Where’s the Snow? Our Annual Winter Cabin Gathering

It’s that time of year again. Over The Backyard Fence has been around for quite a while, so I’m certain some patterns are emerging. For me, this is the post-winter-cabin blog. The time where I get to recap another awesome weekend spent with our kids and grandkids in a not-so-rustic cabin, surrounded by snow.

Only there wasn’t any snow. Well, there wasn’t much. This winter has been very warm and even the ski areas are hurting. As a family, though, we are great at adapting and had a wonderful time.

From Friday to Monday, we settle into a rented 4 or 5 bedroom house once a year and spend the weekend playing games and catching up on each other’s lives in a relaxed atmosphere. We can usually leave the hustle and bustle of our normal lives behind for these three days.

This year was no exception. In fact, I’d have to say it was probably one of my top 3 cabin adventures. Our newest granddaughter, at 11 months, was in town. Her mother came, too, of course. Lol. We all loved having this time to cuddle with and get to know her better. And what a fun age to spend time with a baby! She’s crawling, laughing, smiling, and generally curious about everything that’s going on around her. She took to the large group well and didn’t even got cranky. She’s an amazing baby and we are so lucky to have this youngest addition to our family.

We watched our Seahawks football team. That was fun to do as a family. We decorated sugar cookies, played dice and cards, celebrated a late Christmas, and ate. Oooh, boy, did we eat. That didn’t do well for my “food modification program.” But the food was SO good. One daughter and I do breakfasts (breakfast casserole, omelets in a bag). Our other 3 children take over dinner (ham, lasagna, etc.). It was all just too good to resist.

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Oh, and this year, we added something different. Since I’ve been going to the gym, I wanted to get some workouts in. So we put up a list of exercises (pushups, situps, planks, etc.) and for each exercise completed, folks got to put their name in the hat for Amazon gift cards. The kids and grandkids totally got on board with it and that bowl was pretty fully of names by the end of the weekend. It was…awesome. (Sorry, that’s my favorite word, can you tell?)

So now we’re all back to our hectic normal lives, but with some good sleep, great visiting, and a smile on our faces. Next year will be our 15th winter cabin weekend and I’m already looking forward to it.


12 responses to “Where’s the Snow? Our Annual Winter Cabin Gathering

  1. Love the pictures. Some great memories. That shuffle board brought back memories for me. We had one that looked like it in our big house. 35 sq feet the guy that built it like to party and had a huge rec-room. It’s a great way to end one year and kick off the next.

  2. I hadn’t played shuffleboard in years, so it was fun to try it again. And yep, a wonderful way to start the year.

  3. Valerie J. Patterson

    So much happiness in those photographs! Thank you for sharing your family with us. What a terrific tradition you guys have. And I have to say, you look good! I’m certain you’re seeing the fruits of your labor. Keep it up! 😛

  4. Brilliant post. What a lovely family and such a great tradition; long may it continue. It’s good to hear of families getting on so well together and enjoying each other’s company. 🙂

  5. what a grand time!! I love the photos- especially you and the newest addition to the family. I’m so glad you all do this every year.

  6. Laurie your retreat always makes me smile. What fun!! Sorry about no snow what a strange winter!! I do remember the year my mother passed away in February that we had plenty of snow and were able to go sledding on our hill. So maybe we will get a little yet. Thanks for your fun story.

  7. Awesome, Laurie 😉 You are so blessed to have this time with your family each year, and what a happy bunch you look to be! Your newest addition is adorable. Can’t believe she’s already eleven months old!!

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