Sunday, March 15, 2009
Hitting the Slopes, Preschooler-Style
After four years of waiting, watching, and wondering if my second son was going to show any interest at all in downhill skiing, I finally have my answer.
Yes, as long as his "Girlie" is along for the ride.
Little Bear's best friend happens to be the daughter of our good and faithful friends, a nice thing all the way around, especially if the two buddies carry out their future plans to get married (someday, "as soon as we can drink coffee").
Yesterday we all piled into the cars and drove onto the grounds of Elmendorf Air Force Base (it pays to have friends in the military), and onto Hillberg Ski Area, a lovely complex designed to meet the needs of winter-loving Alaskan military families. There we outfitted the littlest skiers with gear and proceeded to the Bunny Hill.
I am happy to report that a good time was had by all, the weather was absolutely gorgeous, and nobody had any meltdowns on the hill. Apres ski was a different matter, but that's beside the point.
After schussing down the slight incline and trying out the rope tow, Bear had enough and went sledding with dad on the adjacent hill, giving me a chance to freeski with the older kids.
Afterwards, we gathered together to share a pre-St. Patrick's Day dinner; corned beef, cabbage, the works. And some darned good beer that must have been brewed just for a day like this...