Friday, January 14, 2011

First time

Last weekend, the stars finally aligned to take this little girl alpine skiing for the first time.

So we went to the store (three of them actually) to get a hula hoop. Hula hoops are hard to find these days, but they are a great aid for teaching little ones how to ski.

We take things slow with the kids. Get them used to how it feels to glide on snow first. Then we’ll work on pizzas and french fries and making turns. We’re in it for the long haul, so if a kid is cold after one run, we call it a day (free after three is nice for this). Kids who ski are liberally rewarded with hot chocolate and goodies. Make it fun and keep them coming back.

We took this approach with the older two, and they think skiing is fun. They even like skiing together. And, believe it or not, with their parents.

JunkieBoy is tearing things up in the new boots and helmet he got courtesy of RabidRunner. She may not be a good mormon, but she’s got the love thy neighbor thing pretty dialed. That’s all that matters if you ask me.


  1. hey. HEY! i recognize older girl's boots. they're all steezy.

  2. Yeah, I should have mentioned dug also has the "love they neighbor" thing dialed.

  3. Hula hoop? That's an invention.

    Lately, the skiing "rewards" around here include eight sausage items (for each) from the dollar menu at McDonalds, and audio Harry Potter to the resort and back. Seems to be working better than all of our other "rewards" combined. Speaking of rewards, it would be a reward for our'n to ski with your'n. Game?

    We aren't technically neighbors, which is good, so as I can show my abilities to dial it in to the ENTIRE WORLD! Also, did you know that I've taken more trips to the urban dictionary from your blog than the whole of the internet combined? It's true. Thank Dug for my latest urban dictionary excursion. Steezy? Sheez. How does he keep up?

    Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to take care of a neighbor's dog while they're away on vacay. Here I go again... dialin' it in... dialin' it in...

  4. Rabid: I'm flattered that my blog causes you trips to the Urban Dictionary, especially since you should ask dug where he learned steezy.

    As for the your'n and our'n, name the date and place. We'd love to ski with you.

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