Family Time


We spent two weekends ago at Schweitzer Mountain in North Idaho.

The drive up was rough. Scarlet was screaming in her car seat, not the kind of whining, fussing that you can tune out, no, it was the shrill shrieking scream of a pissed-off infant. It sort of makes you feel like your brain is melting. Add to that a 4-year-old who has fallen deeply asleep only to start having nightmares (which led to more screaming), slick icy roads (did I mention we were driving at night?) and a couple of deer sightings.

Needless to say, by the time we arrived at the condo, Aaron and I were thinking maybe we had made a mistake (and also that we wanted a very large, very stiff drink). I mean honestly,who takes a 4-year-old, a 2-year-old and an infant to a ski resort?

But when morning came, and the sun was shining on the snow, we knew it was going to be a good day. And it really was.

Skiing clicked for Jack. It was SO fun to see him not just progress and learn new skills, but to really and truly enjoy being on the mountain. Aaron and I had so much fun skiing with him.


Aaron and I got to ski together for a few hours, we each skied with our boy and got some much-needed one on one time with him and I even got to take a few runs with just my dad. It was such a great weekend. There’s so much that’s hard about having little kids. But, these little windows where we are doing something together as a family, where everyone is happy and Aaron and I get to share with them something we love and in turn see them start to love it? Priceless.

And even, when on the drive home our transmission blew in our suburban and we had to watch it get towed off while we waited for a smattering of family to come and rescue us…it was ok. (stressful, frustrating, and ridiculously annoying, not to mention expensive….yes). But I think all those good vibes from the weekend helped us not completely freak out.



I know Luke and Scarlet won’t remember this trip and Jack’s memories will be hazy at best, but I love that from the very beginnings of their memories of childhood, they will (hopefully) have happy memories of our family having fun together. Traveling a little bit, going on adventures and just being together. Broken down rig or not.


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