Archive for December, 2008

skiing update and a few other things

Posted: December 31, 2008 in vacation
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Once again my kids have surprised me.  they did so well in ski school yesterday that they got to hit the real slopes and ride the ski lift to the top of the bunny slopes.  Today they are going with their Daddy and Grumpy for some real skiing.

While the kids were mastering the slopes I did some retail therapy with my mother and sister in law.  I did some serious damage at the locl bead shop and picked up lots of cheesy souvenirs for my scrapbook and for my friends back home.

The weather was in the thirties so we got to see the not so pretty side of snow…ice and slush…ick! 

We ate at this adorable little diner called The Motherloader.  It was billed as the best and worst of American cuisine.  We had yummy potato chip nachos with cheez whiz, bacon bits and sourcream.   I also had fried pickles and a friend chicken and beet salad.  I could feel my arteries hardening!

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"Not-chos"

"Not-chos"

I also took some time to do some beading for my mother in laws Christmas present.  Iknow it’;s late, but it my defense.  She wanted it made with some venetian glass beads that I had to order from overseas.  I took advantage of the beautiful scenery here to take some pics of the pieces in the snow.

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Breckenridge cont

Posted: December 30, 2008 in vacation

I promised myself I’d blog every day of our vacation but it just seems to have gotten away from me so this is going to be a catch up post.

Madison and Tyler with their ski instructor

Madison and Tyler with their ski instructor

On Sunday the kids went to ski school.  We dropped them off early in the morning.  I’m not going to lie, I was very nervous leaving them.  Especially to do something they’ve never tried that I consider kind of dangerous.    I’ve never seen myself as an overprotective parent but then again, in our everyday life I rarely leave them with strangers.  After meeting some of the ski instructors I felt a little better.  They all seemed very kind and patient.  We got to the slopes a little early to  pick them up so we could watch them.  They were adorable with their skis all bundled up.  The school  had a pretty cool setup.  There was a little conveyor belt that the kids stood on to take them to the top of the hill.  Then they skiid down with the help of instructors.  neither kid really learned how to slow themselves down or stop so they came whipping don the hill and had to be stopped by the instuctors.  Their instrcutor later told me they were speed demons.  Madison absolutely loved skiing.  She made new friends and said going down the slopes was like a roller coaster.  For a cautious kid she sure loves speed.  We always consider Madison the least athletic kid in our family but she took to winter sports like a fish to water.  Tyler on the other hand was a little more lukewarm in his appreciation for skiing.  He’s in this stage where he is impatient with anything he isn’t immediately good at.  Hopefully he’ll outgrow that annoying little trait.  In addition,  his face is really chapped from the cold and he’s pretty uncomfortable.  He did agree to go back for another day of ski school so he couldn’t have been that uncomfortable.

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Yesterday we took the kids sledding at Edwin Carter park.  Santa Claus brought them red, metal saucers.  They weather was practically balmy at 40 degrees.  All three kids had a great time but once again, super cautious mom reared her head and I was terrified.  They came whipping down the hill at mock speed without any effective way of stopping if anyone was in their way.  Madison preffered to sit on her saucer.  She was the fastest of all the kids.  Which meant she had the least control.  The look of happiness onher face was absolutely priceless.  At one point she slammed into the gate on the edge of the hill.  I expected tears and the end of sledding for the day but she just laughed.  About an hour into sledding she ran into another kid and jammed her thumb between her saucer and the other kids.  That was pretty much the end of that.  Tyler started out sitting on his saucer but didn’t like that he couldn’t slow down.  He soon decided to lie down on his sled so he could dig in his feet and have a little more control.  He hooked up with some older daredevil boys who had him doing all kinds of crazy tricks. 

My nephew Lukas was the most cautious of tall the kids.  he came down the slopes with his arms and legs digging into the snow so he crept down the hill at a snail’s pace.

The hill was pretty crowded and most of the kids and parents were pretty considerate of each other with the exception of one woman with a really fancy camera.  She was so caught up taking pics of her kids that she was totally unaware of the kids careening down the mountain.  At one point Madison was heading right for her.  She looked up and saw her and still went back to her photo taking, causing Madison to slam into her.  WTF, she didn’t even apologize or check if she was ok.   I was going to march over and give her a piece of my mind but my bil talked me down.  I did notice that she did the same thing with several other kids throughout the day.  Don’t get me wrong, I was intently taking pictures myself but I was always aware of the kids around me.

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After skiing I thought the kids would pass out from exhaustion.  they must have trudged up that mouthain 40 times dragging their saucers behind them.  I was wrong.  Tyler went in the hot tub and Madison and Lukas spent hours outside building a snow fort with Uncle Matt.  By the time bed time rolled around they passed out.

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Madison building a snow fort

Madison building a snow fort

Lukas and Matt building their snowfort

Lukas and Matt building their snowfort

Tomorrow they have another big day at ski school.   This time their cousin lukas is going with them.  Can’t wait to see how they improve and whether their opinion of skiing remains the same.    I am going ton town to shop with my mother and sister in law.  Luckily the weather has “warmed” up.  it may hit 30 today.  Funny, 30 in florida is freezing but here it feels perfect.

Colorado day 2-Breckenridge photos

Posted: December 28, 2008 in vacation

Here’s some of the pics I took today.  Sorry the all turned every which way.  This crazy computer doesn’t have a photo editting program.  Click on images to enlarge.  Enjoy

Hope everyone had a very merry Christmas.  Here’s a sketch to get you into the scrapping mood.

 

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Based on this layout

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Colorado day 2-Breckenridge

Posted: December 27, 2008 in Uncategorized

We finally got up into the mountains today and I think the title of this post should be underestimated.  That’s exactly the word that went through my mind about 12 times.  I’ll add the pics in a separate post. 

First I underestimated how dangerous driving into the mountains can be.  I wasn’t driving but it was scary enough from the backseat.  things weren’t too bad until we hit the higher elevations and white out conditions.  The sheer drop offs so close to the road and the towering red rocks gave me plenty of opportunities to ponder my own mortality and that of my children. 

I also underestimated exactly how cold sub zero temperatures really are.  Usually I don’t mind the cold but it wasn’t a matter of just dealing with it.  At one point I took off my gloves to faciitate picture taking.  After about ten minutes I felt muscle deep pain.  Not just cold but searing pain.  It got worse after I went inside and began to thaw.   It was definitely a not so pleasant introduction to the dangers of cold weather.

One of the things I really underestimated was the majestic beauty of the scenery.  Scenic, breathtaking, spectacualr…none of these words really express how truly beautiful newly fallen, pristine snow really is.  I took a million pictures that just don’t do it justice.  I feel like a yong child meeting Mickey Mouse for the first time.  I just keep wandering from window to window staring at the icicles and snow topped trees….amazing.  I think the family thinks I’ve lost my mind because I keep gushing about the snow.  Do you know that it really sparkles in the sun.  I thought northerners just made that up to make us southern types jealous.

Underestimation #4–Living in the mountains is seriously inconvenient.  You can’t just walk outside for a breath of fresh air, you have to put on two pairs of pants, a heavy jacket, thick socks, gloveves, hat, mittens, etc.  By the time you get all that crap on your forget why you wanted to go out in the first place.  I don’t know how people do it, day in, day out. 

Underestimation #5–a little thing know as hig altitude sickness.  What I like to call I feel like shit and it sucks.  Apparently symptoms include shortness of breathand headaches which I expected.  What I didn’t expect was the nausea and inability to sleep.  Not fun.  Hopefully I’ll get acclimated pretty quickly. 

Underestimation #6–how misleading the depth of snow can be.  I decided to walk from the back yard to the front and found myself up to my waist in powder.  After panicing and flailing a bit I was able to backtrack and work myself out but I did not love the feeling of helplessness.  Now I know not to go out by myself.  If I had stepped in over my head I don’t know what I’d do.

Colorado vacation day 1

Posted: December 26, 2008 in everyday life

Well, after a fairly uneventful plane ride we arrived in Denver last night.  I have to say Southwest rocks.  The pilot got us to Denver a half hour early and the male flight attendant was hilarious over the PA.  He had us all cracking up with his witty quips.  At the end of the flight he even sang  and told us jokes.  It was a fun start to our vacation.

We decided to stay in Denver overnight rather than drive our southern buts up the mountains in the dark.  Denver is surprisingly warm.  It’s 39 degrees this morning but the bitterly cold makes it pretty uncomfortable.  Tyler keeps looking at the dirty drifts of snow on the side of the road and begging to play in it.  I keep trying to tell my poor tropical sun to wait until we hit the mountains.  He’ll have fresh snow up the wazoo.  I am so excited to see their reaction to fresh snow.  They just had a huge snowstorm up here so there should be plenty of virgin powder.  There’s also plenty of snow in the forecast.  I don’t know who’s more excited, me or the kids.

We’re off!

Posted: December 25, 2008 in Uncategorized

After a hectic morning of opening gifts we’re off to Breckenridge for a chilly ski holiday.  I broke my leg skiing in college so I’ll probably be enjoying cocoa in the ski lodge but the kids are going to have their first taste of skiing and snow.  I am so excited to see their faces when the white stuff drops from the sky.  the forecast in colorado is for snow the next few days and temps in the teens  (brrrr).  I have my laptop with me so I’ll be able to blog on the fly.  I am looking forward to finally having snow pics of my own to post.  

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas day!

Breckenridge 10 day forecast

Today
Dec 25

Snow
Snow

25°
17°

80%

25°F

 

Fri
Dec 26

Snow
Snow

16°
-5°

80%

 

Sat
Dec 27

Few Snow Showers
Few Snow Showers

10°

30%

 

10°F

 

Sun
Dec 28

Few Snow Showers
Few Snow Showers

26°
13°

30%

 

26°F

 

Mon
Dec 29

Mostly Sunny
Mostly Sunny

30°
14°

10%

 

30°F

 

Tue
Dec 30

Mostly Sunny
Mostly Sunny

27°
11°

10%

 

27°F

 

Wed
Dec 31

Few Snow Showers
Few Snow Showers

25°
13°

30%

 

25°F

 

Thu
Jan 1

Snow Shower
Snow Shower

24°
10°

60%

 

24°F