Tag Archives: Vermont

Family Weekend Fun

Wedding. Family. Heritage.

Sometimes everything just comes together is a super-special way, and you’re left with more precious memories than you’d ever imagined!

Wedding
Our youngest niece, Sydney, got married on Saturday to the love of her life, Nate. The wedding was at a beautiful barn in central Vermont – the Cyr Barn.
Syd_NateWedding-01
It was one of those (typical) Vermont summer days where if you looked in one direction it looked like a beautiful day.
Syd_NateWedding-11
Check out the blue sky!
But as the wedding progressed, the clouds over the mountain took on a bit more threatening look.
Syd_NateWedding-17
The weather did not squelch any of the joy of the day however!
Syd_NateWedding-19
The reception was in the barn, which was whimsically decorated with white lights and white tulle.
Syd_NateWedding-05
We loved being able to share in the joy of the day, and we LOVED being able to spend the day with my siblings and their spouses.
Syd_NateWedding-26
We clean up pretty nicely, don’t we??

Family
So we spent Saturday at that lovely wedding, not only being able to celebrate with Syd and Nate, but also enjoying sweet visits with the sibs. Such a precious day. But then on Sunday, with no advance planning whatsoever, we were able to connect with our Canadian family who ‘just happened’ to be in Vermont over the weekend. What a delight!!
CanadaFamily2018-1
Dewey and Sharon couldn’t join us since they were in post-wedding recovery mode, but it was so grand to see these folks. We even gave it a Senior Citizen attempt at a 10 person selfie.
CanadaFamily2018-2
Where’s that selfie stick when you need it!!

Heritage
Usually, if we are in Vermont we are staying at the cabin. This time, though, the cabin was being used for the rehearsal dinner and housing for the groomsmen, so we opted to stay at another piece of our family history – the Dwinell Homestead.
dwinellhomestead
This home was built by my great-grandfather and his brother, and 5 generations later it’s still in the family. It wasn’t being used this weekend, so we made arrangements to stay there. It’s only used in the summer, and in many ways has remained just as it was at the turn of the century. (Think lots and lots of extension cords!) We poked around in the genealogy books, checked out the vast array of old pictures, and tried to conjure up just who might have sat in what chair last century.
HomesteadWeekend-04
HomesteadWeekend-13
Super special to stay there!
HomesteadWeekend-07

Wedding, Family, Heritage. What a beautiful weekend!
If you’d like to see a few additional pictures of our glorious weekend, you can check them out HERE!

First ones up

Man, I love coming to the cabin early in the season. Yes, it means we get to deal with dead flies and ladybugs, and mouse poop and any number of other over-the-winter surprises, but the simple beauty of this place before the trees fully leaf out is more than worth any “oh no” moments.

2018

See what I mean? Of course, having a picture perfect day for this first day at the cabin didn’t hurt, either!

Thanks for coming along!

Dear Joie & Fitz

Hello! And greetings from Montrose! We’ve made it back to our little house on wheels, but wanted to give you the low-down on our wonderful three weeks at The Cabin.
But you knew it’d be grand, didn’t you? We had enough picture perfect Vermont days to cancel out the cool and rainy ones, and most of the other days , while maybe not crystal clear, but were winners nonetheless! We were blessed with lots of company – a sweet youngster (21!) that we met on a SOWER project , my college roommate & hubby, friends from when our kids were small who now live in VT (who we even put to work), cousins from Gary’s side, SOWER friends who came for a mid-week weekend, and a wonderful day with all of our Vermont family.
VT family

But all of our wonderful company aside, I bet you’re wondering what Gary was up to. Right? Well, as usual, he kept himself plenty busy! Continue reading Dear Joie & Fitz

One A Day

We’ve been at The Cabin over a week, and (needless to say) it’s been wonderful. The days have been, for the most part, perfect Vermont days, the nights cool and the mornings have been starting with the aroma of fresh brewed coffee and the crackle of a fire. (OK, so the fact that those things tend to happen around 5:30AM are a bit disconcerting, but I have found that drifting back to sleep for a bit is a very doable thing!)  Instead of trying to write at length about what all we’ve been doing,  I thought I would just try to find one picture per day to share the essence of that time. (Of course, at the end I’ll have links to more pictures, if you feel so inclined!).  Here we go –
Thursday – Arrival!
Untitled
It felt so good to be opening the gate – we knew beautiful days were ahead of us!
Friday – Rain, Rain, stay and keep up quiet!
Cabin2017
Saturday – The sun returned, and we did some tramping about to see some of the changes in the landscape in year we missed coming.
Cabin view 2017
Sunday – Sweet worship at our home-away-from-home church, and then the SPLASH party in the afternoon!
Splash 17
Monday – We missed the eclipse, but we had a wonderful visit with Continue reading One A Day

First Day of Vacay

God gave us a wonderful gift for our first day of our Cabin Vacation – RAIN!
Cabin2017
Although it didn’t rain ALL day, it certainly rained for the better part of it and kept us inside. It ruled out getting started on any projects (other than unpacking) and MADE us sit still and read and take naps. Sitting still is not something that comes easily to some of us in this marriage, but sitting still is what God gave us yesterday. He also gave us an early morning power outage
Cabin2017
which reinforced our divine directive to step back and be still.
Then, as we were enjoying a bit of a snooze, we heard some noises on the back lawn. Continue reading First Day of Vacay