Here was the plan: get away the day after Christmas with my whole family. Go somewhere beautiful where we could spend time together in the absence of other distractions. We found a place, packed up and left, driving with dreams of snow covered mountains.
It was beautiful: a lake overlooking ski slopes, a little cabin with a wood burning stove. It rained, my parents couldn't make it because they're in the middle of a move, but we all made the best of it.
We spent two days reading, warming up by the stove, chatting, and cutting out paper dolls. The girls were very excited to get to sleep in little "closets" (hideaway beds in little nooks).
And we couldn't help ourselves: we went for a traipse around in the cool rain by the rocky shore of the lake (the girls and I in ponchos, Hugo in a rainproof backpack, Ben in a raincoat, and Great-Aunt Basia at our heels). It was refreshing and perfect, and we did warm up eventually after a good soak in the tub.
I'm sure there will be other years with skiing and sledding and all sorts of wild fun, but this year we were happy to curl up together!
Hope you guys are staying warm, too!