A beautiful way to spend New Year’s Day on Mt. Hood!Pin It
A photo essay of our pre-Christmas ski trip to Whitefish, Montana via Amtrak:Pin It
It’s so ironic that it’s already April, and only just now is the snowpack getting really good on Mt. Hood! We took advantage of a break in the spring rains for a late-season family day on the slopes.
The results of our traditional heading-up-the-mountain stop at Joe’s Donuts.
We can already tell on the drive up that it’s going to be a beautiful day to ski on Mt. Hood!
The crew crests the top of the hill on the Express Lift.
Ready to head down the mountain!
I’m loving the bluebird sky up on Cascade . . .Pin It
Midweek skiing at its best – no crowds, no lift lines, no long walk from the parking lot, lots of sunshine, and a beautiful ride up Cascade lift to the top of Mt. Hood!Pin It
My youngest daughter turned six last week, during our spring break trip to Mt. Bachelor for a family ski vacation. Because of her ongoing obsession with bunnies (live ones, stuffed ones, toy ones, bunny sketches and pictures and drawings, etc), we honored her newly gained skiing skills and her bunny alter-ego in her birthday cake design. As usual, my mom produced a masterpiece in a short period of time, and this time, the girls all got to lend a little assistance in the decorating, as well (although there was a lot more eating of frosting and a lot less decorating with frosting going on, from what I observed!)
The highlight of the gifts that Alia received was a dress sewn by her older sister – this was one of Bella’s first sewing projects, and she and my mom designed it on their own, picked the fabric and the detailing from my stash of leftovers, and Bella did all of the work, from cutting out the pieces, to ironing at each stage, piecing them together, and learning about sewing along a curve, sewing in a hem, and putting on a pocket.
Alia can wear it now with a little white shirt underneath, and then into spring and through the summer. I love that the girls are already beginning to appreciate the value of getting and giving homemade gifts (although that doesn’t mean that Alia wasn’t also excited about all of the Barbie junk she received . . . sigh).
Our family ski photo is taken at the base of Pine Marten lift – the girls are really becoming amazing skiers, all of them advanced in three days to blue-square intermediate skiing (and Emmersen even tackled a black-diamond advanced run). It’s heartwarming to see years (and I mean YEARS, we’ve been at it with Em since she was four years old) of taking the girls skiing start to pay off – makes all the whining and complaining seem worthwhile (and I’m not just talking about the girls . . . )Pin It
We went skiing on Mt. Hood on Christmas Day – here’s what it looked like, an unbelievable day to have clear blue skies and no wind! This picture was taken at the top of the Shooting Star lift – the one to the right was taken the opposite direction from Shooting Star and shows Mt. Washington in the distance. All three girls were on skis – a first! – and all had a good time and didn’t whine (well, not much), plus we instituted the “everyone carries their own skis” family motto – I figure it’s good to establish that expectation early . . .
Below are two of my favorite photos from the past year – the first was taken in the Smithsonian Mall (the sculpture gardens fountain, I think) in Washington, D.C. when we were visiting for oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court. It was in April, but over ninety degrees each day, so we pretty much moved from one air conditioned museum to the next, but the sculpture gardens were cool and shady, and the heat made everyone want to be near the water. I sepia toned the photo for an “aged” look.
The second photo is taken from the Statue of Liberty, looking toward the NYC skyline. You’ll note “white bunny” is tucked under my youngest daughter’s arm – white bunny goes everywhere with her. I had this photo printed on 20×24 canvas at Canvas On Demand (an amazing website, I love the photos I’ve ordered on canvas from there so much that I had to stop, it’s addictive and I only have so much wall space!)Pin It