FINALLY A LIGHT ON OLD RANCH ROAD
JANUARY 6, 2022
For the last 9 years we have been hoping that the city would put in a light at the big intersection by our house. Well, it finally happened. The day the kids went back to school after winter break the light was finally up and running.
ANDREW AND MADELINE
JANUARY 7, 2022
I love watching Andrew and Madeline together. Those two just love each other so much.
EMMA IS DRIVING
JANUARY 8, 2022
Emma has been working hard to get in all her driving hours so that she can get her license in the spring. She drove on the freeway for the first time and she doesn't even have 10 hours yet.
IT'S VIRUS SEASON
JANUARY 9, 2022
Emma was the first one to get sick this year.
CROSS-TRAINING AT THE FLYING HORSE POOL
JANUARY 12, 2022
I started driving Emma to Flying Horse so that she could cross-train in the pool. On one particular evening the sunset was absolutely beautiful.
JANUARY 14, 2022
We finally finished the Howls Moving Castle puzzle we started over Christmas break. This was a tough puzzle.
MADELINE AND EASTON
JANUARY 14, 2022
Madeline loves to have playdates with her good friend Easton. Those two love playing anything and everything.
JANUARY 15, 2022
I spent a lot of time working on getting caught up with photos and journaling from 2021.
THE PUZZLE MASTER
JANUARY 16, 2022
Madeline loves to do the jumbo puzzles all by herself. Her favorite one lately is the dinosaur puzzle.
JANUARY 17, 2022
Madeline and I started working on her writing at home. She was excited by her new workbook.
CUTE LITTLE MADELINE
JANUARY 18, 2022
Madeline is kind of the cutest and I just love it when she lets me put little buns in her hair.
SILVER TONES CONCERT
JANUARY 20, 2022
Abby had her first silver tones concert since she started up with this 8th grade audition choir second semester.
PETER SKIES WITH HIS COLLEGE FRIENDS
JANUARY 22, 2022
Peter went skiing with some of his buddies from college. Julian drove them all to Alta to ski. They all had a great time on the mountain.
JANUARY 23, 2022
We love Facetiming the boys on Sundays. We love it when they get to do Sunday dinners together at Andrew’s apartment.
SUNDAY AT THE PAINTED MINES
JANUARY 23, 2022
Mike and Emma spent a beautiful Sunday afternoon walking around the Painted Mines.
JANUARY 27, 2022
Madeline loves filling out her reading logs for the week because that means she gets to pick a prize at school. I love it because it helps her work on her writing skills.
SALT LAKE CITY SYMPHONY
JANUARY 28, 2022
Peter attended the symphony again with his friend Julian.
IT SUCKS TO BE SICK
JANUARY 31, 2022
It’s never a good sign when I am lying in bed in the early afternoon. Whatever virus I got has really been hard on my body.
We had a nice quiet birthday celebration for Emma for her 16th birthday. Her letter jacket was her main gift but there was a delay with that being finished so she opened the rest of her gifts from us. Her favorite gift that she opened was her Japanese learning books. Emma is all about learning Japanese these days. Emma loves pretty much anything about Japan, the language, the culture, and the anime. Since I was still sick Mike took care of getting a chocolate cake and he made a traditional Japanese dinner of katsu over rice with cabbage, gyoza, sushi and Ramune to drink. It was the perfect little birthday celebration for our sweet 16th year old Emma!
This month started out so well with my running, biking, and swimming. I was determined to make this my best year ever and be more consistent not only with my cardio but also with strength training and core exercises. I ran on the Santa Fe trail with the Striders and then another day with Dionne and Caryn, I ran the loop at the Pineries, I did a track workout at the CC track, a bike ride up and around Garden of the Gods, a swim at Flying Horse and ran in the 2nd race during the Winter Series. Then I started getting signs of passing a kidney stone. The next week I took it easy and didn’t run much. The following weekend I thought I was better so I did High Drive with Caryn and although I had such a good time, this run was almost more than my body could handle. I got sick after that and couldn’t exercise at all.
Today was our last ski day and we lucked out with good weather again today. It was already 20F when we got on the lift and although the sun was hiding behind the clouds, it peaked its way out after our first run down the Paradise Bowl. We did the Paradise Bowl a few times with Abby and Madeline while the boys took Emma down the black Crystal run. Then we met up with Emma so that the boys could hike up to the top of Headwall and ski down that double black run. They had so much fun hiking up and being able to put their skis on their awesome backpacks and then killing it down the powder steepness. The rest of us skied down Paradise to Yellow Brick Road and down the blue Upper Park run to Lower Twister. Then we took the Silver Queen Express back to the top and skied all the way down to the Paradise hut for lunch. After lunch we ran into some friends (some of the Richin kids) and showed them the runs on the East River Express lift. The oldest two kids (Lizzy and Andrew) went with the Andrew, Peter, Emma, and I down Double Top Glades while the youngest (Sarah) hung with Abby, Madeline, and Mike. We spent an hour over there before heading back to the Paradise lift where we did another run before heading back down the mountain. Later that night we had some the Borg family over to the cabin for some dessert and games. It was a fun way to end our ski trip at Crested Butte.
Today was an epic day on the mountain with the kids. Everyone except the boys left around 9:30am and walked over to the Red Lady Express lift. We decided to start the day with an easy green run. We headed down Peanut to Lower Twister. After that almost too easy run headed up the Silver Queen Express lift and took the catwalk to the Paradise Bowl. The boys met us there and we skied down the Paradise Bowl to Lower Forest Queen to the bottom of the Paradise Express lift. The snow was awesome, so we decided to do that run a couple of more times before heading over to the East River Express Lift. Once at the top of the East River Express lift the boys and Emma went down the black Double Top Glades tree and mogul run while Mike, Abby, Madeline, and I went down the ungroomed blue Black Eagle run. We didn’t realize the run wasn’t groomed until we came to some moguls. It wasn’t the most ideal run for Madeline, but I just had her follow my line through the moguls and she got down without any problems. When I asked her what she thought of moguls she said she liked them. I can’t believe this little girl doesn’t have any fear. After meeting the boys and Emma back up at the top, I separated from Mike and the younger girls and went off with the boys and Emma down the Double Top Glades run. I loved the first part of this run which was a ton of powder through the trees. Once out of the trees we dropped right onto the main part of the run which was covered with rather deep moguls. I am not the best at deep moguls, but I did my best to get down. Then it was back in some trees to the bottom. This was probably my favorite run so far this season. We all met up and headed back to the Paradise hut for lunch. After lunch we skied down the Paradise bowl runs for the rest of the afternoon and then headed down the mountain to the Painter Boy lift and did a blue on the other side and then headed to the bottom to end our fun day. Back at the house we snacked, relaxed, ate dinner, watched a movie, and started a 1000-piece puzzle together. It was a fabulous day!
We woke up to amazingly cold temperatures and no water running in the house. Apparently, the pipes froze overnight and the gasket on the water meter outside burst. After calling the emergency maintenance line, we just chilled in our warm cabin and waited for the repair men to come out and fix it. Luckily, it was a rather easy fix and water was soon running in the cabin. Hallelujah! We ate lunch at the cabin and then got our ski gear on to hit a few afternoon runs. The weather had finally warmed up to the teens and the sun was shining so we knew we would be ok. The walk down to the lifts wasn’t that long and we all managed just fine. We headed up on the Red Lady Express Lift and headed toward the Lower Ruby Chief run. We went up the Paradise Lift and skied down the Paradise Bowl. The snow was a bit chopped up already, but Madeline seemed to manage just fine over the “bumps” on the once groomed runs. We didn’t love that run so we decided to skip the Paradise Express Lift and skied down the Middle and Lower Gallowich run to the East River Express lift. The snow was much better on this side of the mountain, so we decided to head up the lift and do the Lower Treasury run twice. Then we made our way back to the Paradise Bowl and took the lift to the top so we could head down Houston’s access to the bottom of the resort. It was a rather short day on the slopes, but we still had some fun and spent time getting reacquainted with this ski resort. Back at the cabin we all spent time outside the cabin playing in the snow. Andrew carved out a nice little sled hill and we used cardboard boxes we already had to make little sleds. It’s amazing how the kids can have just as much fun sledding and playing in the snow as they do skiing on the mountain.
After staying up way past midnight we all slept in and then packed for our Crested Butte ski trip. We divided all the stuff between two cars again and headed out in the snow for our long drive. The road conditions weren’t that great, but we all made it to the cabin in Crested Butte without too many problems. As we entered the town of Crested Butte the sun was still shining but the temperature was dropping fast. It’s a good thing we could pull both cars into the garage to unpack all our gear. It’s nice to have big kids to help with that part. The cabin we are staying at this year is quite spacious and really cool inside. Since we bought all our food ahead of time we threw in a quick dinner and enjoyed relaxing and being together.