Friday Postcards from Lake Wentworth NH

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There is nothing, and I mean nothing, like a lazy week on a lake. I’ve barely done any work in the past few days, except a few Facebook updates and checking email. I didn’t quite unplug, but I did the best I could given my personality and a few projects that didn’t get wrapped up as quickly as I had hoped before I left.

My life has slowed down while we vacation on Lake Wentworth (near Wolfeboro) in New Hampshire this week. I gave myself permission to sit. OK, well maybe that’s delusional given that I have a two and four year old, but I did sit in a raft, in a kayak and on a beach chair for a few minutes this week.

Putting our daily routine on hold and only having one basic thing to do each day- enjoy the lake- brought us back down to our core elements as a family. We love to play, explore, hike, throw rocks, skip stones, splash each other in the face, dive under water to see the fish, and roast marshmallows by an open fire. These all sound simple enough, but when you are a family that is constantly on the go, whether to our next destination, soccer practice, school or dental appointments, just being able to play is a real luxury.

I’ve watched more sunsets than I can count this week. I’ve gotten to do a little night photography. I read a book. Almost two books in fact! I went to bed early; hubby and I switched off sleeping in late.

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My parents and my sister’s family have been with us up at the lake all week, which added extra eyes, ears and hands to look out for the boys. Having extra help allowed us to relax in a way we can’t often do back home, where we have no family, only friends who can lend a hand every now and then when they aren’t busy with their own kids. I’m grateful for their help, and any help I can offer them, but there really is nothing like family when you are on vacation. In my family at least, it is expected that everyone looks out for the kids, and sometimes mom and dad need to sneak off for a breather back at the cabin, while the kids stay with grandpa and grandma by the lake.

When I watched my husband throwing our youngest into the air after dinner tonight I had to smile. Sure we have lakes back home, but the water isn’t as warm and we don’t prioritize time to play in it. This week has been special. We set aside all responsibilities and focused on the most important thing of all– playing as a family. Maybe we need to think about doing that a little more.

How do you set aside time just to play? 

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Keryn Means
Keryn is the founder and editor-in-chief of Walking on Travels, an award-winning site that gives hope to today’s active parents who don’t want to stop their lives; they simply bring their kids along for the ride. Keryn utilizes her project management background, along with a masters degree in journalism and an undergrad degree in photography to the team to create dynamic content and a vision that keeps up with the latest technology and trends. You can find Keryn dragging her 2 boys around the DC area most days and across the globe several times a year. Follow along on their adventures on Instagram and Pinterest.
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  • Mary {The World Is A Book}
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    I’m so glad you’re having such a relaxing time with your family. It’s always hard to be away from family so little moments are treasured even more when you’re together. I hope you get to read more books and have more days of sleeping in.

  • jan
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    Hi Keryn, I am one of those sickening people who live in a town with both sets of parents available for baby sitting purposes. I Know! I agree that holidaying with family is great though. My husband, self and two children have holidayed many times on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia. We would rent a big home and share it with my sister-in-law and her two kids. That works really well. We both had built in babysitters, our kids loved having their cousins to play with (they live in different towns) and my “Sis” and I would kick back and have a few glasses of wine at night while overlooking the ocean. Perfection. I linked a post I did a while back that would be excellent for children.

  • Michele {Malaysian Meanders}
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    I think what I love best about family travel is that our normal household distractions disappear and we can focus on each other. Your time in New Hampshire seems so idyllic and relaxing. I’m glad that the extended family was there, too.

  • Corinne
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    Beautiful photos Keryn. It really shows the relaxed emotion you were feeling! I love those sunsets!

  • Kate @WildTalesof...
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    So good to hear you are having such a nice and relaxing time, Keryn. Yes, this is exactly why we travel–that (sort of) uninterrupted family time where we just get to enjoy each other’s company and new surroundings. Reminds me of our trip to Hayden Lake, ID a couple of weeks ago.

  • Anna
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    I love vacationing in New Hampshire, I did it a lot as a child!

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