Oh! Sassy second kiddo saved the very best POLKA DOTTED flower for an antenna topper! No photo yet 'cause this is a quick-'cause-I-gotta-write-out-bills post. But lets just say, even *I* can find my car now! (Just one more thing I frequently lose...)
My sister visited from California. She gets excited about anything active and has been known to ski with large backpacks full of camping gear. Can we just say that she is in *slightly* better shape than me? I kept up bravely for the first couple of days, but by day three, I was wimpering and begging for a slower pace. Yup, I slowed her down on that last ski. Besides, I was a little worried about breaking my neck on some of those hills. Guess I should have been worried about standing still on flat spaces though... I only fell three times. Once for a hidden stump on one of those hills. The other two times, I was standing still and got too excited talking with my hands. Go figure...
But we got some surprise extra time with little sis! Chicago airport shut down just in time to cancel her flight back and she was stranded on the east coast for four more days. Aw shucks.... (insert happy dance here!) Thank goodness I had recovered from the first round of
Youngest kiddo is my nervous-Nellie. She needs to be eased into new activites and is very scared of learning new things in front of people. She's been skiing for a couple of years now, so I didn't stop to think that *skate skiing* is new for her. (Skate skiing is a very fast, graceful form of skiing used by competitive skiers for racing.) And we missed the first couple of ski practices after Christmas because we were playing with my sister. Those were the first team practices on SNOW. Before the holidays, practices were all spent running. Yup... tears. She was sure that everyone else would be skiing gracefully past her while she fell.
So we got to practice an hour early and sassy second kiddo gave youngest kiddo a lesson. By the time the rest of the team arrived, my nervous-Nellie was managing a pretty fair skate-ski. AND... three other jr. high kiddos were brand new to skis. Yes... brand new to SKIS. None of them had two years of experience balancing on long, skinny, slippery things. There was the cutest line of new skiers following the coach around the track that day. Like little ducks in a row! Sooooo... that smile stayed on youngest kiddo's face all afternoon!
Ok... that's the happy thoughts for today! Have a happy day!