Today we left for a ski vacation at Steamboat in Colorado. My Aunt Alice puts together a ski trip every year out West. We haven’t gone in a couple of years because I was pregnant and then my Baby was too little to fly to a cold place, but now that my Princess has learned how to ski, we are excited to start attending again. This year there is a big group going, sixteen adults and two little ones. Besides my Aunt and Uncle and my parents, another Aunt and Uncle, my sister and brother, and a bunch of my cousins are going. It’s going to be a really fun time.
Even though we woke the girls up at 5am, they were so excited and full of energy at the airport.
I’m not going to lie, the first leg of the trip was tough. Isabella was awake the whole three hour ride and needed to be entertained. She did some drawing and played with her stickers, played with the iPhone, but mostly ate. She ate almost all of my snacks I had packed for both flights of the trip!
Thankfully, she slept the whole second flight. She fell asleep right after eating my last snack.
We flew into Hayden, Colorado, a small airport near Steamboat. The great thing about flying into a ski town is that almost everyone on the plane is going to do the same thing…ski or snowboard! Everyone is excited so the plane ride is filled with conversations of where people are staying, how many times people have been to Steamboat, what are the best trails, great ski stories, where to go apres ski. I love listening.
We finally made it to Colorado! The girls were so excited. Coming from New York where there are three major airports, I really appreciate small airports. It took us three minutes to walk off the plane and get to baggage claim. We had our baggage in the next ten minutes and were ready to leave the airport.
This is the view from the condo. I can’t wait to see someone hit that jump.
We got to Colorado around 1pm. My Princess wanted to ski so badly so my Dad and Uncle took her out for a little while. She has only experienced East Coast snow and trails so the fresh powder and long trails in the West are new for her. She had a blast and now wants to get her skis waxed so she can go faster! After skiing, my Grouchy Husband took the girls out to play in the snow. He used a sled to make a path from the condo to the trail so we could ski right out and avoid the lift. My Princess had a good time sledding with him to make the path. It got pretty fast after a few times and she loved it.
My Baby was busy playing in the snow and making mini snowballs.
She saw how much fun her sister was having so she wanted to sled down also. She took a turn with my Grouchy Husband and had a big smile on her face. They didn’t want to take turns sledding so my Grouchy Husband tried to take them down together but they didn’t like being squished. I was relieved, the path was already pretty fast, the weight of three of them would have made it even faster.
My Baby loves to eat. She was just walking around the condo pouting her big lips so people would give her food. One time she had her eye on my Uncle Billy’s beer! See those dumplings on the table. They are a part of all my family gatherings. These were my Mom’s pork and chicken recipe. Delicious!
My Uncle Davy just got a new computer and he did not know how to turn it on so my sister and Aunt Martha are trying to help him. Who doesn’t know how to turn on a computer?! Haha. My Uncle Davy is one of my Dad’s brothers, most of the brothers including my Dad are engineers, he is an accountant, maybe that’s where his short comings come from…haha.
My Dad loves playing with the girls, not usually at the same time, but here he is keeping them both busy with Elmo videos and a game of Uno.
My Aunt Alice and Mom go to the grocery store everyday to make sure the refrigerator looks like this everytime you open it.
I just got here and I already ate too much food. Beef stew for lunch, dumplings for snack, then peas and chicken with a fried egg for dinner, and then more dumplings for dinner. I heard the word dessert and just had to upstairs and hide.
A Colorado Dumpling Mama for the next week,