Saturday, January 19, 2008

Beautiful Day For SLEDDING!

February 26 & 27 are days we are dreading in our household. Jake is taking yet another bar. He took and passed Oregon's bar in '06. Now he needs to pass the Utah bar for his current job. His firm is giving him a couple weeks off work to study for it, but he has also decided to dedicate each Saturday to studying as well. This means the kids and I are going to be coming up with some fun things to do by ourselves over these next 5 Saturdays, to get us out of the house while dad studies.

Today was our first "Study Saturday" and I thought it would be fun to take the kids sledding up at the Eaglewood Golf Course, less than a mile from our house. I have only been there once with my aunt Andrea and her kids and I didn't go down the hill. When we got there I only saw two other families sledding. The kids and I got to the top of what I thought was a pretty easy hill. I brought three sleds for us to try, so we could figure out which was the best. As I was getting the sleds into position for the kids and I to ride them, out of no where Emma jumps onto her little round saucer-shaped sled and heads down the hill. I started screaming "YEA EMMA!" As I watched her closely, I realized she was going super fast down this icy hill. She was FLYING and she ended up going over another smaller hill (also very fast) and she rolled off her sled and landed on her tummy, face in the snow. She got up, cried a little, and then she was ready to come back up the hill (although, this time she wanted me to come with her.) Ben went on his sled a lot and felt really cool because his sled looked like his cousin, Kaden's, sled. BUT, when he saw some snowboarders go past him, he changed his tune and said THAT was cool and now he wants a snowboard. I told him he needs to go with dad skiing a few times before we start him down that route. The kids loved the snow and it was hard to drag them away. We were there almost two hours, and with the wind blowing and me huffing and puffing up the hill each time, carrying one or two sleds, I was ready to go. The only way I could get them to leave was if I promised we would come back again soon. Maybe if it's good weather, we will come again next Saturday.

It's nice to know there are advantages to living on a mountain, getting dumped on by snow over and over again. We have GREAT sledding hills! Come on over and we will take you!


Ashleigh said...

that's so awesome. We haven't had a ton of snow here, so we haven't gone sledding at all. We'll have to talk and figure out when is the best time to get together. Chad said something about beginning of February....don't know any really details, but we'll talk tomorrow.

Chelsea said...

How fun! You are such a great mom to head that adventure all by yourself! I'm sure they won't let you forget about that "next" time!

McLane said...

That looks like so much fun! I wish we got that kind of snow in Hillsboro. You are a great wife and mommy!


Ksenia said...

I've been trying to get Zach to take me sledding! It is a blast! Looks like it was plenty of fun for the kids and lots of exercise for you :) (and fun?)

M-GemBlaisdell said...

Your post totally made me laugh out loud! We have to get our kids at the same EFYs and colleges.

Do you ever just look at your beautiful family, house, dog, surroundings, and wonder what in the world did I ever do to deserve all this?! Does it feel surreal to you at times too? ..."And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife.
And you may ask did I get here? .... Once in a life time, water flowing underground..."
(Talking Heads 10:23) Ok, got too carried away... :)

M-GemBlaisdell said...

Just realized that the first part of this post was supposed to go on my blog under your buttered popcorn comment. The Jesus take the Wheel post was hilarious too.

Zach 'n' Jack said...

That looks SOOOOO fun! Ahh man, I miss the snow! What a blast, I wish we could come with you! Glad you guys are enjoying the Utah winter, and good luck to your hubby on his big test!