i’m linking up my phone pics with jeannett again! if you’re on instagram, i’m thepleatedpoppy.
after our flu-filled week last week, we decided this week would be our attempt at a do-over. praise the Lord – it was!
with only one day home after our christmas travels, we did our laundry and repacked our bags, woke up at 2am and headed north to bend, oregon. some of our oldest friends live there with their crew of kids. we usually visit in the summer, but we needed to get our fill of snow.
the kids were awesome on the drive. after 14 hours in the car, the kids said it only felt like 1! thank you audio books and movies!
ahhh, my love. he drove almost the entire time. he is such a giver. my favorite of all time ever.
we had snow a lot of our drive, but thankfully the roads were clear. until this stretch. thick slippery ice. yuck. super slow going, but at least the view was beautiful! on this same stretch on our way home we had to wait for over an hour while 2 separate semi trucks were jack-knifed.
after a small embroidery project in the car, i went back to my 4th grade roots and made a little friendship bracelet. after a couple missteps on my first try, i found this tutorial that reminded me to do double knots, then it all came back to me!
sean is super dad. every night he gets the kids down while i start work.
home or away, he falls asleep with a book on his head. this time he had a death grip on it and wouldn’t let me take it off!
mt. bachelor is only about 30 minutes from our friends’ house, and they have a free bunny slope. how awesome is that?! we borrowed snow clothes from friends and our oregon friends gathered boards and boots for the kids (sean and i had our own) and we hit the slopes.
after not being on a board in over 10 years (pre-kids), i was surprised how quickly it came back. and all of my kids took to it quickly, too!
yes it was cold (one day as low as 4*!), but it was so pretty! i grew up in the mountains, getting some snow in the winter, and i do miss it.
new year’s eve was so fun. just a couple families, a gang of kids, and just dance on the wii. these girls have known each other since they were in utero, and fall back in love with each other every time they see each other – its precious.
these boys have known each other since childhood and fall back in love with each other, too ;)
we took a break from boarding to go sledding. the dad’s scouted out a great location at a golf course – it had the perfect hills for us!
i thought snow angels would be fun… until i smacked my head hard on the snow. i was reminded of my dumb choice the next day when i was hit in the back of the head with the chairlift… i’m not so graceful.
we needed this week. it was amazing.
it turns out i’m not a great snowboard instructor, so i did better with silas than the girls, since he caught on so quickly and didn’t really need much instruction.
the time on the lifts was a great way to connect and enjoy the funny thoughts of the kids. and eat snacks and treats.
sean, on the other hand, was an amazing teacher.
yay for do-over weeks!