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Monday, March 8, 2010

Skiing!

We were supposed to be going off to ski on E's birthday, but we called the mountain (big hill) and discovered it was pretty busy because schools were on break. So being selfish people who wanted the whole mountain to ourselves, we nixed our plans.
We did get there eventually and did have the whole place to ourselves!
First we rented the equipment.
 Only the kids skied this time. We just were happy to watch them. Plus we weren't sure if they would bail, or if only one or two would be interested at this time, and all that's easier to deal with no ski's!
 We signed up for a lesson.  The kids seem to get frustrated when trying new things ( of course!), but they tend to give up and get angry quickly with us, and I know it's because they are very comfortable using all of their emotions safely with us. And I love that. When they work with "strangers" they really seem to persevere a bit longer. At the end of their lesson, they will usually tell us if they hated it or not.
 If they hated it, we stop. If not, what usually seems to happen is that once the kids have the basic skills, they usually say they no longer want the lessons, and then we just move on together. It's a weird thing, but somehow that is what works.
  So anyhow, they fell

 got back up
They practiced stopping

and going
 M did pretty well, and was feeling confident, so she took a ride up
and even though she said the hill looked so big, she bit the bullet and did it!
Down she came with a HUGE grin on that sweet face!
 K was grumpy, so he just wasn't into it, he says he will try it again next year. So that is great.
E was hot and cold, I am not sure if he wants to do it again this year, or not...
But M wants to go again. BUT it seems to have gotten suddenly warm, which is beyond awesome, but not so much for skiing.
 So we'll see!
 Anyway, it was a lovely time, and we ended it with a great meal out together.

It was one of those days where you just feel perfectly happy!

2 comments:

Stephanie said...

Eric and his mom were talking about children and skiing the other day - much like what you were saying here. :)
Trev is passing this year...not too interested! Eric thinks lessons would help.

Shel said...

We were hoping to get Grace on skis this year. Dave is a big skier (think mougles) and I am not (think lodge dweller) so I am hoping that by trying it earlier rather than later will give Dave some skiing companions, since Lord knows its not me! This year has however, passed us by, and she still has not been on skis, so we'll add it to our to do list for next winter.