Sunday, February 05, 2006
Sometimes a girl just has to have - some blue sky! Winter tends to be gray, gray, and more gray, so it is nice to go up to the mountains and have some blue sky and sun! This is not always the case - sometimes we get snow and more snow up there, or bitter cold - either way you are housebound - but this trip we really had perfect weather (ok, I admit - no palm trees in sight, but as perfect weather as you are going to get up in the mountains in the winter!)
We went up for 4 nights and had a wonderful time! The 1st day was just beautiful; the temperature was up to 4 C so we took Little Boy out sledding. We found a nice, gentle sloping hill; positioned DH at the bottom and Momma at the top. One little push and - Oh, absolute GLEE! He laughed and cackled down the hill and begged - "again, again, again!" It was so much fun - and I think we actually stayed out longer than what it took to get him dressed (a joke, but any Mom of a toddler will understand!). Later we went for a walk, and although not "long" we went at a snail's pace so Little Boy could carefully knock all the little ice-cycles off the edges of the snowbanks.
Day 2 - Momma got to ski - the weather was perfect at about 0 C. I had lunch outside in the sun and scored a sun chair for a little rest. The only thing about eating outside - you have to eat faster than your food cools off or you have a cold plate. I came home early enough to bring Little Boy out sledding again. This time around he was more interested in pushing the empty sled down the hill and then giving a big chase. We were out so long that DH actually came to get us in the car, which was nice as Little Boy was so tuckered out I would have probably had to carry him back home (up hill!).
Day 3 - we all took the chair lift up to a restaurant for lunch - Little Boy's first time on a chair lift and he really liked it! After lunch Momma went skiing with a friend and DH and Little Boy took the chair lift back down. Again, it was a beautiful day (-2 and no, we didn't eat outside with the baby). That night we took a little "Night Hike" and toward the end of our walk it had started to snow a little bit and the snow was all glitterly. It was cold so the snow was very crunchy underfoot, which fascinated Little Boy with each step. With all the fresh air and exercise (and high altitude), he was out like a light as soon as I got him tucked in for the night.
Today the view outside the window still looked wonderful, but the temperature had dropped down to -12 C. We spent the morning playing inside with trucks and coloring books (and packing up) and then Little Boy and I ventured out for a walk for - of all things - icecream! We had started to walk back, but the wind was biting, so we popped into the tourist office and called DH to come get us with the car. It must have been just the right combination of exercise and fresh (or should I say cold) air though because Little Boy did sleep most of the way home in the car, one happy little camper.