Saturday, March 12, 2016

Ski Season Is Coming To An End.

Most of this new year has been spent hitting the slopes and enjoying quality time with our kiddos outdoors. It's hard to believe that we are officially a skiing/boarding family now but truth be told, we are. Never would I have imagined that we would choose to enjoy the snow. I mean, we've been beach bums for most of our married life and the kids have thrived in that environment. Ask Montana, and he'll still tell you he chooses the ocean and there is nothing wrong with that. Our goal with educating the kids is to give them as many opportunities to experience numerous hands on activities, snow included.

So here we are at the end of the winter season, which I still can't grasp, looking back at pictures on all we've accomplished and experienced. All we can think is that it's been one heck of a ride. The kids have learned about tree wells, avalanches, skiing safety, winter animals, weather conditions and much more. They've learned how to snowboard, ski, go off jumps and do tricks. We couldn't be more proud of how well all three have adjusted and adapted to this way of life and to these adventures. There are days when they've complained because it's -11 and they want the ocean but there are also days where they have cried because they didn't want to get off the slopes. Life is full of ups and downs and no matter what road you choose in life, there will always be both negatives and positives. It's all in how you look at it.  Our goal as parents is not to sugar coat the roughness that life can throw your way because trust me, these kids know the reality that is called life. We want them to be able to handle all situations with grace, braveness and courage. We want them to make the most out of every situation and to find the slightest enjoyment when things go south. So far, we feel they're doing well.

For the past 2.5 months, our lives have revolved around snow pack, winter road conditions and living it up at Monarch. In February, the kids Gigi and Auntie Joy came to ski with us while in March, the kids Omi, Opa, Uncle Adam and Uncle Brad came to board/ski. The kids were thrilled with having company to show off their new earned skills to. We're already looking forward to the next boarding season where I'm sure, they will grow even more in skill and ability. So for now, we will prepare for two spring trips and the river season that is soon upon us. This family is ready to shred on some river waves!

"Children of winter, never grow old"