Here. Staying Here. We have been going 90 miles an hour, even on vacation, until this morning. It is -13 outside and we are tired. And since we are on vacation no one can make us do anything but sit around and drink coffee and just enjoy the view. Well, I'm sure the kids will be after me for pancakes in a little while but right now they are snuggled together in bed watching cartoons. (Yet another vacation treat--we don't have televisions in our bedrooms at home.)
So here are at least ten things I'm grateful for this week:
1. My wonderful traveling companions. We have so much fun together when we go places. It always makes me want to go more. My guys are flexible and adventurous. Who could ask for more?
2. The special terror of watching my children race down a mountain, so far ahead of me that they are just specks at the bottom.
3. Ski school, which allows my sweet husband and me to have date "days" while on vacation, instead of date nights. The kids love it, too, because their instructors take them all over the mountain on the blacks that I hate!
4. 24 degrees with seven inches of fresh powder, no wind, and blue blue skies. We had one day like this and count ourselves lucky. It was the kind of day you might get once in every two or three trips. Truly special.
5. The owners of this beautiful home we rented for the week. They have been gracious and welcoming from thousands of miles away. This lovely house really has felt like a friend's home we borrowed for the week--very comfortable and relaxing.
6. The majestic scenery at Big Sky. We have been several places out west skiing, and I've seen mountains all over the world. This is truly, truly amazing. One peak, Lone Mountain, rules over the base area, and the entire bowl is ski-able (by crazies, not me). We are eager to see it in the summer!
7. Long tables in the cafeteria area, which allowed us to enjoy lunch one day with some "lifties." It was fun to get a little inside scoop on the life of the young people who make this place run.
8. Long rides up the ski lifts, which are a great time to chat with my husband or kids.
9. No lift lines! Even on that perfect President's Day, we only waited three or four minutes on the busiest lifts.
10. The opportunity to be lifted out of our (now really crazy) busy day-to-day life and enjoy time together.
What a great week. I'll post some more pictures, hopefully, but right now I can't find that cable that connects the camera to the computer! (That one up there is from Bill's phone.)