|Steamboat, so gorgeous!|
|Dad carving the lamb, yum!|
|Ed, Meg and Dad. Not that you can tell, but I promise it's them!|
|SMS and I!|
My favorite run was on the last day when I was on "See Me" and cut through to "Vagabond" through a field of knee-high powder. It was unreal. I had so much fun and really, these past four days were the best skiing of my life, conditions-wise. I felt I skied pretty well, but I'm starting to get a tiny bit slower. SMS had a great ski experience- we think all the roller skating really helped with his speed and balance. Not that it was bad before but he was a speed demon and mogul aficionado this trip!
SMS and I also had fun night-skiing on the second night we were there. The trails were well-groomed and almost empty. The runs were beautiful glides and turns all the way to the bottom. I'm so glad we tried it but the best was skiing with family. We did a pretty good job of meeting up throughout our days there. Dad bought walkie-talkies that were actually really helpful and a lot of fun to use.
Last night, we had our "Christmas Eve" with an awesome gift exchange. I cheated and wrapped up a few travel presents from our Spring Thailand trip but don't worry, we got everyone real gifts too! Brady, SMS and I went in on a Garmin for Dad. I also wrapped up a book I had for awhile that I thought he would like, Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan. Initially, I wrapped it in with the Garmin but I thought it might give him a complex. Mom got bath bombs and Brady got an Angor Wat temple book with overlays that imagine the original splendor over the current ruins.
Mom gave us our stockings which was really sweet and nostalgic. The detail is incredible and the stockings bring back so many awesome memories. Mom and Dad also got us little flying drones and everything stopped for about 10 minutes while we played with them. I haven't had such a fun toy experience like that in years! The girls also received really pretty earrings from the National Gallery of Art and a new ballerina jewelry stand. Ed and Meg got me a Corkcicle Canteen, which is one of Oprah's Favorite things, which is awesome since they now live in Chicago where Oprah is a very big deal (is there anywhere she's not?). Brady got me the Alabama Shakes album (yeah!) and Brain on Fire, which is a memoir I've been wanting to read for awhile.
Overall, Christmas 2015 has been incredible and I feel really lucky and happy to have such an amazing family!
|Even our falls are amazing!|
|Leaving Steamboat, very early|