’mores for dessert. What’s not to love?

It was really peaceful and relaxing, which says a lot when going on vacation with your two and four year old. They didn’t break anything in our friends’ house (phewww) and were just content to play outside as much as they could.

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One day we took them to a farm, and they each got to ride on a horse. Arthur, the braver of the two, went first.


It’s so lovely to see how the boys bring out the best in each other, sometimes. Last year Julian didn’t want to sit on the horse at all. This year he definitely wanted to, and enjoyed it. After all, if little brother can, so can he.

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Everything upstate is so lush and beautiful. The weather was overcast/rainy on a couple of days, but we brought our rain boots and managed to get outside every day.

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Other than playing and having fun, we ate a lot. We barbecued every night. It was delicious.

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I’m pretty sure we each gained 25 pounds.

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One day we drove to Bethel, the original site of Woodstock. We checked out the museum and the grounds.

It was kind of cool to run around on the fields where 400,000 hippies gathered together to listen to music and roll around in the mud.


Also, this happened:


But mostly we just hung out. There was a bit of poker…


…Twizzler eating on the deck wearing tiny hats…


,,,,lots of napping and lounging around…

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…singing into nature’s microphones…


…and many, many boat rides…

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We’re so thankful to our friends who let us stay in this sweet cabin…


….and thankful for all the wonderful memories…


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