Last week I rented a condo in Jackson, NH for a few days. My kids love to go to the North Conway area, funny since growing up (there) I thought it was quite possibly the most boring place on earth. As it turns out, I was wrong! Going back now is fun and I appreciate the beauty of the mountains and all the fun things to do there in such a different way. I do have so many great memories of growing up and a part of me feels at home when I am there. I found myself thinking that I could seriously see me and my kids living there if we ever decided to move. As an added bonus, one of my favorite girls on the planet also has a house there, my oldest and dearest friend Jamie. We got to spend some time with her and her kids and for some strange reason we seemed to attract attention wherever we went (more on that later). I'm not gonna lie though, at one point I was giving some serious creative thought to "how can we ditch all these kids and go out?!"
but unfortunately (or fortunately) we are not the fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants carefree twenty-somethings that we once were. We're adults now! With responsibilities! And so yes, we were in for the night every night by 9.
Skating at Nordic Village
We were on the go pretty much constantly for 4 days. We started out on Monday with a trip to Zeb's which is a store that my kids absolutely love. Then it was ice skating at the little pond at Nordic Village where we stayed. After that we went out to dinner and over to Jamie's for a little visit. When we got back Alyssa went in the jacuzzi in our room. I mention the jacuzzi because she asked me about a thousand times if she could go in it in the time span of about one hour.
The next morning we went to the pools and hot tubs, which Alyssa was very anxious for. I'd have to say that the outdoor hot tub was the best for me and Luke and Alyssa liked the outdoor pool.
This picture cracks me up....Alyssa looks like she's got no pants on!
This was after we went swimming and were going back to the condo.
Then it was off to Nestlenook to go skating. Joe and I stayed at Nestlenook a few times but I had never been skating there (or even seen people skating there actually). It's really, really pretty and the ice was great and we skated for hours. It was an absolutely gorgeous day. My kids are great, GREAT skaters and I am so proud when I watch them on the ice. They also had sleigh rides here with giant horses (see picture below) but we didn't go on one. This place was seriously beautiful and picture perfect on the days we were there.
That night we met up with Jamie, Kirra and Libby and went to my new absolute favorite restaurant on earth. I had heard about this place a while ago and wanted to check it out. It is called the Shovel Handle Pub and it is located at Black Mountain (also in Jackson). I am a big, big fan of old barns, post and beam style buildings, rustic anything, and when I walked into this place I seriously turned to Jamie and said, "Oh my God Jamie, this place makes me want to.............have a function!!" haahahha. Who knows, maybe I'll throw someone a slammin birthday party soon there :) Really, we sat down and I had to pretend to take pictures of my dinner-mates but really I was taking pictures of the building and trying not to seem like a complete dork. I want to drag my bed to Jackson and live in this place. Live music, great atmosphere, awesome food and perfect company. Between that dinner at the Shovel Handle Pub and skating at Nestlenook it was a seriously great day.
Why only one picture of the Shovel Handle Pub you ask? Well, after snapping all those shots of this beautiful place, I proceeded to delete them all off my phone a few hours later. Something in my head made me think I had already uploaded them to my pute....but alas, I was mistaken.
Yes my brain is in a complete fog at times.
The next day we tried (for the third time) to go tubing at Cranmore but the lines were so long it was just not worth it. So we ended up meeting up with Jamie and we went on a little hike to Diana's Baths. I have been here in the summer but never in the winter and once again it was an absolutely beautiful day. The kids all did great and had a really fun time walking in the woods and sliding down icy hills wherever they found them.
We found this gigantic really cool icicle (you can't tell how cool it is from the picture). It had all kinds of handles and holes and bumps, etc. Luke was having fun here but he's just too cool for pics these days.
Kirra and Alyssa sitting on a perfect log chair (which you can't see)
Now, this is one reason why I love Jamie so much.
Who else would tell all the kids to lick the giant icicle so that we could take pictures? Or was it just because we get a kick of seeing them do whatver we tell them to do? Ahhh, I guess it doesn't matter.
After our walk we went and had sandwiches at our condo and then we all went skating again. It was fun for everyone for about 15 minutes and then Kirra went into serious melt-down mode and it got really ugly for Jamie from there. I think all of us (excluding Kirra, but maybe INcluding a few innocent bystanders) are still recuperating from this episode. It was serious. Let's just say, I don't think Jamie is going to be going back to Nestlenook any time soon with her kids. Sorry Jamie! All was fine a few hours later though when we met them for dinner at Tuckerman's Tavern. For the record, my daughter ordered spaghetti at every restaurant we went to. She had it three nights in a row and one left over lunch. She also discovered Shirley Temples to drink, and that is her new favorite thing to order when eating out.
As I said before there was no tubing this time due to long lines but we'll go up and go some other weekend. We did some other fun little things too and the kids loved sleeping on the pull-out couch at the condo (big highlight of the trip). All in all it was lots of fun and when it was time to leave neither of them wanted to go!