we’ve been in utah over the weekend spending time with family and also getting the kids (and me!) more comfortable on the mountain with their snowboards! i’m not sure if you follow along on my instagram, but i shared a few videos over there on my insta stories of the kids in action!
this was conrad’s first time on the slopes, and he loved it! everyone loved it, but i don’t think anyone really loved it as much as josh did! this man has told me from the beginning of our days together how much he desired to have a family of snowboarders. he really just loves being on his board on the mountain so much, and has desperately wanted the rest of us to experience it as well and hopefully enjoy it enough to want to make it a family thing in the years to come. i think his wish is finally coming true, because i seriously loved being on my board this trip, and the kids did great, too.
here are a few iphone photos i took on the mountain over the course of two days. we snowboarded at sundance this trip, and while it was surprisingly mild out and not all that snowy, it was perfect for us.
this has to be my favorite photo of all of them. i just love these people of mine so much. super proud of all four of them. i’m the luckiest.
just before we took the lift up the mountain together for conrad’s first time! josh’s happy face here is everything to me. haha! (you can see josh and conrad in action right here.)
a photo of below from the lift.
this sweetheart did so great. i wish i had more photos and videos of her boarding, but she went with josh earlier in the day for a one on one while i hung out with the boys both napping in the car, so i didn’t get to see her as much in action. just another reason we have to go again soon. ;)
my little sister rebekah was in town from LA, so i got to do one run with her (although she was on skis) at the end of the day which was so fun. i want her “tan in february” skin from the california sunshine. like have i ever been more pale?! seriously. i can’t even believe it. ;)
i really can’t get over how brave samson is on the slopes though. he just goes and goes. he’ll fall, but get right back up and keeps going. he’ll even giggle through it. he worked hard on what his instructor taught him during his lesson on the first day, and kept working on it all later in the weekend. i hope in life that he continues to carry that quality of seeing something through to the end the way he does now. at one point, we were starting to run low on time and needed to get back down the mountain to eleanor who was hanging out with my sister at the base, so josh asked him if he’d like him to carry him and go fast to the bottom of the mountain, but samson replied with such a firm, “no!”, he had to do it himself and i love that about him. here is a little video of him boarding down the mountain if you didn’t catch all the videos from the day before on my insta stories.
and i had to include this cute photo of eleanor and her invisible snow woman she built with josh at my parents home!
this kid could have shoveled snow for a solid hour if we’d let him. haha!
i’ll take all the time and effort it takes to get all the kids in their gear, then have to take all the gear off for a potty break, put all the gear back on and then have to take it off again because something is uncomfortable or doesn’t feel right in a boot or shoe, to put all the gear back on and only get one run on the mountain in, anytime. it’s so much work and sometimes josh and i catch each others eye and are like, “what are we doing?!” but it’s so worth it. it really is. i’m grateful for these incredible experiences, for the patience my kids teach me frequently, and for the memories we make when doing things together. it’s a great life with these people by my side. and snowboarding this weekend with my little crew is definitely something we’ll hold onto forever.