A really big deal.

We spent the long weekend at White Pass skiing with friends.

There were plenty of firsts.

::  Henry skied everywhere and fast.  There were times when I could barely keep up with him on the slopes.  He also clocked in four days straight on the hill.

::  Alex and I skied together.  Just the two of us, for an entire afternoon.  This may not have been an official *first* but it was the first time its happened in a long time.

::  Charlie and William discovered sledding.  They loved it.  Especially Charlie.  I think he’s a bit of an adrenaline junkie.

But the really big first?

Look who went skiing…

Charlie!

And we think its a really big deal.

Getting all geared up.

Henry was proud to be passing down all of his old ski gear; his helmet, boots, skis, coat pants, mittens…

{Everything looks orange!}

{Signing *help* while putting on his skis}


Henry and I cheered from the sidelines as Alex and Charlie took to the slopes.

Isn’t he the cutest thing you have ever seen?

I obviously couldn’t get enough.

See the big smile on his face?

This was a really big deal for many reasons besides the *obvious* reason.  For one thing, Charlie has always hated the cold.  To him cold weather = misery.  But with the right gear, our little guy was ready to give some winter sports a try.  Initially we weren’t sure if Charlie would be strong enough to handle the skis {because of his low muscle tone} but he seemed to handle the bulky and heavy boots and skis like any other young skier.  We were also realistic about our expectations.  We want skiing to be a fun thing for Charlie but also know that he might tire easily, get cold quickly, etc.  That said, we made a big stinkin’ deal during his maybe 30 minutes total on the mountain and called it a success.

He also let us know when he was finished.  And we listened.

We’re pretty darn proud of our little guy.

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14 thoughts on “A really big deal.

  1. How exciting to see Charlie skiing!! That’s so exciting to see Henry proud to pass down his gear, too. What a good big brother. :) I hope that he enjoys it & asks to go back again soon.

  2. That rocks! Way to go Henry and Charlie…and mom and dad for not being afraid to put Charlie on skis! I love the last photo, too cute.

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