Welcome back and happy Tuesday! Boy is it foggy out. I hate driving in the fog especially when you can't see the usual landmarks. It makes you feel kind of lost and don't even get me started on what it does to my hair. Even the school buses are running late because of it. Stay safe out there! Last week was wonderful. We had a great week and an even better weekend. It's so nice to escape to the mountains for some fresh air, amazing scenery, and new snow. The hard part is coming back to reality.
I started the week off celebrating my birthday which was nice. I went out to dinner, had cheesecake for dessert, got pretty flowers at work, and wore a new sweater my friend gave me. It was a good day and a fun way to kick off the week.
Day 23- Tuesday, 1/23/18
I had a free drink reward at Starbucks for my birthday that expired today so after work, before picking up Brandon, I picked up my drink and got him a little something too. It was perfect because it was cold and dark out so a warm drink hit the spot and he was pleasantly surprised.
Day 24- Wednesday, 1/24/18
This pup just came in from a very wet walk so we dried her off and turned on the fire. I think she's good now and quite content.
Woohoo! After work and school we headed to the mountains for my birthday ski trip. This is my happy place-- the village at Northstar in Tahoe. It was a snowy and slow drive up, but we got in just after dark and relaxed in our condo for the night. We're so thankful the kids have no school tomorrow for staff development because it means we'll get 2 ski days in instead of just 1.
We have fresh snow from last night, clear skies, and only small crowds which is perfect. The lake looks beautiful from the top of the mountain and John and I got to ski alone for a bit while the boys were in a lesson. Just before lunch we all came back together and took the village run down to the condo for a hearty meal. Ski-in/ski-out is most certainly the way to go.
On day 2 of skiing we stayed together the whole time and got in some good runs but also stood in some seriously long lines. It's Saturday so there are more people here and it's the first good snow of the season so that means even more than usual for a weekend day. At least we had very little lines yesterday and the weather and snow are still great so we made the most of it. Down in LA Tyler took in a basketball game on campus and sent us a picture. We miss him on these trips and it's sad to think that after next year we won't have Justin either. They grow up and move away too fast!
Before saying good-bye to our condo we hiked out back to some hills for a little sledding and snowball fights. These two did awesome skiing the past 2 days and earned the right to just play and enjoy more fun in the snow. Sadly it's time to head home but it was a great trip and that extra day made all the difference in the world.
Wait! One more-
January's Family Photo
We got the kids' ski instructor to take a picture of us on the slopes. He was a fun guy and really helped the boys take their skiing to the next level.
OK, all done! It's back to normal now which is fine because getting away was a good way to recharge and now we're truly ready to take on the new year.