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.

(oh, and shhhh…don’t tell anyone we were roasting store-bought marshmallows. totally forgot to bring our own this year).

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  • Anu July 4, 2011 at 2:29 am

    What an awesome place!

  • Tim McMurdo July 4, 2011 at 6:05 am

    When we were growing up, we did not have any money. We didn’t know that my parents struggled because we had so many wonderful experiences and because we were so happy. My parents went out of their way to make sure that we got to see the world as much as possible on their limited budget.

    When I was divorced years later, I chose not to buy my son lots of toys and presents when I saw him. Instead, I took him to see the world as my parents had. We travelled, we ate, we saw and we experienced. Now that my son is 21, when we are together, he often brings up an experience that we had together. I am pleased with my decision. He now has memories to last him his lifetime.

    I see you and Mark taking this same path with your two girls. They must be building quite a collection of wonderful memories that they can cherish for their entire lives. Such a precious gift & far more important than toys and electronics.

  • Ana July 4, 2011 at 8:47 am

    I adore this! can’t wait for more!

  • Susan July 4, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Haha…your secret is safe. 😉

  • Jenna July 4, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Thank you so much for the nice sentiment, Tim.

  • RebeccaNYC July 4, 2011 at 11:10 am

    THIS is what a lakehouse should look like. I spent my childhood summers by a lake in Canada in just such a cottage. (until my grandfather forgot we used it and sold it without telling my parents…imagine our surprise upon arriving after a 10 hour car ride to find someone else moved into our cottage?) Still my favorite memories of childhood.

  • Meghann July 4, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    What a beautifully rustic place to spend this holiday! The ownership of the old house is extremely romantic. Oh, the stories those old walls might tell…
    Such sweet memories, you are building.

  • jenene July 5, 2011 at 11:39 am

    it was so fun to see you guys again this year, and see how much your girls have grown.

    i adore the last shot of the kids roasting marshmallows!

  • GdeG July 5, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Fantastic lake house!

  • Justine July 6, 2011 at 9:16 am

    SO great. Looks like a combination of my Cape cottage and the Cape Ann cabin I posted about last week. I just love this kind of rustic indoor/outdoor living. You really should come visit us on the Cape one of these days… (But if you do, please do remember to bring W&S marshmallows 😉 )

  • Truly Smitten July 15, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    OMG!! This is PERFECT!!! I absolutely love this kind of vacationing! Sigh…you are so lucky that you can stay there…hmpf!

  • Bianca July 16, 2011 at 6:24 am

    This is complete and utter perfection. Tim’s beautiful comment is also. I was raised with this kind of lovely simplicity and will raise my little girl the same also. Enjoy this beautiful place as much as you can and thanks for sharing the lovely photos!!

  • lucie July 17, 2011 at 6:22 am

    This lakehouse seems to be fantastic!