For the last five days we have enjoyed life in the mountains, and later this morning we will head back down to rejoin our family and friends in various Christmas festivities.
It has been wonderful to sneak in a vacation in the midst of the Christmas chaos. (Though it does beg the question, if there is a washing machine and dryer is it still considered a vacation for the mom? Don’t answer that.) I was a bit overwhelmed last week as I frantically shopped, wrapped and got everything ‘ready’ for Christmas while also packing everyone up so we could head out of town. I finally came to the conclusion that prepared or not, we are ready for Christmas. No last minute gift shopping for me (unless of course there is something on my list that can be picked up at the mini-mart down the highway.)
But for now we are loving our time spent in a winter wonderland. Henry managed to say it best (again) during any tense or stressful moment we may have encountered in the last few busy holiday weeks telling me “just take a deep breath mom.” (I’m not sure where he comes up with this stuff.) But the last five days have been just that – a deep breath.
Alex and Henry started the vacation off with a successful day on the ski slopes. Henry considers himself a professional now that he has officially kicked-off his second ski season and doesn’t bat an eye when riding up the “big chair.”
Charlie and I managed to stay warm by spending time playing inside near the cozy fire and hanging out with my brother Andy. We ventured out a couple of times, though I don’t think Charlie is a big fan of o degree weather.
Is there anything cuter than a baby in overalls? Perhaps a dancing baby in overalls?
When he hasn’t been skiing, Henry has taken advantage of the knee-deep snow, and his “vacation mode” mama, who relaxed the TV rules for a few days.
On his last day on the mountain, Alex had the ski opportunity of a lifetime. He spent the morning skiing and taking a lesson from Olympic gold and silver medalist skiers Phil and Steve Mahre. I’d say it was a pretty good way to wrap up a vacation.
While I didn’t ski, I can’t complain. I’m not much for ‘just relaxing’ and ‘not doing much’ (good for life with little ones, not so compatible with vacation life) which explains the multiple blog posts in the last few days and the fact that we won’t come home with one stitch of dirty laundry. However, it’s pretty safe to say that I’ve been enjoying the view while drinking my morning coffee.
And I’m thankful that we will come home refreshed and ready to celebrate Christmas – for all of the right reasons. That’s a breath of fresh air.