new year’s day / exploring the connecticut river valley

January 2, 2019

There’s something magical about New Year’s Day.

Well—there isn’t really, but it feels that way. I have a penchant for getting excited about anniversaries and milestones. But to me they’re never about celebrating what’s been accomplished or completed. For me, the feeling is wrapped up in the romanticized idea of a clean slate.

I know it isn’t really a clean slate: the bills will be waiting to be paid as usual, the baby will cry in the middle of the night, and the car will still be making that funny noise. The world will keep turning and all of my problems will still be my problems and nothing will truly reset the way I like to fantasize it will.

But I truly believe that mindset is important, and on New Year’s Day, my mind is at ease. Each year I wake up with a fresh outlook, ready to begin another lap around the sun, and this year I wanted to do something nice with my little family to start the year off right. So after some breakfast and playtime, we jumped in the car and headed out on a little mini road trip to explore the Connecticut River Valley for the day. It ended up being a beautiful day, and the sky must have changed about a hundred times on our little journey. There’s nothing quite like those winter sunrises that seem to last the whole day through.

Here are some pictures from our day, and here’s to hoping everyone had as relaxing and enjoyable a start to the year as we did.

Cheers to a happy, healthy 2019!


a sleepy baby rubs his eyes in his car seat on a road trip, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
a sleepy baby rubs his eyes in his car seat on a road trip, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
detail of two dunkin donuts coffee cups in the cupholders of a jeep on a road trip, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
view through a side view mirror of the clouds breaking into blue sky on the highway, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
a traditional white church with steeple in new england, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
a church steeple against a dark, cloudy, winter sky in connecticut, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
goodspeed opera house in east haddam, connecticut under a dramatic cloudy winter sky, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
goodspeed opera house in east haddam, connecticut under a dramatic cloudy winter sky, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
dock at the goodspeed opera house in east haddam, connecticut during the winter, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
a dad holds his son on the dock at the goodspeed opera house in east haddam, connecticut during the winter, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
a dad holds his son on the dock at the goodspeed opera house in east haddam, connecticut during the winter, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
portrait of a dad with his young son at the goodspeed opera house in east haddam, connecticut, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
dock at the goodspeed opera house in east haddam, connecticut during the winter, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
landscape with dramatic clouds over the water in connecticut during the winter, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
an old appliance repair shop in connecticut with a lit up santa and snowman in the window, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
a road leads to a traditional white church with steeple in new england, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
cows graze in a meadow during winter in new england, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
landscape with blue sky and clouds over a field with water and bare winter trees in connecticut, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
a dad carries his baby into a seafood restaurant in connecticut, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
interior of a seafood restaurant in connecticut, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
a baby boy drinks his bottle in a restaurant, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
an orange and gray winter sky over the water in the connecticut river valley, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
landscape with a lighthouse on a gray winter day in old saybrook, connecticut, photographed by jamie bannon photography.

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