In Maine winters the evenings grow darker much earlier and a warm, toasty fire is always in order.
The cozy evenings and all of us being together again inspired some favorite pastimes. Dan is somewhat of a musical genius (no sisterly bias whatsoever) and he played while the rest of us sang songs ranging from Peter Paul and Mary to the Beatles and eventually some Nirvana and Guns n' Roses. Clay does a mean Axl Rose.
There were card games and stories read aloud. We even played a little speed scrabble, my favorite!
Times seems to move a little slower in Maine. It takes me mere moments to adjust to the more relaxed pace, but days to get back into my normal schedule once home. It was nice to take a pause and just enjoy the simple comforts of home and time with the fam.