As usual with the videos, I have no idea whether or not the majority of you can actually play them. But, I continue to try.
Trust me when I tell you that these first day videos are NO indication of how well this kid was actually skiing by the end of the second day! But, this is the day I focused on Ellie's skiing. The next day was all about Gabs.
As previously mentioned, her daddy LOVES to ski! So, naturally, he was a bit more than excited when she agreed to go on the mountain with him. She'd had one measly day of Ski School, so my heart was about to pump out of my chest just thinking of her riding on that chair lift alone!
You gotta admit she looked the part!
And speaking of "looks"... my big girl is going through a little change lately, and I think she is just beautiful!
Back to the slopes. We had no idea really where to start to get her on the skis and down the mountain.
Todd started out beside her. NOPE. That wasn't it. And then, we tried her between us, holding onto each of our poles. NOPE. That wasn't going to cut it either. He and I skied at different speeds, so she was always lopsided.
Finally, he just put her between his own skis, handed me his poles and headed south.
That seemed to be the ticket.
It also made Ellie feel safe, so she was gaining confidence. But, the poor dude's back was KILLING him!! He suffers with back issues from time to time, so I was afraid he was ruining his chances of continuing on the slopes by doing this. I think it was a sacrifice he was willing to chance.
Todd is as excited about the possibility of an annual ski trip as I get about an annual beach trip. So, he is VERY excited that his first born was loving skiing so much!
I like to ski. In fact, I sort of love it. But I do NOT like all that is entailed to get to the slopes, and all that is required afterwards. W.O.R.K.!!
This little girl became fearless by day two. And by fearless, I mean was scaring the crap outta her mama!! Straight down the mountain, with very minimal skill to slow down or stop. I would see trees ahead and cliffs, with complete drop offs, and I would see Miss Pikabo Street come flying by me, and I couldn't catch her. All I could do was scream, "SLOW DOWN!!" or "SIT DOWN!!".
I am not a naturally "nervous" person. I mean, I am a risk taker, I'd say, and I am also generally optimistic. But. There is something about seeing your 6 year old, on skis, in an unfamiliar environment that can make your bootiehole pucker. Like big time!
She eventually started skiing on her own on day one.
I wish I had more video of her on Day 2 and 3. Todd wore a GoPro on his helmet, so we do actually have that footage. I just need him to show me how to upload it to my computer so I can post a few on my blogola.
I look like Chris Farley in the picture below. Less than flattering! But, it is Todd and Ellie, two chairs behind me, that I was trying to capture. Not me and my other chin. See how high we are? That made me an absolute nervous wreck. Thank God the video camera was not rolling when I rode the lift with Ellie, and being so paranoid that I wouldn't be able to get her off the lift as well as Todd (she can totally get off the lift with no help at ALL by the way), I forgot to get off the lift myself, and started riding it back UP! I had to JUMP off the seat and fell into a bank of snow looking much less than graceful. They had to stop the chair lift, run out and check on me, replug up something that I'd disconnected when I landed on a cord of some sort.... it was a debacle!! Todd was so upset that he only had it on camera vs. video to get Ellie getting off the lift. I must admit, I kinda wish I could watch that one. It was pretty classic!
So there you have it... Ellie Sue on day one.
I know these pictures and videos will be some that one day, when she has been skiing for years, she'll look back on and be so glad we got! Maybe even use one or two in her wedding video?! Or... maybe they'll want to use them when they are doing a documentary about her prior to the Olympics when she is skiing for gold?! You just really never can tell.
Either way, I was proud of my baby girl!
I now have this as my screen saver. And I think that one word summed up her whole day.
Hey y'all! I'm home!! And luckily I've already loaded lots of pics from the trip onto the 'puter, so you'll have to hear about Colorado for a few more days! Cool?!
Todd calls me "Pigpen" (like on Charlie Brown). I have no idea why!
Ok, so we'd been to town a time or two and noticed this big mound of ice. There were colored lights in it which would change colors, so we knew it was something cool that we'd probably have to explore later in the week.
And so the night came. We, the Groves Family, were going in!
Into the Ice Cave, as we have since learned. Note to self: Uggs do NOT have traction on downhill icy entrances.
It started out no big thang. Just icicles and paths, really.
But as we would soon find out, there were tunnels and slides, and winding areas, that needed to be explored!
Gabbi typically tried to get her legs out before she'd actually get her head out or remain on all fours, and would inevitably get "stuck". Not a tough rescue though.
Todd actually considered trying to crawl in after them. I really, really wanted to see that!! A few guys DID go in. But MY guy is NOT "small".
I, of course, only use my iphone for pics these days. There were some folks in there with tripods and fancy SLR cameras, and I can only imagine how those pics must've turned out.
As you can tell, I couldn't decide whether or not to use the flash or not.
Sometimes it was a bit of a no-brainer. For instance, the above photo is no flash. ANd the one below is WITH. The girls would crawl into a tunnel and suddenly emerge in a place like this, calling "Mooooom. Daaaaadd."
I was sort of freezing. I didn't know what to expect and was wearing some thin leggings only. As was par for me, I AGAIN forgot to put the girls' gloves in their jacket pockets, so they were crawling around on all fours on ice with bare hands! (Mom of the Year!)
So, I was sort of antsy to go. But they had to explore every single tunnel in the cave.
Ta da. There's me.
We learned that they had 90 sprinkler heads that they turned on every night to harden the ice.
So, if you find yourself in Breckenridge, you need to know about this. It makes a pretty good evening activity after a day full of toting skis (yours and theirs), goggles (yours and theirs), poles, ski boots (yours and theirs)... you get the idea. This was nice, cause we just sort of walked around!
And there was little to no effort required on the part of parents here. Just remember gloves. And, actually, snow pants might not be a bad idea either!
Glad we went!!
OK... One more thing. Art Retreat coming up in a couple of weeks. It'll entail painting, mixed media, jewelry making, and some self-awareness activities and information which will hopefully make you leave very glad you came. The cost is $450. The agenda will be posted later this week. I have Joleen and her daughter coming, as well as Jennifer, a participant from the past. We'd love to have you!! Todd will be cooking. And of course, you'll be staying at the BAH! If you need more details, contact me at email@example.com