Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Ski Trip

Jeff has taken the older kids with lots of members of his family up to a ski resort for the last couple years.  I chose to stay home with the little ones, and to tell you the truth, I loved the quiet time.  This year I was “forced” to go…because I always have to be forced to leave my warm, safe, predictable home.  I haven’t skied in more than 15 or so years, and I couldn’t believe that, in spite of what Jeff said, Andrew and Patrick would be able to ski as well.

I was shocked at our success.  All my bones are in tact, and I didn’t fall once.  I kept up with the older kids, except for Isaac, who at 16, was way too fast and daring for me.  

Patrick, who just turned 3, stood up on those skis for the first time and could get enough of it.  He would scream bloody murder if Jeff tried to slow him down…the need for speed is in his blood, and let me tell you, it was quite funny.  We finally bought one of those leashy things, because he’d throw such a fit about not being able to keep up with the older kids.  He would point to the highest hills and say, “ME, ME!!!”  He’d have a huge smile going down the big hills, and let out a scream for faster!, faster!

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Andrew was nervous about the trip too, and wasn’t sure he could do it.  He was a natural!
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I had so much fun skiing with this gang on Saturday.  They took me down some nice, kind, relaxing runs.025
Here’s about 1/2 of us…053
Isaac and his snowboard.
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It was so peaceful up on top.

21 comments :

  1. You are the awesomest Mom ever! I'm so glad you came home intact. Skiing is not for the weak. Looks like it was a blast. And Patrick?? Impressive.

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  2. Looks like a great trip! I grew up skiing on small midwestern mountains in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with my brothers and parents. That trip was always the highlight of the winter.

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  3. that is so awesome! i'm glad you did it!! and yes, you totally created memories with your kids of being a rad mom who ski's!! they will always remember! (except maybe patrick!)

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  4. Looks like everyone had an amazing time and you got some priceless photos. Very cute.

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  5. Love your photos! (I hope you plan on scrapbooking those!) I am so the same when it comes to staying home and skipping all the craziness...but I do worry sometimes that I miss out on the fun...so maybe next time a chance to go or stay comes along...I'll remember your post and GO!

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  6. OH you and I are alike and are homebodys...but we do miss out on a lot of adventure and life! I too love to ski and haven't REALLY been in 10 years. Next winter my goal is to do a full day or two WITH my kiddos who haven't ever been!

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  7. what an adventure! good for you to step out of your comfort zone and let your little birdies FLY!

    Cheers!
    ~h

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  8. I also prefer staying at home. It takes a bit of a nudge to get me out there. So glad your nudge worked and you had a fantastic time. Your kids are impressive with their skills!

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  9. I fear I miss out on a ton of fun...because it is just safer to stay home....where it's warm and cozy :) I've only skiied two times...the first time...at night...it was icey...and I ended up sitting my bootie down until they came and got me in a snowmobile...(was the first time I went on a trip with my boyfriend/now hubby) I thought for sure he would dump me after that trip...but he hung around...I'm so glad he did :) This trip of yours has brought new life to me and I think we'll have to take the boys ;) Thanks Sarah! Once again, you inspire me in so many ways ;)

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  10. Oooh, Sarah, you are BRAVE! I am too scared to learn to ski - a feeling clinched this weekend when a friend of ours (persuaded by his wife and daughter) tried for the first time and broke his tibia! So kudos to you! I, however, will not be pried from the warm safety of my home!

    p.s. I think Andrew needs a different hat. Preferably one with a large "O" on it... ;)

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  11. So glad you took the plunge! I think I'm ready now, too. It's just such an expensive sport! I told the youngest kids they will get to enjoy more hobbies with us cuz we'll have more money to do it with just them!

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  12. I hardly go anywhere for at least the first year of a new baby's life! I miss out on so much! Good for you for getting out there and enjoying life with your family!!

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  13. such fun you had....I'm with you, I like to stay home and hunker down...but you actually made skiing sound like something I might want to reconsider if the family ever hounds me to go.

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  14. sarah. we must have just missed each other. :) patrick is such a little trooper....i wish we would have used one of those harness things. glad you had such a great time! :)

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  15. I'm only telling you this because you are safe and sound back in your cozy little home now, but if you can even imagine, the first year we took Elizabeth skiing (she was four) she fell off the lift when she exited too early and rolled down the mountain! She was fine, and thankfully with her dad at the time and not me, because I almost died of a heart attack just hearing about it after the fact even though I knew she was fine! Glad you had so much fun. Come to Utah to ski the next time!

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  16. great pictures!!! this is the first year that all of my family has been skiing all together...and i get so excited...it really is so much fun to all be out there!!! i can so relate to your "mother's worries" I never had all these anxieties when i skied as a teenager....now i worry about the chairlift, the other skiers, the woods! but its all worth it...when we get to the bottom and they yell, "again!"

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  17. Sarah~it looks like so much fun! There really isn't anything better when you get up in those mountains...and with your whole family?? So neat.

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  18. That is awesome that you went! I know it is so easy to stay at home, but it is so much fun to do something fun and exciting too!

    Looks like everyone had a blast!

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  19. Yahoo for you Sarah! We are a ski family and are lucky to have our ski hill just 10 mins away! After 25 years of skiing, I fell off the lift this year! So did a good friend, it was very slippery and fortunately neither of us were hurt. (Just our egos!) Here are two posts I wrote about skiing:

    http://cathymarquardt.blogspot.com/2011/01/big-air-2011.html

    and

    http://cathymarquardt.blogspot.com/2010/02/carnival-weekend.html

    I am proud of you for skiing! It is an awesome family sport! Glad you will be going again next year:) hugs, Cathy

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  20. btw, I am with Jenny. a new hat with another Big Ten school like Michigan State or Ohio State! just sayin!

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