There has been a beautiful evolution to the way we take our time together at the family cabin. While some things will likely remain constant throughout the years - long days, extended family, multiple generations, river time, skiing, rich foods, and holidays, there have been some undeniable leaps in the quality of our time spent as cousins grow older and less dependent on us adults. This past summer was incredible as two complete generations were finally able to hike up-stream together and explore the wilderness without some kids and a parent needing to stay back for napping or safety reasons. I am equally grateful that the small toys have started to dwindle in quantity as we acknowledge their waning attraction and begin sorting and purging to make room for more group-oriented playtime. We graduated to board-game-playing-heaven this Thanksgiving weekend, and the hours spend together on the floor, on the bed, the deck or at the dining table, conversing and playing games amid stacks of plastic chips, pastel paper bills, folding cardboards and transparent red die, was simply priceless.
What’s more, we had incredible weather for all four days of the holiday weekend. While the river was too cold to dunk a toe in, the mountain air was in the high 60's and so we got to prop lots of windows and doors open, allowing for the sounds of the river below to rise up and wash over our happy souls.
Happy Holidays to you and yours!