Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sept 14, 2011

With temperatures set to return to seasonal 70 degrees, this is probably our last swim day at the lake for the year. It was a beautiful, calm evening.
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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Cartoon cuddles

My three boys cuddling together on Saturday morning to watch cartoons.
Apparently, Toby (who just celebrated his 2nd birthday on Thursday) makes a good pillow, too.
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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Awana Games

Ben did really well with this years awana games. His team took third place, but the scores were 45-44-43! Very close! It was a good to see all the games Ben had been telling me about.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Leprechaun trap!

Here is Sam's leprechaun trap, called the Tangle-a-chaun. He has been very focused and determined about this endeavor over the past few days. In fact, this is his second trap. (The first trap involved digging a hole to place the trap in, which Mommy vetoed given how wet the ground is.)
This trap involves lots of string, sticky tape, a tiny door, a few golden things, and a light to attract the leprechaun.
Sam desperately wants to catch a leprechaun so that he can keep him and he can be Sam's "little buddy". He is so earnest and sincere about this whole thing! I am really hoping there will be a small Irish fairie in there in the morning!
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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Feb 25 20011 A Blue Bird Day

Mama got a new gadget! Especially for sharing our fun with Daddy...

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

ski day #3

Fresh powder! I just had to head up the mountain and get some!
I didn't get on the lift till 10am, rode basin express to midway, which was full of soft semi crud. It was fun to ride through it, at the end I cut up onto starfish and found fresh patches. It was right about then that the perma-smile started!

Next I headed up the great escape and down to loophole loop. The great divide was ok this time, but got worse each time I went. That's the price you pay, I suppose. I skied loophole 3 times in a row! I was able to make fresh tracks and I felt like I was *floating* down every time. It was amazing. And even though I practically had to jog on the cat track back to the lift, that run was worth it. Perfect conditions for me to practice bouncing through powder!
I went to the backside via Vagabon, rode Stella up, got a wild hair and went down Kathy's yard sale!!!

Maybe not the best day to try it for the first time, but I made it down. The standard was knee deep powder with mid-thigh deeps in between the bumps.

 I am so glad I didn't lose a ski! It was beautiful in there with the trees, and the sun was shining (can you see my shadow in the picture?). I got down 2/3 of the run then cut over to Zip Down. That one was pretty cut up, but still soft over all.
So my stats for the day were:
7 Runs, 12.77 miles, 27 mph max speed, 10,161 ft of vertical. All in 1.5 hours!

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Monday, February 21, 2011

ski day #2

Presidents Day... the mountain was busy, and so were we!

The boys and I went up to ski TOGETHER! I was so glad I would be able to ski with my boys and have them show me their favorite places and runs.
We started with a warm up run down Lower Sam's Alley, to the terrain park off Midway, then down Primetime. (Ben and Sam hit every little bump, jump, and trail through the trees available on our way!)
Next, we headed up the Great Escape and decided to head out to the T-bar. It was fun to ride the T-bar behind the boys and watch them talking and looking back and waving at me. The t-bar took us out to the very perimeter of the backside and Little Blue Ridge Run. The conditions were great, we had a bit of sunshine, and it was a terrific run to just follow behind the boys. That took us to Stella, and we went up and over to the opposite side of the backside and skied Springboard. Again, loved it! Good conditions and so fun to watch the kids.
Stella back to the top and then back to the front side to meet up with the Hausers, who were up for the day. Sam hung out with Tommy and his dad, while Ben and I skied with Richie a few runs on the front. 
We took a break for lunch and then went over to the backside. The weather had deteiorated and the ride across the ridge wasn't too fun, but we made it. We took Vagabon down to Stella and then had time to do 2 runs down Cathedral Aisle before heading back to the front and calling it a day.

Here are our stats for the day:
Ben 20 miles
Jenni 17 miles
Sam 10 miles

What a day!