Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Anita's Attic: An Unexpected Ski Trip

Due to an unexpected ski trip, (we caught the last few days the resort was open) I am running behind on everything, especially writing related, so I'm scrambling to put together this blog.

I was going to stay home and write, since I'm in panic over my deadline, and I've reached the place where I realize I don't actually enjoy skiing. I had merely deluded myself into thinking I did because it's something the entire family did together. I love the trips, and being together, but I'll watch, thank you. Skiing is far too much work, lugging all that equipment, cramming your feet into those crazy boots. I feel like I'm having a panic attack when I first put on ski boots. It's like my feet are stuck in concrete and I can't move them. Eventually, that passes, but then there's the cold. And the falling. I don't like falling and I don't like being cold.

So this trip was going to be just Austin, the kids, his uncle, and his niece. The fathers and kids. But Caleb's basketball team had a game in the playoffs, which he couldn't miss, so I had to drive him up to the resort the next day. I'm glad I did. I love hanging out with my family, and I figured I could get some work done at the same time. When I got to the condo and opened my laptop, all excited to get to work, the file was blank. I freaked out for a minute, worried that my files at home had been erased (I actually did that once) but thank goodness, it was just a glitch. I have those around electronics. As it turned out, I also needed to fill a plot hole so I worked on that instead.

The weather was lousy the first day. It started raining as soon as Caleb and I got to PA. It got cold that night so everything froze. The snow was icy, but the kids didn't mind. The third day was great. Sunny, warm, and the icy patches had been covered. Austin loves skiing but he can't handle much with his back. The first day with Skylar did him in. I didn't want to ski, so we turned the kids loose. Caleb snowboarding, Skylar skiing. It made me a little nervous at first. You may recall our ski trip four years ago when Skylar fell off the lift. But everything turned out great. The kids were nice to each other, no fighting, they worked together, helped each other, and as my daughter said, "mom, we bonded." Wow.

Austin and I sat inside the lodge and watched them, making sure they came up every fifteen minutes on the ski lift. It was such a joy to see them helping each other adjust helmets or waiting until the other was ready to take off downhill again. I just wanted to cry.

Every night, we went to the resort's indoor pool, hot tub and sauna. But lest you get a grander picture than it was, to say "resort" was a bit of a stretch. It wasn't anything fancy, but we had a ball. And getting everything half price didn't hurt.



7 comments:

Cassy Pickard said...

What fun, Anita! We used to do those kinds of ski trips until we realized there was too much wear and tear on our bodies. Our younger daughter still hits the slopes with vigor. But the time with family is the best. I miss the kids now that they are out the door. Enjoy.

Liz Lipperman said...

As we've said many times before, Anita, some things are way more important than writing. Family time is at the top of that list. I'm glad you had a great time. The writing will come. That's really a pep talk for me since I have yet to start book 4!!!)

Lindsay said...

Sounds like you had a great time.

Anita Clenney said...

Cassy, it did turn out fun, but what a start! :) I watched the kids and thought how quickly time will pass and they won't want to go anymore. I'll enjoy it now!

Anita Clenney said...

Very true, Liz. Family has to come first. We really enjoyed it even though it had some not fun parts. We made the most of it.

Anita Clenney said...

Lindsay, it was so great to see the kids able to put on their own ski gear and take care of themselves. Very precious.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Nice! Sounds like a blast and I hope you got some work done :-)