we traveled this weekend through four states to Chautauqua Lake in western New York. my husband and his high school friends planned an unofficial reunion of sorts, packed with skiing and snowboarding, eating and drinking, and general merry-making! i had a great time getting to know them better and it was fantastic to see Ella join in on all the fun. she recruited a lot of new fans!
i wish we had been able to do more exploring outside but it was too cold to be out for more than ten minutes at a time. and unfortunately, we both forgot our mittens. but the home we stayed in was beautiful, perched atop a small hill overlooking the lake. falling asleep with the lights of the homes across the lake dotting the night sky and waking to the sun reflecting off the scenic, frozen lake was enough to renew my spirit for the remainder of this winter season.