I feel like we packed about 3 weeks worth of activity into the past week. It has been strange today to return to the office, where 90% of people are off on vacation. So here is the download on what we’ve been up to:
Friday: Little Miss and I hung out with my parents for the day, dinner with my brother’s family, but my brother was missing because he got his snowmobile stuck and was trapped in the forrest until about 11pm. We were all imagining him hunkering down in a snow cave and losing some fingers/toes, but luckily he made it out safely.
Saturday: My parents watched Little Miss as JB and I went skiing at Kirkwood. We met my brother and his family up there. JB, who was in charge of packing our equipment as I made us lunches, was so focused on which pair of skis he wanted to bring that we managed to arrive at the ski resort with two pairs of skis for JB and NONE for me. I had intended to use my new powder skis. Luckily, my SIL let me borrow a pair of her rock skis, and considering the insane amount of rocks I hit that day, I am thankful that my powder skis did not get marred.
Sunday: Little Miss and I joined my other brother’s family and my parents on a sledding outing. We tried to find a sledding spot without lots of people, which meant trekking through snow as deep as my thighs whilst holding a petrified Little Miss and her sled. After about 40 minutes, we found a spot that was well packed, and Little Miss got in a few good sled rides (on a tethered sled with me pulling her).
That night, we all went bowling. It was a bit of toddler torture, as there were BALLS everywhere, yet she wasn’t allowed to play with them. I was shocked when she actually picked up an 8 lb ball and dropped it on the floor (thankfully missing her feet). Towards the end of the night, I decided to help her do one attempt at bowling. We went up to the end of the lane, and I encouraged her to “push” the ball. She did so, with my help, and away went the ball. Next thing I know, Little Miss is running down the lane after the ball. My immediate instinct was to run after her, which is when I quickly learned that the lanes are oiled and extremely slick. Within a split second, Little Miss fell on her back, and I fell backwards onto my elbow, sliding into her. It was like a scene out of a cartoon, except for the fact that it hurt like heck and she was screaming her head off. Here I am carrying her on my knees back to safety, as I knew I’d fall on my rear again if I tried to stand up.
Monday: We actually didn’t do much besides visit with family and laundry. That night, Christmas Eve, we went out to dinner with the family. Dinner at a restaurant with three toddlers is always an adventure, and my toddler proved to be the most challenging that night. After Little Miss went to bed, JB and I spent about 1.5 hours assembling her gift — a spring horse.
Tuesday: Merry Christmas! Little Miss loves her spring horse, which she seems to be calling Pacey for some reason.
Mom and I spent most of the day cooking, and that night, we hosted dinner for 13 family members. There were 8 adults and 5 little people under the age of six. It was a fun form of chaos in my house, and we had a blast watching the cousins unwrapping their gifts and playing with all of the toys. Little Miss spent a lot of time with her 3 year old boy cousin, with whom she was dancing while holding hands and rocking with in our recliner. My brother’s family and their dog spent the night.
This morning, I was in denial, but was thrust back into our routine as I took Little Miss to daycare and got myself to work. It has been a quiet day, which makes for a relaxed working environment.
That’s all for now. Here are pics from the past week. I fought with Slide.com way too long for this show. It managed to delete my captions multiple times, so I gave up and here is the show sans captions.