new years at the cabin

Thursday, January 5

This year for New Years Eve we went down to Laurel Springs, NC and stayed with my family at this charming cabin. I hate to admit it, but it may or may not have made me re-think my city-girl-at-heart ways.
 There was hot chocolate and whipped cream by the fire
 and naps
We drove into town and explored musty used book stores. Where husband read me his favorite Edgar Allan Poe poem. Wait ... he did what?
Then we went to the movies at a rusty old theater that still had some small remains of Christmas cheer.
 My little brother went around with my camera taking extra flattering close-up shots of the family
And I experienced reading a book with TWO hands. Oh, the luxury of turning the page with that other hand!
 Also, my sisters are no longer lipstick virgins. NARS Heat Wave and I took care of that.
My sister and her husband attempted the Tina Fey look
 And also the cute look. Which they've mastered. Obviously.
 My mom perfected her grandma skills
 and we went on walks in the middle of nowhere wonderfulness
My other sister, the rugby champion of the world, taught us how to play the game. And throw that particularly large rugby ball.
 which of course I proceeded to do awkwardly
 We had a lot of bacon
 and spent time sitting in the front porch rocking chairs because it was 50 DEGREES and sunny.
Also. There were new year's kisses at midnight.
Now. Who wants to sell me a cabin?

-------------------------------------------------------
P.S. Awkward and Awesome Thursday will finally be returning next week. Shocker, I know.

167 comments:

Mandy Koster said...

That photo of daddy and his son and the one of your beautiful mom! So precious!! I really enjoyed reading this post, thanks for sharing! :-)

X Mandy

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Neris / Fashion Fractions said...

sounds like you had a great time! last photo is my favorite one :)

xoxo,

Fashion Fractions

monkeyshines ♥ said...

adorable captures!

Bises,
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Rajnish said...

You had a wonderful new year. I liked specially last photograph which tells a lot in the end. happy new year 2012.
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jenn said...

Your family is so gorgeous! It's in the genes : ) Love the picture with grandma. And rugby is super fun.

Jenn

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Eva L said...

great pics :))
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Supimpona said...

Just charming and lovely!

Miss Rose said...

yumy hot chocolate by the way the picture are awesome

Десислава Валентинова said...

It seems like the perfect holiday. I'm so happy for you guys. When I read a post like this one I feel so good and happy and have a biiiiig smile on my face. I wish you even more happiness than this now :))

<3

Hayley Laura said...

What a great way to start my morning. Love reading about your adventures. Beautiful family.

Kelly said...

Where are all of your baby legs from? I'm having a boy in 9 weeks and everything I see looks so girly!

Ylenia said...

wow!!! you mum lokks more like your sister! she is so young and pretty :-))))
that cabin is amazing and no wondering you felt something for that place. Perfect balance will be to live close to the city to be able to easily and quickly reach it and not that close to feel like in the countryside.

Love, Ylenia | Longuette

Elegantly Academic said...

Awww. That sounds like a lovely new years. And your mum looks so youthful. Simply gorgeous ...

Kelly @
Elegantly Academic 

Liz said...

wow, this looks like utter perfection! you should really get an ipad - would cure that need for a second hand while reading thing :) I've heard it's great for when you have little ones and you've only got one hand free! I love mine!

Malin said...

Ah, I want to go away with my family like that!!! (And have someone teach me to play rugby!)

Kate said...

I don't know if you ever respond to e-mails, but I figured I'd reach out and ask where that cabin is in Laurel Springs. I recently moved to NC from CA and am still exploring the area. Anyhow, my parents LOVE to rent cabins and this one is fairly close to where I live and I know my family would enjoy it. If you get a chance, please help a girl out! Thanks :)

The Mrs. said...

Wow, your mom is a hottie! How nice to spend the holiday with family in such a darling setting. Happy New Year!

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Petchie said...

Great pictures! Looks like something out of a picture book, and you look beautiful as always!

xoxo
Petchie
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Asia Yakushevich said...

Like a miracle!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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Edelweiss&Enzian said...

I just LOVE the pictures!
Such a beautiful family!

~elisa~ said...

seems like you had a memorable New Year's! I loved the pictures... Happy 2012!
p.s. SO looking forward to Awkward and Awesome Thursday :D

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Lauren {Stylized Existence} said...

This looks SO relaxing and wonderfully serene. Thanks for sharing!

Kendra said...

Hi Destiny! Two questions: What brand are the leg warmers your son has on? Love them! And, what action do you use on your photos for the soft, vintage look? Thanks!

Susan Borland said...

I love all of these pictures!
Thanks for sharing, Sydney!
love,
SUZE

Hilliary@ Happily Ever Healthy said...

Looks like a wonderful way to spend the holiday! Love all the pictures, you all look so happy and relaxed!

Julie said...

an amazingly wonderful post, Sydney! looks like you all had a great time.

Kara said...

ohmygoodness.... what a dreamy cabin! such a nice, quiet getaway! and that last photo..... preshhhhh!

xx happy new year! kara

nicole said...

dreamy. simply dreamy.

Charlotte said...

This sounds look such an amazing trip, thank you for sharing this with us x

Chelsea said...

Sounds like you had an absolutely amazing time-what a beautiful and wonderful family!! Happy New Year!! (and if you are looking to check out other areas of NC - Asheville is fantastic!!)

Chelsea (www.hautechildinthecity.com)

Ria said...

All of these are so sweet. I'm most definitely a city girl at heart but I think spending time in such a cabin would make me rethink things at well. Although, I would want my family there with me! This sounds like y'all had such an amazing trip.

holtkamp said...

your trip looks so amazing! you have us all craving a cabin getaway! :) -jen

kaitlin {bee-loved} said...

looks like it was quite a delightful getaway! That cabin is grand, so is that little babe of yours!

Job and Rachael said...

I get ya. I am a city girl at heart too, but boy do I love my camping/cabin trips! You just have to get away sometimes :) Great pictures, looks like you all had a simply lovely time.

Collections said...

This looks wonderful... and so much fun!

Collections

Megan Muller said...

1) I love how you told a story with your photos.

2) Your mom looks so young! Good genes must run in your family (I'm totally jealous).

and 3) That last photo of your little family is adorable. That's a must to print out, blow up, and display proudly on your wall.

Great post!

Meg
@MissMegasaurus
www.glamoroushustle.com

Melissa said...

That trip looks and sounds fantastic!

Katie said...

2 things...
Great pictures, looks like a great weekend!
Your mom is gorgeous!!! :)

ThisLittleMomma said...

Wow, you can play rugby already? Looks like you are doing so good for just having a baby- i'm impressed! Baby E looks so cute! I also am always questioning if I'm a city girl at heart or not. It's so peaceful in the country!

Whitney & Devin said...

Cutest new years ever award goes to you guys :)

Liz Brown said...

Awkward and Awesome Thursday! Yaaaay!

I've missed it. Believe me.

Cabins, woot! My grandpa has one in Colorado. We go there and we fly fish, and its heaven.

Jess092 said...

This was an "awesome" Thursday post for me, for sure! Love the long post, love the pics.. I have to stop peeking at your twitter pictures though, because I love seeing them on the blog ;) Jess

Jordan said...

I'm from NC and fairly close to the mountains. Isn't it such a beautiful place?! Looks like you're trip was wonderful. Happy New Year to you and your family!

Katie Blacker said...

vacations are seriously what I live for. looks like yours was pretty great.

Janine said...

The last photo is my favorite. You should frame that. Glad you had a great trip.

Kristin Rahn said...

That sounds so perfect! I'm a city girl at heart, too, but after having lived in both Michigan and North Carolina I've learned the value of having untouched nature and rural town goodness close by. Happy New Year to your whole family!

Erin @ Currently Coveting said...

That looks like one awesome time. Think I need a cabin retreat with the boy one of these days!

wanderlustdreaming said...

I'm a city girl at hear as well but there is something about the peacefulness and serenity that living in a cabin by the countryside that is so appealing to me.

Alexandria said...

Looks like a fabulous new years and birthday :) Happy 2012 beautiful!

Ana said...

BEAUTIFUL photos, and what an amazing time. I think I want a cabin now too.

Danielle LaPointe said...

Beautiful family and beatiful pictures!

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot said...

I love the Bossypants picture haha. One of my goals in life is to live in a log cabin at some point and this post just made it a priority on my list! Looks like you had such a great time!

emily said...

I would love to know where the adorable baby legs are from, too! So hard finding anything that isn't too girly.

Bespoke Biddie said...

This looks absolutely divine, when you buy yours inquire about a second one for me

Sunnie
(.=

2Anchor said...

Cabin are always the best, for a short amount a time. Then I start to get anxious and want the city back! But they are breath taking, and this one looks gorgeous. Glad you had such a great New Year!

xoKylee

Sari said...

Wow so much fun!! Cabin sounds like a great idea to do a big get together with families.

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Leah said...

I love that last pic. Beautiful.
Happy New Year!

xo L.

Bianca said...

This looks like absolute heaven.

Someone get me a rocking chair asap.

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

I am a little jealous, looks like so much fun!

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

I am a little jealous, looks like so much fun!

Kieren said...

I also have a brother that steals my camera and takes awful pictures of everyone. That is NOT what the zoom is for!

Janell said...

Syd, the entire trip looked and sounded absolutely dreamy.. I don't blame you for having cabin lust. My husband's family has a cabin on a a gorgeous lake in the northern Wisconsin pines. Every time we come back from there I seriously contemplate getting our own cabin and moving up there. Glad you brought in the new year in such a dreamy way

Supal said...

This was SO CUTE! I love how you captured the sweetest (and funniest) moments. Nappy new year to you, Tys, and Baby Ever :)

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hannahstiff said...

This may be the cutest post I've ever seen on Daybook:) I'm from Montana, where we have tons of charming cabins and nice winter weather:) Oh, and your mom looks so young and hip!! XO

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nvrhaveievr said...

City girls can ALWAYS weekend in the country. In fact, I think that is what makes a city girl? Right?

Lexy @ The Proper Pinwheel said...

This looks amazing and I love your photos! How did you make them look so rustic? A filter? They look magical. I may need to hit up a local cabin. I'll probably have to rent a baby first. ;)

Lucy said...

That cabin looks incredibly cosy. Sounds like a perfect New Years eve to me! x

Sarah said...

Oh my I had to do a double take at the Tiny Fey picture hahahaha.

- Sarah
http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com

Kristal said...

OK, every one of your pics is wonderful. Those last two of Tyson and the baby and then all 3 of you?! PERFECTION. That cabin certainly has my attention as well. What a fun getaway!

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Sherry said...

Dreamy! Great pictures!

Alexa said...

The New Year's kiss photo is perfection. What a beautiful weekend!

Rissy said...

absolutely adorable! looks like you guys really had a fantastic New Years... my friend did something very similar in Tennessee. Fun stuff!


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Jenna said...

The last photo belongs in a magazine - so precious :)

Glad you had a wonderful holiday season!

xoxo
Jenna

Ash said...

i love cabins (: my momma has one in our local mountains, we spent christmas there- sooo peaceful and lovely (i could move to the mountains in a heartbeat!)... that last picture of you guys is everything... (: happy new year!

A Southern Bee DIary said...

That last picture should be framed, your little family is beautiful !! Whoever took it did such a nice job!

xo. A Southern Bee Diary

:)

Alex said...

Hello dear,

in case I asked you already, this is an improved version:
it would be a pleasure and a great help for me if you could answer my blogger-interview about the relation of fashion, blogs and journalism. It's anonym, but you can also name your blog if u like. It's to find on my blog!

Thank you in forward,
Alex

apurpledress said...

That looks so fun! I love cabins, they have so much charm.

Gina said...

What a beautiful cabin! Looks like you had a relaxing and fun New Years

Mrs. Ham said...

i love that last photo! oh owning a cabin would be so great. the grass is always greener on the other side...

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JenLynn said...

Looks like a wonderful, relaxing time.

Growing up in a small town, my dream was to live in a big city; living in DC now for 5 years I think I miss the quiet and 'room' of a smaller city (but not too far from the hustle and bustle)

Jenni Austria Germany said...

this looks divine.

and i can never get over how beautiful your mother is!

DiamondsandTulle said...

What a lovely getaway! We did something similar for Christmas and definitely all think a cabin is a great investment! Happy New Year!

xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

Nicole said...

The last photo is beyond precious! You have a beautiful family! I wish the three of you a happy new year :)

Notes from Holly St. said...

what a beautiful family! sounds like the perfect getaway...happy new year!

Ashleigh said...

This sounds like the most lovely family vacation ever. Thanks for sharing - and, of course, we're all anxiously awaiting awkward and awesome thursday!

xx Ashleigh
www.ashflynn.blogspot.com

Faith said...

so perfect!

Cassie @ Live.Laugh.L0ve. said...

Looks like ya'll had such a wonderful time! I miss going out to my great grandma's cabin. You just reminded me I need to go ASAP! :) Great pictures!

laura said...

Love your photos! I grew up in NC and went to church camp in Laurel Springs every summer from elementary through high school - what a magical place. I, too, am a city girl at heart (now living in beautiful Seattle), but the serene beauty of NC's mountains will always have a piece of my heart. Glad you had such a perfect new year's celebration!

andrea said...

that last picture is the cutest one i have ever seen. honestly, you and your family are so adorable. you are a gorgeous mom and a beautiful wife. those 2 boys of yours are sure lucky!

melissamevans said...

What a lovely holiday away! so nice to get out of the city....love all the pics that you shared :)

laurenjeanallece said...

I'm not sure which I love more, the photos or the captions!

I definitely know what takes top billing overall though... That last photo of all three of you! So, so sweet.

Lindsay R said...

great photos! your mama is gorgeous, your sis and her husband are hilarious and everything looks just perfect. how fun!

Lindsay

hotpants™ said...

That pic of your hubby and son is so adorable. Also, your mom doesn't look like a grandmother. Beautiful family!

thankfifi said...

Such beautiful shots of precious moments - looks like a wonderful break! I love so much how your blog is so full of great images but also tells the story of your life - the perfect balance.x

Urban Nester said...

Looks like you had an amazing new years with your cute family! The hubby and I went to a cabin on the beach with 3 of our couple friends. It was so relaxing, and so much fun. Love the last photo, it's so sweet. Happy New Year, Syd!

xo.
http://alwaysamrsforeverakidd.blogspot.com

Shannon said...

What a fun trip and a beautiful cabin. Such sweet pictures.

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dreaming en francais said...

Looks like fun! The cabin, the old bookshop, the hot chocolate.. it all looks so cozy. And I LOVE that last photo, melted my heart. xo

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debbiecutieface.com said...

I love cabin vacations. Your sister looks so much like you!

milk tea + polkadots said...

Sounds like such a fabulous and relaxing way to spend new years! Love baby E's leg warmers. So cute! Where are they from??

Who is G? said...

such pretty pictures...looks like a dream. My brother has a cabin resort place at East Zion in UT and we love to go stay there and enjoy the quiet life for awhile...cabins are the best!

Lindsy said...

It looks amazing!! And your mom is GORGEOUS! HOLY COW! Now I see where you get it. You are lovely!

jordan paige said...

your momma is BEAUTIFUL. and that baby of yours is so stinkin' cute.

Michelle said...

Yayy for fun times like this with family, and wow what a lovely cabin!!!!!!You all are simply Beautiful and so much fun to be around, I know it.....

projectdowhatyoulove said...

Looks like a wonderful stay! Such cute pics! You and your sisters are such cuties!

Natalie
www.projectdowhatyoulove.wordpress.com

Goldenberry said...

And I'm the 105th person to tell you that this a great post! :) Lovely pics and great holiday!

chantelle c said...

Awwww.... you three make me so happy! Have a wonderful new year. Can't wait for your Awkward & Awesome posts!

Mr. Taylor and his Lady said...

i think you have perfected that last picture down to a tee. so beautiful! and that cabin looks amazing! i wish i had seen more of the inside! what a great way to spend the new year and the rest of your winter vacation!
xo TJ

Lovelyladyjb said...

looks like a blast! :) Family time is the best!

La Maman Heureuse said...

The picture of Tyson with baby E on the porch is just precious!

And I totally get the city girl at heart dilemma. Before I was a mom, I just loved the city. As soon as I became a mum, it totally changed.

Now i just want to live a quiet life in the country. Sounds boring, I know, but so fulfilling at the same time. My friends find it hilarious ;-)

Happy New Year to you, Tys and baby E!

Love from Belgium,

Cindy

monstarrlove.com said...

Your mom is BEAUTIFUL! Now I know where you & your sisters get it from :)

natalie said...

that cabin is too perfect! what a great way to ring in the New Year with your new babe.

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PSbyDila said...

Looks really cozy, nice pictures!

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Kayla said...

Ahhhhh!!! I loved the rugby pictures! As a fellow rugger it makes me warm and happy inside to see your sister passing on its awesomeness to her family members. Your sister rocks. Also, I want that cabin. Gorgeous!

Katie said...

You had me at "cabin"! Simply wonderful NYE!

Michael said...

I'm so glad I was the one who qualified for the extra flattering bed-head close-up shot. Thanks Sis!
Love,
POPS

Charlene said...

What a beauuutiful family you have my dear! Looks like you had tons of fun celebrating together! Fun stuff! =)

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Brielle said...

Love Love love the cabin!

Chloe Jacqueline said...

What a perfect way to start the new year! Your photos are gorgeous! I am so glad you enjoyed a cozy new year with your loved ones!

A Babbling Brunette said...

That's like my dream vacation. Y'all are such a cute family!

Monica and Whitney said...

Bacon is the way to spend any vacation.

Ask the Duplex

Rachael said...

Love the photos! Fab last photo of you three!!
Love the cabin!! I love the cabin look. Looks like a great time! Now you're making me want to got to the country and relax!

a girl with a smile said...

Your mom is WOW!

cute post.

Yay for A&A making a comeback

Ciara Slider said...

cabins are the best!! looks like a great new years eve! love the new years kiss/hug!

Tina said...

You have a beautiful family, and your mom is so pretty!

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Tian Shanae said...

Your photo are so precious

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Tarah said...

fab pics!! such a fun new year!!

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A Red Haired Girl said...

I'm so excited for Awkward and Awesome Thursday... it's my favorite! I just started a new segment,called the Mason Jar, on my blog and I'm excited to see how it goes! It's nice to have a type of post that you can do on a regular basis! I'm excited your A&A posts will be coming back!

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London said...

Where, where, where did you get those cute baby sockies! I have been looking for thigh high socks for my little man. It would make diaper changes and warm toes soooo much easier! And they are dang cute!

Baking in Couture said...

Your mom is one hot mama! You guys all look like sisters! Gorgeous family :)

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Sweet Little Stuff said...

Your mom is gorgeous! =) and you baby so, so cute!

Great family, great moments i´m sure! :D

xoxo

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Chicara said...

That cabin looks divine. :)

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Shabana said...

Looks and sounds amazing!

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Unknown said...

Charming! This posts shows why it's so important to capture the moments on camera.

Ashley said...

Sounds like an amazing trip! Just found your blog and absolutely love it.. stop by and check ours out :)

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Malgorzata564 said...

amazing pictures :)

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Tom said...

Magical pictures. Makes me kind of want to have a weekend in the countryside...like right now.

yours truly said...

Looks like you had a great time!
P.S I absolutely LOVE your hair!

Madeline said...

Hope you're having a wonderful new year already with your new, precious baby! I swear, Everett gets cuter by the second! (And you get prettier by the second, too!)

Hope all is well and I wish I was at that cabin with you.. it looks so cozy!

Best of Wishes,
xo
Maddie from rhapsodizestyle.blogspot.com

Erykah said...

your mom looks like she can be your older sister! :} thanks for sharing.

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p e b b z said...

this sounds like the most prfect way to bring in a new year... lovely pictures.. thanks for sharing!! xx

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Cat said...

Where did you get those cute little legging things he is wearing in that photo with your mom?

Katrina said...

the break away to the cabin is awesome! my perfect honeymoon that will be. :)

awesome photos. liking the effects

xo katrina
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Bch said...

Lovely pictures!!! :)
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Sandy a la Mode said...

so fun!! i can't wait to take my baby boy on trips!!

Haley said...

You and your family are adorable. Too precious!! I love your photos! They make me smile! And I'm so excited for Awkward and Awesome Thursdays! (:

and your mom does NOT look like a Grandma. What is your family secret to looking SO YOUNG!?

arwen said...

hey!!
I wonder what fotoshop program. this pics are very good..

Caity Dancer said...

So cute. Looks like such a great time. :)


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Perpetuity said...

Don't know what I need more, that cozy lil cabin or that amazing cardigan sweater!

~Heather
www.perpetuitystyle.blogspot.com

laptitegrecque said...

love the cute chalet you stayed in! And your baby is so adorable! Bless him!

Kisses,
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Tereza said...

ohh, i wanna live there :)
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wildchild said...

oh my gawsh, that last picture!!! you guys are the sweetest.

Sydney said...

ah lovely! Cabins are just great :)

Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three said...

I love your blog- just randomly found you from the UK and am now a follower! Your little family are so cute! x

{annie} said...

Love this! Nothing better than family. The 3 of y'all kissing at midnight....LOVE IT....AND...your mom----BEAUTIFUL! You get it honest!

Mindee and Austin said...

Georgous pictures! Your mom is so pretty. And you guys have such a beautiful family!

Smith, Here! said...

Amazing photos! Loft that soft natural light - looked like a perfect New years.

Kristen Duke Photography said...

We do a cabin getaway every year locally, and it is so fun to discover quaint little towns. I do think for a few minutes that I would enjoy the country, but I really do like my city conveniences. LOVE so many pics, mostly grandma and baby, the bacon, and the tina fey hands is creepy...on her book,too.

kELLO! said...

1. your mom is gorgeous
2. this reminds me of the movie, dan in real life. the cabin, the library, the playing outside, etc.

The Arizona Russums said...

your mama is so pretty. a hott grandma for sure!

Connie said...

This makes me even more excited to move to NC in less than 2 months.

The Wagner Famlia said...

Just curious...did you know you were featured in Via Uno? Have you worn their things?

sun shine said...

lovelyy :)

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