Our trip started out sunny and warm. We love driving through NYC. This time I was not the only one gawking and shooting pictures at every street sign. Both boys got cameras for Christmas and were snapping pictures from every window of the van.
Got a little crafting done in the van- when you have 22 hours to drive, you find stuff to do. Let's see, I read 2 books, surfed pinterest, made some of these fabric flowers, broke up fights from the back seat, listened to hours of books on cd, passed out snacks, bothered Dave, took pictures, and ate snacks. What I didn't do: drive! Dave is the man- he drove all 22 hours (we took 3 days to get up there, stopping at hotels; and 2 days on the way back)
I think this was a Panera Bread food stop in NY.
We stayed overnight in Portland Maine and woke up to SNOW! We were so excited.
Nice that they kept the roads plowed so well for us southern drivers.
Last food stop before Canada: The Bangor Mall in Bangor Maine. Good memories of that mall from my childhood. The first time I ever laid eyes on a gap was at this mall. No time to shop, tho- just ate hotdogs, scarfed some julius, and hit the snowy road.
Arrival in Canada! Mom and Dad had the house so cozy and ready for us.
We were just in time for supper :)
Somehow we ended up opening presents that night- the 23rd.
The next day: Christmas Eve day- lots of snow to play with!
It was sooooo cold that day. But we had lots of thrifted and borrowed snow clothes, we could hardly move!
Christmas Day! Dad + Mom's view of the frozen lake. We went to church and then headed out to the farm.
Mom and Dad have a new house at the farm. Everything was soooo beautiful!
I love this mirror
And I love the dresser...
And this room was adorable! (they have good taste :)
Wool socks + plaid shirts= a must for Christmas in the north woods :)
More playing in the snow! Not as cold today.
lots of sledding. It is impossible not to smile when you are sledding
Dad + the snowblower
Grampa on the sled
Back inside to get warmed up.
Some crafting with Gramma
We (Dave) dragged the tree down the hill- next step- set it up.
Put on the lights...
Take a break and drink some Coke Snow.
This was typical- us relaxing and mom cooking :)
Gramma on the sled!
We went into Saint John one day. Saw the house I grew up in.
A very important stop- my favorite thrift store of all time!!! I got the cutest striped blanket- I'll have to show you that.
Stopped by the beach- coooold and windy. But gorgeous.
My high school! I'll never forget having art class on the top floor with those arched windows overlooking the harbor.
Downtown (actually up town) Saint John (New Brunswick). Such a beautiful port city.
Fun touristy shops.
For supper we ate at the Reversing Falls restaurant- where we had our rehearsal dinner for our wedding.
Got to meet up with Helen! My best friend growing up. We always feel like we have never even been apart. We talked and talked while Dave went and ate some poutine :)
Mudroom at the farm.
On our way home- our last Canadian treat- ketchup chips!
You are a true friend if you lasted until the end of our trip down memory lane :) Good memories made this Christmas :)
The Building, The Family Trip, and Puffiness by Ree
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