Spring is upon us, BUT I haven’t shown the great snow vacation pictures yet! I thought I better get cracking! (Just a warning: picture heavy and no crafting involved!)
Our sledding hill in the state park with Pike’s Peak in the background. Not much snow on the ground admittedly, but enough for us to have fun! By the way, if you click on this picture, you can see the tiny pink spots on the left hand side – my girls playing in the snow while we did a couple sledding runs without them. Don’t worry, their aunt stayed with them!
Isn’t part of being a parent trying to give your kids something you never had/experienced? For me, one of those things was SNOW. I remember being in elementary and listening to my radio non-stop when they were telling us that It. Just. Might. SNOW. in. Houston!
To say I was disappointed more than once, well, yeah.
Now, in my 20s I did get get an opportunity to live in northern Indiana for 3 years and got quite my share of snow then, but it is still magical to me. And I had never been sledding before!
So back last fall when Southwest Airlines had super-cheap fares for flights in January-February, I jumped on the deal! Being Texans, my girls had never seen snow and Elena especially was fascinated by the idea of snow. My husband couldn’t take the time off work, so it became a little girls-only vacation to see my brother and his family in Colorado.
I was a bit worried about the trip on my own with my girls, but even with a 3-hour flight delay the girls were awesome. And Julia in the airplane was hilarious, sitting for half the flight with her hands just so, tucked under the seatbelt:
And my brother and family were fantastic hosts! The only money I spent all weekend was for our lunches on-the-run and some necessary winter clothing for the girls. Can’t beat that!
I was worried Elena wouldn’t take to sledding at all. She tends to not like being out of control, and I thought this would be too much out of her power and comfort level. For instance, Elena HATES swinging. She’ll sit on a swing, but don’t you dare move her!
My worries were all for naught. Elena LOVED sledding. Without hesitation she got on with her Uncle C, and then proceeded to sled with anyone that’d give her a ride!
Julia likewise LOVED sledding, but that came as no big surprise — our little 2-year-old is a thrill junkie! The vacation had her a bit off kilter though and she’d only be with me, but she and I had a great time.
Okay, totally unflattering picture of me, but I swear I *was* wearing 2 layers of clothes! There are jeans under those black pants! I had to dress for the cold somehow!
I would love to make this trip every year or two. The girls obviously loved the snow, and, even more-so, really loved seeing their cousins.
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