"If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day." — E.B. White

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Frigid family fun

It was warm n fostered bonding.
It was freezing and fostered drinking.
Just kidding.
My super lovely and generous mother treated us to a quick family ski trip at Wisp.
We all loved it and wished for more time together.
And more sunshine on the slopes.

Here we are trying to smile.
Kinda hard when our faces don't work.

It really felt like a Saturday Night Live or Monty Python skit.
After becoming frozen to the ski lift seats on the ride up (somewhat sheltered by the tall trees), you'd get off and feel like someone just threw a whole box of snow in your face
and turned on the wind machines. Truly, it sucked my breath right outta me several times.

But we were always smiling by the bottom of the runs!

Even the steeper blue slope where dear Uncle Ben had to ski Sarah down between his legs!

 The poor Farmer had elected not to ski while recovering from a shoulder rotator cuff injury earlier in the season when he slipped on the horse trailer ramp. 
(We've taken to calling him Bob Dole with his arm crossed over his chest!)
Instead of skiing he schlepped us and all our gear back in forth from slopes to cabin. 
He even bought some great tire chains to aid our pathetic VW in the snow. 
Farfegnugen my hat! That car is awful in snow!

But inside the cute cabin was very warm n snuggly!

 And on our last day the sun decided to appear.

Probably inspired by this twinkly lady!

My Grandma Cherie who we met for lunch on the way home!
She's nearly 95 and so bright and loving.
The perfect ending to our family trip.

Our running joke at the top of the slopes had been; 
"we're too old to need more character building so this must be fun. Right?!?"

It was!


Vintage Country Girl said...

It LOOKS cold! That's one thing I've never done...ski, but it looks fun. What a great thing for your kids to know. Glad you had fun!

Lisa Tucker said...

I laughed out loud at the first picture when you said "Here we are trying to smile....Kind of hard when your faces don't work"...lol Sounds like a wonderful trip with the best memories. I kind of love it when things don't go exactly right...because that makes the most memorable times...:)

Mary Jo Deering said...

Grandma JoJo had the best time of all! What could be better than having your kids and grandkids around, enjoying each other. Having frozen fingers and cheeks seems like a small price to pay :-) Love to my darling daughter and thanks for her wonderful blog! Mom/JoJo

Lori O'Brien Photography said...

We haven't hit the slopes in years but the most memorable moments were around the lodge fireplace and soaking in the HOT TUB!! : )
Wonderful that your kids have such a fun and close family!!

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Lori Skoog said...

You described your ski outing very well. When our daughters were the age of your kids they used to ski without poles...looks like yours do too.

I've been getting comments from others who also knew Nuno and have heard of Abdullah. Both were classics. Thanks for tuning in.

Jen Kershner said...

It looks so fun but I'm always so torn about the idea of actually doing it myself. Fear of death and dismemberment coupled with not being a big fan of frostbite keep me from trying!

Flat Creek Farm said...

Looks like fun!! The family photos are great, and Grandma Cherie looks like a keeper to me ♥ What a sweet, fun-filled, yet chilllly trip. Thank you for sharing it with us!! -Tammy

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