Ellen and her kiddos came out to Connecticut for an awards dinner where I was being honored. I happened to notice that the dinner was scheduled for the night before the annual Boy Scout Mount Snow Ski weekend. So months ago, we planned a big surprise for her kids - a trip to Aunt Jennifer's with an extended trip to Vermont to ski and snowboard. Unfortunately, earlier this month, the organizers canceled this trip abruptly - after my sister had booked her trip. Now we were scrambling to come up with an affordable alternative. In the end, we chose Mt. Snow and spent the extra money on the hotel and food. We got some dear friends to join us.
We found a marvelous place to stay less than a quarter mile off the mountain - Big Bears Lodge - which was delightful and had a homemade delicious breakfast. It might be our new go-to-place.
Mt. Snow was wonderfully cold - but the kiddos had a blast. My sister was such a good sport and rented skis and equipment to join in the fun. I stayed in the lodge with my good friend Joyce knitting while our group spent the day skiing.
Primogeniture and his friends spent the day snowboarding on the North Face. Primogeniture's goal was to see how fast he could go down the mountain.
There are some things a mother should probably never know. Now I'll worry.
The boys earned the Snow Sports merit badge for Snowboarding and Skiing, respectively. If you look closely, you can just make out that C is wearing his Wonderful Wallaby under his snow pants.
My sister wore her handknit socks on the slopes.
Joyce and I spent the day knitting squares for a *purple* charity blanket we're making together. It's the "Teach Joyce to Knit" blanket. We started it last year at this same trip.
On the way home, we stopped for an early supper at The Kringle Candle and The Farm Table restaurant. There was knitting everywhere we looked this weekend - if we just opened our eyes.
We had so much fun, we're already planning for our return trip in 2015.