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Monday, February 28, 2011

Better late than never...pictures from New Hampshire

Brrr! It was very cold, icy winds and snowy skies...but the view from our deck was so beautiful. It's hard to believe that this is the same lake where we all go swimming and kayaking in the summer time. It looks like a different world in February!

We braved the elements to enjoy some winter sports all week long.

We all went night snow tubing again...gotta love it!

Dad went sledding...

...with the boys...

...while Kate took a spin around the ice rink.
The girls got in some shopping and had a horsey ride, too.
We slept late, ate well, spent time with our friends, and enjoyed our kids. The kids also spent hours in the recreation center pool. They got lots of exercise while Mom sat poolside with her laptop.

Nicest of all was that we had no major meltdowns or stress-related episodes. With four kiddos with post-traumatic stress disorder, it's something that we're always braced for when we make any change in routine or schedule. PTSD hates change, even good changes, so we try to be careful when we plan vacations to minimize the disruption to our family routine. We've been lucky to have our own condo in New Hampshire that we visit several times a year; we can get away but still keep our own schedule for meals, bedtimes, etc. The kids are all very comfortable with their surroundings which makes them less anxious and more able to just relax and have fun. This week was the most laid back vacation time we've had to date as a family of seven so I think we're on the right track.

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