Keeping Up with the Joneses

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

First time down the slopes

We just got home from a great family trip to Angel Fire, NM. Sweet Emily did not make the trip with us. Instead, she got a special couple of days in Waco with Mimi and Bapa and a couple of days in SA with Sha Sha and Babs. She was thoroughly spoiled and got lots of one on one attention.

So, we road-tripped our way up to Angel Fire. We had great intentions (or crazy misconceptions) that we could make it the first night. No such luck- at 2:30 am, we pulled our sleepy selves over and stopped for the night. It was a smart move! The next morning, we woke up bright and early (as usual)and made the last several hours in no time. We got there in time to check out the condo, play in the snow, rent our skis and make a run at the grocery store.
My boys!

The boys did ski school on Saturday and loved it so much that they did it again on Sunday. So, Chris and I got TWO full days of skiing in together. It was lots of fun and Chris is an awesome skier. I felt accomplished just keeping up with him! It's funny, but the older you get, the more you really weigh the pros and cons of doing the really hard stuff- I'm kind of a scaredy cat! By day 2, I was a little more confident and would tackle some of the harder runs.

After their 2nd day of ski school, we had purchased tickets for me and boys to do the tubing. It was an absolute blast! I hope being a mom doesn't mean you don't get to do things like that because I will not be playing by that rule. I was just as excited as the kids. Chris made the sacrifice to stay at the bottom of the hill to collect the boys when they came down. Then, we would ride the Magic Carpet back to the top and do it all over again.

By the time we had our fill of tubing, it was starting to snow and ended up snowing us in that night. We made do with the food we had and snuggled up. We laughed because we could hardly make it to 9:00 at night we were so beat from the day's activities. The boys were begging for bed by 7 usually!

The next day was our last full day to be there and I really wanted to ski with the boys. We had gotten 7 inches of new snow the night before and it was pretty cold.
My car was covered!
There were 40-50 mph winds gusting but it was beautiful as it had been the past 2 days. So, we ate an early lunch and headed out to do a 1/2 day of skiing with the boys. Boy were we impressed with what they could do. Hunter even did a blue with us! Blake did awesome too! He had done a Three-Ski program that was more like daycare with an hour of ski instruction. For what he had learned, he did GREAT! Chris and I would switch off with each kid and ski for a little bit with that one. It was an ideal day! So fun to ski with your kids!

That night, we packed and got ourselves organized for a FULL day of driving home the next day. It was just a wonderful and special trip! So fun to see our boys in a new place doing something so fun that both Chris and I love. We can't wait to go back again and next time see Miss Em on the slopes. Angel Fire will never know what hit it!

1 comment:

Cyndea said...

Sounds awesome, Natalie! We can't wait to be able to do that with our kids someday! I'm glad they did so well :)