Our First Christmas, on Hurricane Bay December 27, 2014

As they say, Home is where the heart is.

This was our first Christmas, celebrated in the home we’re restoring on Lake Tahoe. If you’re looking for beautifully finished rooms, this is not the place! Not one room is finished, but we relished the chance to spend time with our son and daughter.

We sat around the fire and offered support and encouragement to Andrew, who’s going through a divorce. Thankfully, there are no children involved.

Betsy surprised us with the good news that she’ll be able to graduate with her class, at West Point, on May 23rd, despite some schedule set-backs, after a rugby injury at school. She’s so excited about what lies ahead; especially how she won’t be sharing a dorm room any longer, after graduation!

Andrew and Bob cut the Christmas tree, while Betsy and I offered supervision and moral support!

The kids helped me finish painting the last four dining room chairs, painted in slightly different shades of gray and green, Amy Howard One-Step paint. Andrew seemed to enjoy the process, while Betsy informed me that furniture painting wasn’t her favorite activity!


Andrew got to wear Bob’s homeless painting ensemble and his best gift to me, was a clean shaven face!


Before the kids arrived, I painted a vintage brass and milk glass light fixture.


I painted it in One-Step Graphite, in the same color as the twin beds.


I haven’t brought any of the duvet covers or bed skirts up, because of the dust. The wood floors should be installed upstairs, in the next couple of weeks, when more dust will be flying.

Bob’s doing a lot of the work himself, when possible. It’s not the fastest alternative, but he loves doing it and the price is right!


We’ve seen all sorts of weather, from rain to snow to sun, over the last two weeks. It’s all beautiful! Today, it’s sunny and 37 degrees at almost 2 p.m.


I made two pies this last week (cheated, using the roll out crust from the store), along with a pan of blondies and a bunch of my “world famous” chocolate chip, coconut, oatmeal cookies. Maybe this explains why I feel like I could deliver twins, any day!

Best of all, I’ve gotten wonderful hugs and a have had plenty of time to nurture, listen and care for our two kids, who really aren’t kids anymore.

I hope you’ve found some perfection, in this imperfect world.
Best to your and yours!

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  1. Donnamae on December 28, 2014 at 6:40 am

    So happy you got to be all together! My son and DIL came home from Japan, so with my two other sons, we are all together too…first time in 4 years! That was my Christmas present. Love your ” new” home…it is perfect….and what a view! Happy New Year from our family to yours! 😉

  2. Valerie on December 28, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Love seeing all your pictures of your new place in Tahoe. And how wonderful that you had your kids there too!

  3. Kathy on December 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    What a beautiful family. Christmas is such a magical time . I wish it could last all year. Your new home looks so beautiful and I love what you have done thus far. It looks cozy and elegant at the same time. Wow, can’t imagine anyone letting Andrew go-handsome !
    Happy New Year and hugs,

  4. South Shore Decorating Blog on December 29, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Barbara, what a beautiful family Christmas. I’m sorry to hear that Andrew is going through that rough time, but with a strong family like yours I’m sure he will come through alright. Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. Shirley@housepitalitydesigns on December 29, 2014 at 11:52 am

    So wonderful to have spent your Christmas at the Lake House….congrats to your daughter for her tremendous accomplishment and hope that your son makes it through his rough journey…but with the love and support of his family, I am sure he will…..I wish you a most happy and healthy New Year!!!
    Loved the pics of the house and family!

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