Monday, February 22, 2010

Colorado Vacation 2010, Part V (Family)

It's what it is all about really. We had so much (but never enough) family time on this trip. It was time for my parents to get to know Cassandra who is developing into her own little person. And time for Z to continue his growing relationship with his older cousins and my brother and his wife, Erin. (I must say Erin, mother to two boys ages 8 and 10, seems to have a surplus of patience, but that is another post entirely. But, I digress.)

The cousins slept in the same room (which they have done for two previous ski trips as well). But this time there were bunk beds! In addition to the things I have already posted about, during the time that we were in Colorado, together they:
  • played card games, pool, Wii;
  • celebrated Ben's 8th birthday complete with laser tag;
  • went skiing, snow-tubing, and ice-skating (as posted here);
  • relaxed in the hot tub, etc. etc.

It was a great trip. I feel ridiculously blessed. Some additional photos below.

My dad hanging out with Cassandra while she colors:

My mom showing Cass the view from their condo in Boulder:

Cousins Ben and Zander, post hot tub, PJ-ed, and ready for bed:

A nice photo of Brad and Zander after snow-tubing:

P.S. Part VI and VII tomorrow. KIDDING!

Monday, February 15, 2010

A Look Back

We interrupt this titillating vacation coverage for a look back in time. See the photos below of a much younger Jill and Brad after heli-skiing in Whistler. Yes, the very same Whistler, BC, where much of the 2010 Winter Olympics is taking place. These photos are from at least ten years ago.

The helicopter:

Our guide explaining how the avalanche transponders that we had to wear worked:

Skiing the powder (before the days of helmets):

Colorado Vacation 2010, Parts III and IV (Snow Tubing and Ice Skating)

I know already...enough about the vacation! Just one (or two) more and then I'll stop, I promise.

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Brad, Zander, and my brother's family headed out snow-tubing on Keystone mountain...

Later on in the week, Zander, Grandma Susan, cousin Ben, and Aunt Erin went ice skating at Keystone Lake, which "boasts the largest Zamboni-maintained outdoor skating rink in North America." They gave the children funky "walker"-type things that really helped them ease into the skating...

While I'm posting these pics, I'd like to take this time to publicly thank my brother (aka Uncle Adam) for teacher Zander: "Give me five...up high...into space...IN YOUR FACE!" Nice one Adam. Thanks. Are we even now?

Friday, February 12, 2010

Colordo Vacation 2010, Part II (The Skiing)

Skiing. It was great. I got in more runs than I had anticipated (considering we have a 13-month-old who needed supervision). As a result, Brad and I didn't actually have a chance to ski with each other, but we both got in enough skiing to be sore. And as mentioned here, I rocked the recreational ski racing. (Note: If we ever ski together, don't misconstrue this to mean that I am always fast. I am fast for 30 seconds or so and then...I rest.)

Z took a few lessons and did great. One day when we went to pick him up, he was crying and the ski instructor said, "He is so hard on himself! He did great," to which Zander chimed in: "No, I didn't!" (This being hard on himself is a recurring theme these days. We hear it regularly from teachers and caregivers.) Regardless, some pics:

And here is Cassandra, eating some snow:

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Colorado Vacation 2010, Part I

So, here we are. Home! For awhile there, I wasn't sure when we would make it. Our original flight was cancelled due to "Snowmageddon" and then we barely made it into BWI airport before it closed for "Snoverkill." Our house was still standing and some neighbors snow-blowed (is that a word?) our driveway for us. (Otherwise, we really couldn't have gotten into our house without hours and hours of shoveling.)

Our offices are closed. Suitcases are half unpacked and we're all adjusting to the time difference.

It's been a long few weeks, what with the sickness that made it way through the family before vacation that put the trip itself in jeopardy to the glorious trip itself that made up for the pre-travel stress to weather that has just closed Fairfax County Schools for the rest of the week.

Below are some pictures of the house we stayed it for part of the trip. It was actually not the one we originally had reservations for, as there was a misunderstanding about transportation to and from the ski slopes from that house. Personally, I was relieved the first house didn't work out as it had two sets of open-air stairs. (Think of a million little places for a baby to stick her legs, arms, head, etc.)

The house:

The outside apre-ski hot tub:


Some of the decor:


One of the 'towel-animals' created by housekeeping daily:


Thursday, February 4, 2010

NASTAR (not to be confused with NASCAR)

Aaaah, skiing.

It's been hard to quiet my mind of worry about one thing or another lately. But I was able to do so on the slopes today and it was phenomenal. More specifically, I am obsessed with recreational NASTAR ski racing. Basically, you race against the clock and yourself. Not sure why I love it so much, but my guess is that it has something to do with the fact that while I'm on the course, I don't (can't?) think of anything other than getting around the next gate as quickly as possible. That and the fact that I'm fast. In all honesty, they hand out the gold medals rather generously, but I'm still quite proud of my three.