What a day! We are all gonna sleep well tonight. We started the day with some snow ball fights and snow man making. Ali absolutely LOVED the snow! She would go out for a bit, then come in and take a break, then head back out again. The boys played really well with her. We started making a "Snow Muskateer," but momma got her this really funny little snowball maker and it was HIT! She just loved making and throwing snowballs!
Then, my stepbrother Mark and I head off for Wolf Creek Pass. Mark didn't ski due to a shoulder injury he has, but he wanted to come along for the ride. That was GREAT because it's a little over an hour jaunt from my mom's place to the mountain through some pretty intense terrain toward the end. It was comforting having him riding shotgun since he's been up that way before and knew how to get there.
It rained and snowed the whole way there, and snowed all day long. The peak is at just under 12,000 feet, so it was pure snow up there as well as at the base. I didn't have to wait in a single line all afternoon! You could just ski right onto the lift. Meanwhile, Purgatory was sold out? Glad I missed out on those lines! I literally got in as much skiing as my body could handle, which wasn't a lot considering it's been 19 years since I last skied and I was skiing at 12,000 feet! That was ROUGH! I had a lot of trouble catching my breath. However, after saying all that, the skiing was amazing. They got 11" of snow last night and it snowed all day on top of the 80" base they already have. There was just smooth soft skiing anywhere on the mountain you wanted to be. Awesome. I am hooked again!
Skiing equipment has changed A LOT since the last time I was on a mountain! The skis are parabolic instead of straight now, well WAY more than they were in the '80's. There was a hint of that curve in my 4Ss back in the day, but NOTHING like now. Skiing long skis was the rage back in the day, and now everyone isn't even on skis, they are on snowbards. Those of us on skis are all on these short fat funny looking skis that make life SO much easier on the mountain! It really was a ton of fun even struggling with fogging goggles, bad rental boots, and poor visibility. The rental guy summed it up best, he called it "skiing by Braille!"
Ali got one of her Christmas gifts early today. It is a roll of paper to color on! It just goes, and goes, and goes. When I came home, she was coloring endless pictures with the boys. Awesome. After playing in the snow all day, and coloring all evening, she was SO HAPPY. When I came home, mommy had a relaxed, happy look on her face, and Ali's face was positively glowing. That's about all you could ask for on vacation, or on any day, right?
God is good. All the time.
Tomorrow night.... The Polar Express!
Thank you all for sharing your Bella stories. It was so nice to hear from so many of you! I know I sound like a broken record, but your comments keep us going. After going through such an ordeal with so many for so long, quite a bond has been established. I don't read many blogs other than mainly the other EB blogs, so I don't know how interactive this medium "is supposed to be," but I am so happy that it is as much as it is. Of course, I would love to see even more participation as I have sang about in so many different ways while on here, but make no mistake, I am so happy to still share our lives with you, and we are so grateful you still keep coming back. Thank you.