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    Beautiful Winter and Bitter Cold – Sunday Snapshots

    My thermometer read – 17°F this morning. It is a bitterly cold day that we are spending cuddled up in the warm indoors. Once the sun warms things up later, we will head out to run errands and enjoy the day. For now though, we will take in the beauty of the outdoors through windows. The brutal cold is truly beautiful though. When temperatures drop below zero, everything looks crisp and the top layer of snow seems to sparkle and shimmer in a whole new way. The winter sun and solid snow cover always make for a pretty winter scene, but there is something especially beautiful about the subzero cold.

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    Winter Fun at Remich Park – Littleton NH

    Living in Northern New Hampshire, winter lasts quite a while and it is important to keep kids (and adults) engaged in outdoor winter activities. Littleton does an amazing job providing outlets for those winter activities with skiing, snowshoeing, fatbiking, sledding and ice skating all possible right in the walkable center of town. Today we went to Remich Park with the kids to enjoy the perfect town sledding hill and the ice skating rink. The sledding hill provides the perfect slope for a good long sled. There are even free tubes available for anyone to use down the hill. While we were at the park, there were quite a few other…

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    Finding Our Perfect Christmas Tree at the Rocks Estate

    What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than to cut down your own Christmas tree? For the past three Christmases, we lived in the Lake Sunapee area of New Hampshire. Each year, we bought our Christmas tree from someone local. It was usually someone who happened to grow Christmas trees in their front yard. There was never much selection, but we found some beautiful trees and Ryan was able to experience cutting down a tree ourselves. This year, we were excited to go to the Rocks Estate to find our perfect tree. Sitting on Christmas Lane in Bethlehem, the Rocks has 1,400 acres of Christmas trees, trails, and…

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    Ammonoosuc River – Sunday Snapshots

    NaNoWriMo is in full swing and I have been focusing my writing on my novel this past week. The novel writing is going great, but I haven’t made much time for keeping up with my blog posts. I am dialing back my blog posts for the month of November, but I still plan to check in a few times a week. I will resume the more active blog postings in December. It has been raining a lot here lately and the river is raging. Here are some picture of the river that I took from the covered bridge on Saturday.

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    Halloween in Littleton NH and the Gathering of the Jack o Lanterns

    It isn’t even Halloween yet, but there has already been plenty of Halloween celebration in the town of Littleton. The search for Golden Pumpkins was a great lead up to the Halloween season, and the big town celebrations happened this past Saturday with the Gathering of the Jack o Lanterns. Saturday was packed with activities. We started off the day at Halloween Fest at the High School where there were games, bounce houses, face painting, pumpkin carving and lots of treats for the kids. The high school was packed and lots of kids were clearly having a great time. After checking out the activity at the high school, Cal hurried…

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    Gathering of the Jack o Lanterns – Littleton NH

    I have been looking forward to the Gathering of the Jack o Lanterns in Littleton ever since I first heard about it (way before we even moved here). Unfortunately the weather was not cooperative this year. The event went on regardless of weather, but while we were celebrating we were hit with the remains of a Nor’easter, freezing rain, and hail. The wind blew out some of the candles and they weren’t able to get out to all the rocks in the middle of the river to place Jack o Lanterns, but it was still a great event. This blog is participating in the Sundays in my City link up.…

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    The Search for the Golden Pumpkin

    The vivid colors have dropped from the trees. The temperatures have dropped along with the leaves. It is cold enough that fewer kids are running around, but not cold enough for frolicking in snow. Littleton may have found a perfect solution for getting kids running around outside – a good old-fashioned treasure hunt! One by one, the Littleton Police Department has been hiding golden pumpkins around town. Each pumpkin has a golden ticket attached with a prize worth up to $250. Each afternoon they release a clue, and kids all around town scramble to try to find the golden pumpkin. It has been a really fun way to explore around…

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    October Snow – Sunday Snapshots

    My favorite pictures from this week are from Thursday morning, when we woke up to snow outside. The snow was a little bit of a shock since we weren’t quite ready, but both kids woke up so excited to see all the fresh fallen snow. There is something that just feels magical about a fresh snowfall. We are not quite at the time of year where the snow sticks around for the season yet, so all the snow was gone by the next day. It was a great reminder for me that I need to get my act together and clean and organize winter gear, figure out what fits and…

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    The Basin – Tuesday Tour Guide

    Henry David Thoreau described the Basin in Franconia Notch as “perhaps the most remarkable curiosity of its kind in New England”. Samuel Eastman said it was “one of the beautiful haunts of Nature, a luxurious and delicious bath fit for the ablutions of a goddess.” I have lived in New England for most of my life and had never heard of it until moving up here. The first time we heard the Basin  mentioned was when Ryan’s class couldn’t make it to their field trip due to a road closure, so they picnicked at the Basin. I didn’t give the place much thought until some friends mentioned how beautiful it…