Monday, March 16, 2015

Life on the Slopes

Rick, Palmer, and I were able to sneak away to ski last week during Spring Break.  Ever since the cold temps arrived last November, Palmer has been quizzing Rick and me as to when we would ski again.  (I'm afraid we created another lover of the slopes.)

Rick found a break in his schedule.  We gratefully dropped Grace with Gram and PawPaw and hit the open road for Taos.

Last year, I enjoyed the apres ski life since I was still carrying Grace at the time.  Given my competitive and independent streak to prove to Palmer that "girls can ski, too," it was important for me to show Palmer that ole Mama's got it on skis.
One year older, several pounds heavier, and armed with stronger muscles, we saw great improvement in Palmer's ski ability from last year.

We decided to keep him in ski school for two full days.  At the end of each day, Rick and I enjoyed skiing the bunny hill with Palmer and were pleased to see Palmer learning the concept of "stopping" as opposed to last year.
A few of our favorite videos:
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The timing of our trip worked perfectly because we happened to overlap with the dear Burrus family's trip to Taos.  Palmer loved spending a little time with Evie and Charlie outside of Dallas.
By his third day, Palmer was taken up on the mountain with a ski instructor.  Halfway down the long run, we were told Palmer complained of being tired and "ready for his nap".  The ski instructor ended up skiing the second half of the mountain *carrying* Palmer.  Sure enough, my kid was asleep in the instructor's arms at the bottom of the run.
One of Palmer's sweet instructors.  (For my note taking purposes, we liked Abe Metzenthin; 314 817 4234/Ametzenthin@gmail.com and Aidan Koch; 480-335-1958/Aidankoch@hotmail.com and are interested in booking them next year for further lessons.)
At the end of the trip, several people had one request: Palmer would like Grace to come next year.  Gram and Paw Paw would like Grace to stay home for "at least five more years" so they can monopolize her time during our trip.  Bath time at Gram's: 
We're so glad our baby girl is loved by all.

-Bethany

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