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The Lakehouse 2014

The Lakehouse 2014

July 17, 2014 |  Category:   friends life travels

It’s hard to believe how much bigger the kids are since the last time we visited our friend Sara’s lakehouse 2 years ago. They seemed so little the previous years we’ve spent our Fourth of July here. So much has happened to both our families in the past year, but there’s nothing like sitting out on the dock in the first morning light, taking in all the sparks of light that reflect off the water’s surface. This year the girls were able to swim across the lake to the other side of the dock, with flotation devices of course, but still an accomplishment. They marked their names on the inside of the living room closet, adding their names to the… CONTINUE READING

4th of july and remembering the lakehouse

4th of july and remembering the lakehouse

July 4, 2012 |  Category:   holidays life photography press

We’re missing the lakehouse this year, which has sort of become a 4th of July tradition with our friends, the Jensens, over the last couple of years. I know they’re missing it this year too.   Acura, the car brand, publishes a quarterly lifestyle, travel and design magazine for their customer base (a distribution of 850,000 – hey, not bad!) and asked me to submit some photos for consideration for one of their photo essay stories. The lakehouse story was chosen for a 4 page spread and was published this Spring (along with a nice paycheck. Yay for paying photographers for their work!).   Happy 4th of July! We’re going to try and catch some fireworks.… CONTINUE READING

the lakehouse, part 2

the lakehouse, part 2

July 5, 2011 |  Category:   friends life travels

Did I mention that there is no electricity or running water at Sara’s lakehouse? That means a lot of reading on the porch and early bedtimes, 2 things I don’t really do anymore. It also means the first night is spent staring at the darkness at 4am in the morning because no matter what time I go to sleep, I just wake up 5 or 6 hours later. The outhouse is also a bit of a (short) walk away from the house, which means that I usually choose to hold it in even though I need to go pretty badly because really, who wants to get up in complete darkness in the middle of the night and fumble toward an… CONTINUE READING

another 4th of july weekend at the lakehouse, in 3 parts

another 4th of july weekend at the lakehouse, in 3 parts

July 4, 2011 |  Category:   friends holidays life travels

You might recall that last year we met Sara Jensen at her family lakehouse, a house that her great grandfather built in 1906, located 1 hour north of NYC. Sara and I had never met before up until that weekend, having only just chatted over the internet, and I guess she decided that we were not scary strangers or anything because she invited us back again this year. It’s funny what kids remember or don’t remember from the past, but the girls have fond memories of spending the weekend at the house last year and couldn’t stop talking about it the week or so leading up to the 4th. Now, it just feels like a part of summer to us.… CONTINUE READING

the lakehouse weekend part 2

the lakehouse weekend part 2

July 6, 2010 |  Category:   friends holidays life travels

I could use a jump in the lake right about now. Do you know that NY is going through one of the worst heat waves in history? People, today was 100 degrees. That is actual temps. Even at 2am last night the temperature hovered near 90. The weekend seems so far away, but it was only 2 days ago. We’re back to the daily grind of hectic mornings getting the kids to camp, work meetings and deadlines and rides on cramped subways to Manhattan. I look at these pictures and will treasure that weekend. I found an old post that Sara wrote earlier this year where she talks about the lake house among her other favorite things, and feel even… CONTINUE READING

4th of July weekend at the lakehouse pt 1

4th of July weekend at the lakehouse pt 1

July 5, 2010 |  Category:   friends holidays life travels

We just got back from one of the best weekends we’ve had in a long time. This is the summer of first meetings – people that I’ve gotten to know online, but are meeting for the first time and who have generously invited us to stay with them. Sara Jensen and her family used to live in NYC, but they moved to the San Juan Islands in Washington state a year and a half ago (take a look at their wonderful shop. I’ve been using their pomegranate tote bag all summer). I didn’t know her when she lived in NY and I had only really started to get to know her earlier this year, but she invited us to her… CONTINUE READING

the lake, watermelon salads, startups and going live

the lake, watermelon salads, startups and going live

July 31, 2015 |  Category:   friends life outings

Summer wouldn’t feel like summer without a trip to our friend’s lakehouse an hour and a half north of the city. It’s pristine waters, good company, good food, and a chance to escape everyday life. It’s a secret pocket tucked away that remains hidden from time. No running water or electricity; there is phone service, but it’s pretty much the only thing that connects you to modern life.   It was a good way to cap off the month as we headed into the last week of July.   Wow. July. It’s almost hard to process. So much packed into this month. And while it’s pretty unbelievable that we’re facing August tomorrow, July felt long, like we lived through a… CONTINUE READING

rewind, friends, fab, a necklace

rewind, friends, fab, a necklace

December 21, 2011 |  Category:   friends life

Looking at these photos from the lakehouse this past summer is like being enveloped in warm sunshine – a welcome feeling right now, not just because it’s winter (although it’s not – the mild temps still persist in the city), but also because it’s a happy time and I need all the happy time thoughts in my life right now.   But there’s another reason why I dug up these photos from the summer. Our friends Sara and Thor officially adopted their foster daughter who came to live with them and their son a year ago. Do you remember my Pink Party in the Woods post? It was to celebrate this little girl’s birthday. We weren’t able to show any… CONTINUE READING

a drive to anacortes and ferry to the san juans

a drive to anacortes and ferry to the san juans

September 2, 2011 |  Category:   life travels

The first time I visited the San Juan Islands was during a 3 day class retreat in college nearly 20 years ago. We went to Orcas Island and rented a big cabin in Doe Bay hot spring, driving in caravans of cars and buses full of music students and instruments and getting on the ferry in Anacortes. Needless to say, it was rad. There would be a few other trips during my time in the NW, but my last time in the San Juans was 3 years ago when I took my parents there on a day trip to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. This is the island that our friends Sara and Thor (of the lakehouse) live year… CONTINUE READING

the summer is grand

the summer is grand

July 14, 2010 |  Category:   life nyc

But not the weather. The weather has been ass, but we are really enjoying the big chunks of leisure time during the summer slowdown. Lots of time to blow bubbles and walk barefoot in the grass. Hard to believe, but it’s midsummer already. It already feels like we’ve done a lot, but the second half will be even better. Mark’s been able to park himself on the couch with a glass of wine a few nights a week and will begin tackling one of his favorite tasks – planning our trip. We are so excited to go to Seattle for 2 weeks next month. As usual, we are packing it in as we have a lot of friends and family… CONTINUE READING

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