ice skating party + happy winter weekend!

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I could not be more smitten with this ice skating party that Abby alerted me too! I love winter picnics. Cyd from the Sweetest Occasion posted the party which was held in the backyard (in Maine) of Kate from Beautiful Days.  An ice skating pond in your backyard? This is the stuff that dreams are made of. My dreams anyways.

A few thoughts:

I am behind on posting projects and hope to have a special one to share with you on Monday. We will see.

Life seems to be flying by so quickly. Anyone else notice this? This list of the 5 most common regrets inspires me to savor the moments and to live in the present.

I made a pact to not complain for a week. Anyone want to join me? So far lovely things have opened up. Turns out they were right under my nose all the while.

Happy Weekend!

Photos by Geneve Hoffman.


  1. absolutely I’ll join you! Though I don’t expect to have much to complain about this week =) – it’s finals week, but all my things are due early. So, aside from grading, it should be a light week – which is good, I have such a HUGE list of things to do on my Christmas list. (Like all those Christmas presents I can’t wait to start making!)

    speaking of which, I looked at that link to the five common regrets, I absolutely agree with the importance of honesty. It can be really frightening to be honest (I levelled with a professor in my doctoral program, publicly, who is also someone I’ve been friends with for years). But at the same time, I find I can’t live any other way; I’m so much happier when I don’t have to expend energy keeping track of what I’m not telling which groups of people, you know?

    But I will say that, for someone going into a low-paying, time-consuming white collar field (at least, I hope so!), sometimes a time-consuming job isn’t detrimental to living a meaningful life. You just have to think about time as a type of investment – and what are you buying with each career? If the values align, if, as one of my profs is fond of saying “the vocation matches your avocation,” it can actually enhance your satisfaction with life – because all those work hours become meaningful ones. =)

    happy holidays! wish we were all skating on a beautiful backyard pond in Maine!!

  2. So in love with this party, glad you love it, too! I’m with you on the no complaining pact. 🙂 Hope you’re having a great weekend! xo

  3. I’m totally with you on the “not complaining” train but worried I’ll have nothing to talk about. I guess I’ll figure something out.

  4. Thanks for sharing the party and glad that our little back yard gathering is inspiring your readers! It was a great mid winter celebration of family, friends and little ones! Hoping for more this winter!

  5. Pretty pictures. I’ll have to add “ice skating party” to my winter agenda. Luckily, Chicago has some nice free rinks, I just need to round up friends who are hardy and coordinated enough to be game. 🙂

  6. what a lovely winter wonderland! i thought it was a photo shoot as well, it reminds me of one that was in domino one year…

    it was 86 degrees and sunny here in los angeles yesterday so we are far off from an ice skating party.

    thanks for that link to the 5 regrets, i plan on sharing it with everyone!

    and count me in for a week (and hopefully longer) of no complaining. xoxo.

  7. definitely what dreams are made of! I wish it snowed more in Portland!! And I love your pact to not complain. I have to admit I do it way more than I should. I think I’m going to give it a try 🙂

  8. Oh, this makes me so homesick! My skates are sitting in my closet gathering dust {sigh}. The last skating party we had however, I think we spent more time shoveling ice off the pond than skating. But, the comraderie is half the fun!

  9. the party and photos look really gorgeous. i’m so anxious to visit maine. i’m a bit late, but will try not to complain this week. it’s going to be tough week, so it will be a challenge, but i’m not complaining ;). certainly, won’t do it just before falling a sleep. only good thoughts. xo, c

  10. This is quite possibly the BEST thing ever…and I don’t even remember how to ice skate.

    Apparently, it’s different from learning how to ride a bike, although I forgot that too. 🙂

  11. why oh why can’t we have frozen ponds for ice skating parties here in oregon?? ….well….except for last winter when we had the freak snow and the west moreland pond froze over and people were playing hockey on it. quite a funny sight :).

  12. I wish we could all have a big ice skating party together.
    I adore the five regrets thing…it’s so important to think about these things!
    I find it really difficult to say exactly what I want to people, but when I do-I *always* feel better, always.
    Thanks for the reminder to savor the moments and be true to your self. I feel lucky to have worked with you this past year and I am excited to see how this next year comes along for you, Chelsea.
    Much love and hope you have a very merry Christmas.

  13. i will join you! found this post from A Cup of Jo. i just sent out an email to my sig oth complaining about something random. shouldn’t the little communication we have during the work day be more inspired? love your idea!

  14. this is too freakin’ adorable for words. Now if we’d had the opportunity to enjoy a party like this over the holidays it would have made the family crazy a bit more tolerable – but some skiing certainly helped! I hope you made it through it all unscathed! Cheers – to a very eventful and successful 2011!

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