February 11, 2009

Where's Bou?

She's in Colorado, Steamboat Springs to be exact.

We were out of bed by 430AM this morning and in a plane taking off by 7AM, and in Colorado with my kids seeing snow for the VERY FIRST time by Noon.

We didn't make it out of the airport before the boys were making their first snowball.

The grin on Bones' face as we landed... white as far as the eye could see, coating everything, I wished I had some sort of camera that could capture his happiness and anticipation.

The world through Bones' eyes can be exhilerating.

We have been fitted for skiis and start our foray into the world of snow and sliding down mountains on flat sticks in the morning. The boys are excited... and I am as well.

There is so much to do here. I'd REALLY REALLY like to try snow shoeing, but I suspect that won't happen. The boys and my husband would enjoy snow shoeing as much as running, I suspect.

Snow tubing is on the list, however, as is snow mobiling.

Yes, I am officially cold. It has been snowing like crazy here, which is very cool, but tonight, we all got really cold. I suspect skiing will be different, first as we'll have layer upon layer of clothing, but second, the days are not as cold as the nights, obviously.

The smartest thing I did was get us a place with a washer and dryer. As adults, we won't need them... but with children playing in the snow in blue jeans? Yes, all their clothes are always wet.

Which brings me to... we could have saved some serious cash by not skiing and just throwing them out in the snow. No matter where we are, there is a snowball fight.

Registering to ski with our package? The boys stayed outside beating the ever living crap out of each other with snow.

I got a text from Mo saying the boys should make snow angels.


And who's kids would those be?

Mine don't make angels. Mine are all about heaving it at each other.

From the minute we walked into the condo, they were outside rolling in it, balling it up, pelting it, licking it... it has been a full sensory experience.

They're like a pack of puppies. And snow is a great age equalizer.

With snow? The 14 year old acts 9. The 12 year old acts 9. The 9 year old acts 9.

Lots of pictures are being taken... I can see why so many people move out here as it truly is gorgeous.

Its just a bit too cold for me... to live. Visiting is fantastic... but not to live.

Posted by Boudicca at February 11, 2009 11:28 PM

I'm so very excited for you!!! Please take tons of pictures. And I can't wait to hear the skiing stories.

You must do snowmobiling, it was my favorite!!

Bring tissues up the mountain if any of the boys get good enough to go to the top and if they are prone to nose bleeds.

Posted by: Sissy at February 12, 2009 12:36 AM

Don't forget sunscreen! when its cold its easy to think you don't need it, but at high elevation you really really do.

Posted by: s at February 12, 2009 06:53 AM

Welcome to Colorado! Oh, and don't forget to drink tons of water. The altitude and lack of humidity can really get you. Can't wait to see the pictures.

Posted by: Nina at February 12, 2009 08:23 AM

i hope you all have a great time! my niece and nephews just had their first snow experience last month and had a ball - all getting along and acting like 8 year olds!

Posted by: arcanai at February 12, 2009 09:27 AM

I LOVE SNOWTUBING!!! All our snow has now melted as we had 3 near 60 degree days in a row and then rain. We will get more.

And definately, snow angels. Nothing quite like laying in the snow and flapping your wings.

Have fun!!!

Posted by: oddybobo at February 12, 2009 10:44 AM

Heave a snowball or ten for me while you're out there.

Posted by: diamond dave at February 12, 2009 10:49 AM

So looking forward to pictures :) ... However, I got my taste of snow this year, enough to satisfy me for a while! Please stick your tongue out at the snow for me. Thanks!

Posted by: PeggyU at February 12, 2009 12:13 PM

I think you will have found by now that you stay very warm while trying to ski - just learning to stand up on the darn things is a serious effort (although I bet the boys take to it instantly - Heh). For that matter you're probably finding out that you're sweating... LOL. Novel experience isn't it.

Sounds like it's great so far - hope it's a wonderful vacay for you all.

Posted by: Teresa at February 12, 2009 01:00 PM

Steamboat is gorgeous!! I hope you all have a wonderful time!! Stay warm!!

Posted by: Richmond at February 12, 2009 01:06 PM

I am all eat up with the envy.

I can't begin to imagine your boys' excitement upon seeing Real, Honest-to-Gawd Snow for the very first time! I grew up with the crap, so I got jaded at an early age...but there is nothing like playing in the snow!

Posted by: Elisson at February 12, 2009 04:50 PM

.... have a great time!......

Posted by: Eric at February 12, 2009 09:36 PM