Drew must have worn me down asking me to go other places and my excuses weren't working.
Or maybe he said Colorado and I just couldn't think through the logistics of what he was saying.
So, we booked our flights and said yes.
We purposely booked our flight later on Tuesday evening so the kids and I could do as much school as possible before we left. Monday, they got home from school and we started doing school for Tuesday. We finished all of Tuesdays work easily before our 6 o'clock flight.
I also got our house picked up and everything set out for community group that was going to be at our house while we were gone.
We're kind of a circus when we travel. 4 kids, 4 car seats, 1 stroller, 5 bags to check, and 7 carry on bags. If we didn't pay a porter to help us, we wouldn't be able to move through the airport.
A highlight of the trip is that they no longer see kids under 12 as a threat to our national security and they don't have to take their shoes off through security! Yay! I had already pulled Annika's shoes off before they told me. And! The kids didn't have to walk through the weird x-ray machine!
|I lucked out on the way there and Annika was a total daddy's girl. Meaning, Drew sat next to Kolby and Levi and held Annika. Sage and I were across the aisle.|
Our first day there, we sent the boys outside to play in the deep snow and rented our skis.
I got really anxious after dropping the boys off. I'm going to be tremendously honest here and admit that I have a large, healthy (maybe over the top) fear of anyone "helping" my boys in the bathroom. Get my drift? I hadn't thought through the layers of clothes and the time away from me. And it hit me as I stood at the bottom of this beautiful mountain, answering questions about how many times I had skied in my life. 4 or 5. 15-20 years ago. Want to learn more than the snowplow. I might have just dropped them off and something terrible could happen to them. I was fighting tears. And it wasn't just the bathroom issue, it was everything. What if they hated skiing? Would the instructors be nice? Would they be able to understand Kolby? Would he cry? Would he cry when he fell?
We had been chanting with the boys. "We're going skiing, we're going to fall down, it might hurt, we're going to get back up! It's going to be fun!" We tried to prepare them but all of the sudden, at that moment, I wanted to just be with them. Or at least be able to spy on them!
Drew and I prayed out loud, multiple times for our boys. I relaxed.
And then, we skied. And I had a blast! I thought that I would probably not really like it. I would be too cold and not very good. I wasn't awesome by any means, but I had a blast! We took it pretty slow and did the same run all day. It was so beautiful. It was actually one of the coldest, windiest days to be skiing, but it didn't matter. It was just so fun. Our lesson was from 9 - 3 with a lunch break.
At one point, we were getting on the ski lift and got to see Levi practicing on the kid hill. He made a triangle with his skis (okay, he had a thing that held the tips of his skis in a triangle) and then he rode the conveyor belt back to the top. Cutest little movie in my head ever. I wanted to shout and wave but held back. Our instructor had already informed us that was the worst thing a parent could do.
We picked the boys up and determined that everyone was tired and had a lot of fun.
|The wagons saved us at the end of a long day. It was a long walk back to the parking lot.|
|If you ever go skiing, a helmet and goggles are key. I wore them too and was so thankful for them. Mostly for warmth. I promise Levi had fun, it just doesn't look like it!|
Drew and I switched halfway through the day, so we both got to ski with Sage. I only got to do 3 runs with him and it was the last run that I realized he did way better if I was in front of him. I was so impressed with how well he did skiing! He had a blast!
The fourth day, we had an agenda. Play outside, go to Winter Park Village and play in the ice castle, and go tubing.
|Good thing I bought Annika those mittens and brought all that gear for her to walk outside for 3 minutes.|
|She wanted in this stroller so badly. It was a perfect nap.|
|The ice castle at Winter Park Village.|
|Annika on the slide!|
|Strawberry shortcake crepe.|
|Sage chose a birthday cake shake.|
|Seemed like the thing to do. Our 4 kids with the giant polar Coke bear.|
I'll have to do a separate post on the people we stayed with. That's what made it the most fun.