Monday, February 17, 2014

Snowy Mammoth

We were the lucky recipients of the invite to Mammoth Mountain with Eric, Rach, and Ben for a weekend of skiing this year. The girls were too young to remember snow in Seattle and it has long been Lily's desire to go to the mountains and play in the snow. We were lucky to have a long weekend off school and it happened to be Valentines day as well. We drove up late Thursday night after work and school so it was too dark to really appreciate the mountain. When we woke up in the morning we had a power Valentines pancake breakfast.
Then it was off to the gondola to see Dad and Uncle E off for a day of skiing. The ladies were going to find our own fun in the snow. 
So bright and beautiful. The weather was actually very mild that day so we could enjoy the snow without being too cold or windy.
The boys were ready to hit the slopes but humored me for a photo.
Lily had big plans for snow ball fights. The snow was perfect for snow balls. Just sticky and wet enough to hold a good shape. Thanks to the snow ball maker we could crank out a pile in no time.
 We explored around the village and found some great spots. Gemma had fun but wasn't feeling very well. She tried to enjoy herself but a high fever and cough made her tired and cranky. Lily could have stayed out there ALL DAY LONG! Ben wasn't a fan of standing in the snow or touching it either so he hung out on the side lines.
 After the boys returned home from skiing and took the kids in the pool and hot tub we had a nice dinner in the condo and hit the hay for another day of fun in the snow. We drove up the road a ways until we found a quiet hill with plenty of room to sled!
 Alex took Gemma down hill and made a nice track for the sled to follow. Ben was still not a huge fan of the snow but liked watching his cousins.
 Lily had no fear and went right off on her own.

Gemma tossed her hat and caught a quick one with dad.

Then she was ready for a turn on her own! She loved it, until she got snow in her face at the bottom. Not a fan of that for sure.

Now it was time for Ben to have a go. Technically he is not touching the snow so it should be fine right?
He was not impressed. He had another try with Uncle E.
I love this shot because it really looks like Ben is smiling. He was actually grimacing and bracing to cry but it sure looks like he is having fun.

Lily made her obligatory snow man. We forgot the carrot nose for the second day but made do with some sticks, stones, and Gemma's hat and Lily's gloves.
 Then we tried to get a cousins photo which did not go over well. Gemma was so done at this point and ended up having a 103 fever to prove it.
 Forget the cousins shot, this cute family photo is much better.

 After we returned to the condo and warmed up a bit we went wandering around the village. They had all sorts of Presidents day weekend activities planned. First up was a parade with Woolly the Mammoth. It had turned pretty cold and windy by afternoon and even started to snow. Lily couldn't get enough.
 Even Gemma perked up after a nap and Motrin and was happy as a clam.
 Here comes the parade. We were easily impressed with the animal characters and some balloons.
 It is getting cold out here guys but that won't stop us!
 Our cheesy family in the mountains.
 By the next morning we had plenty of freshly fallen powdery snow! We had time for one last jaunt before we had to pack up and head home. We could sled right outside the condo doors.
 Some hard working family spent all morning carving out a little igloo. Also on Lily's snow bucket list so we were glad we didn't have to do the work. I think she was slightly underwhelmed by it in the end. You know, in cartoons it is much roomier inside these things. Lily is part penguin and has declared she prefers the mountains and snow to the beach! She is obviously not my child.
 The view from the balcony. If only we could get snowed in for another few days.
 Unfortunately we had to make to long torturous drive home filled with, "Are we there yet?" and "I don't know what to do now."

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