I picked the kids up at 8 from piano and then we were headed up the hill by 8:30. It was such a beautiful day as you can see from the pictures. McCall ditched her coat after the first run and Parker and Carson soon followed her lead. It was so much fun going with good friends too! Here is a picture of my sweet friends Leanne and Tammi. They were really good sports because they had to wait for the girl with 3 kids (me!)
My other good friend Denise had left earlier and dropped Carson off at ski school for me (I have really nice friends). We checked on him when we got there and then headed up the lift.
I must admit the first run was ROUGH! Because it was so warm we decided to head up to the backside of the mountain where there was more shade and less slush. Unfortunately, it was a very long way up and an even longer way down when you are skiing with a child who has poorly fitting bindings. Poor Parker, he started down the slopes with the best of intentions, but as soon as he would take a bump or try a turn his ski's would pop off! It was lovely. Before I knew it was his bindings, I was thinking WOW this is going to be a really LONG day! He was falling all over the place and getting really frustrated. I couldn't figure out why he was so much worse than the year before. The worst part was when I would try to help him get up. I would tell him to try harder and he interpreted this as grunt louder. AHHH! He thinks he is moving his body, but he is really just grunting and not moving anything. This made me so frustrated and I had to use every ounce of patience to explain that grunting louder isn't working harder and it only makes it harder for mommy because I want to scream!!!! After we came to an understanding over the grunting issue I was more patient. I did feel really bad for him when I remembered that Mark had told me that morning to bring a screw driver with me in case I needed to adjust his bindings. Oops. We finally made it to the bottom and the guy in the rental hut took pity on me and adjusted his bindings for me. After that it was smooth sailing, not a single fall!
The kids were excited to have their good friends the Millett's there to ski with and boy did they have fun. There was lots of exploring and races going on the mountain that day.
I did have to establish a few rules after we ended up going off the beaten path two different times. I had to explain what those little "stay on the trail" signs are important and that because I weigh 10 times as much as they do I sink in the snow when we make our own trails (not fun). Not to mention it freaks me out making our own trails through trees because I'm not a good skier and not as adventurous as they are. McCall had a permanent smile on her face the entire day.
Even when she went down the wrong side of the trail when we were trying to get to another trail and she had to back track up the mountain.
I knew they were having a lot of fun when they opted to skip lunch and just keep skiing instead. These two have so much fun together.
Here we are at the bottom of one of the runs. I think I look a little bit like a carrot with that hat on.
Carson had a great day at ski school, but was SUPER sad when we didn't get there early enough to check him out to go skiing with us. We had some tears, lots of tears, but the promise of another ski day in the very near future dried them up.