Saturday, March 24, 2007

Scared of Heights?

We went skiing over the weekend and it was AWESOME! I began to see what life will soon be like. Annika (7) and Benjamin (5) were all over the mountain and skied beautifully - though Benjamin preferred a straight-down snowplow to actually turning...

We met up with the family (Pieter, LouAnn, Kara, Saskia and Petra) and managed to ski with them for two days. Christopher (3) joined us for the first day, but his ski reins were a necessity, and he was a significant downward drag.

A few highlights:

After a Friday spent holding the reins, I moved Christopher into ski school. I spent most of Saturday agonizing over whether he would be permanently scarred from being sent off away from the rest of us, but needn't have worried - he had a blast! His teacher, Yann, knew every bump and jump on the baby slope, and had Christopher giggling and having a great time - so much so that he is still wondering when he can ski with Yann again.

Benjamin spent every lift asking, "Is it dangerous to fall off?" When he missed a chair and ended up riding by himself, alone, in the chair behind mine, I checked on him constantly, afraid that he might try to see how dangerous it really was. In the end, the only problem was that he wasn't strong enough to push up the security bar, and it conked him on the head when he got off. I guess that's what helmets are for!

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