We were worried about driving all the way to Boone, NC to enjoy some skiing but then to possibly be disappointed by finding grass patches on the mountain. We were partially correct with our worries.
Thursday, we packed up the kids and parents (entire Barfield family) into 2 van/cars and began our long drive to the mountains. It has been 4 years since we had made this trip and we weren't going to let a little thing like- no snow- mess up our ski trip.
(That is the problem with us being in Florida and trying to plan a weekend trip to the mountains for some much needed skiing (quick weekend trips = Boone, NC). Sometimes it is a hit or miss on what you will find. We love Sugar Mountain but sometimes that area doesn't get as much snow as other parts of the North.)
Thursday afternoon we began driving to Atlanta where we made a stop for the night. With children, we have learned to break up the trip for easier traveling... we hear a few less "are we there yet??" Can you tell who I was sitting by during our road trip??
|Ms. Flexible holding tight to a gummy worm|
|She can't figure out what to do with it! Don't worry... I was close by and only allowed her to taste it.|
|Nana needed a little extra loving!|
The kids love hotel rooms. I am not sure if it this is a universal thing for kids but mine hear hotel room and they start jumping for joy!
The first thing Ian needed to do once we got in the room was to get some loving from Isabelle. She is good at dishing out the love!
(Don't worry, the boys really are on the trip with us. They are just harder to pin down for pictures. Ants in their pants!)
Friday morning we were back on the road headed for Boone. I have been experiencing some lovely car sickness the last few long trips we have taken so I was so ready to get out of the car by the time we hit the mountain roads.
We arrived Friday afternoon to the hotel and learned that the pool was out of order during our stay. This might not seem like a big deal to most but hotels and pools go hand in hand. You can't have one without the other according to my children. And so begins the meltdowns...
Saturday morning, we got up bright and early to hit the slopes. We ignored the weird smiles we received as we were all dressed in our snow gear to walk outside to notice the rain falling down. We still made the trek to the mountain and then sat in the lodge to decide what our next move would be. Surprisingly, there were people already on the slopes.
|I can't move Mommy!|
|Walking up to grass and slush!!|
|Can we still go?!?|
|Right after we told them we might not be skiing.|
|A little more pitiful!|
|Ryan was just a little upset as well.|
|An hour later and sweating, we are almost ready to hit the slopes!|
|Poor Ethan is hanging on for dear life. I had just yelled to make him try it by himself. Well... this is what Ethan thought of that idea.|
|Riding up the lift on the bunny slopes.|
|Who is that man in the red cap?? That is our Papa.|
|Yes, they are standing in slush but look at their smiles!|
|Aiden trying a new move! It didn't work.|
|Mommy and Aiden playing with the camera on the ski lift.|
|Add in a little |
|This is a cute picture but it took about 30 minutes just to get this shot. Totally not joking here! Get one kid in the spot and another starts sliding backwards down the mountain.|
|Izzy spent her day in the lodge with Nana. It looks like she enjoys the snow as well.|
We would have loved for there to have been more snow but we made do with what we were given. The kids had a blast skiing and as soon as we were done, we went directly to the laundry mat to clean the mud off of our snow suits.
We decided to go ahead and head back to Atlanta on Sunday morning and figure out something fun to do since it was still raining in Boone.
|Izzy getting her learn on.|
We got some more
I laugh when I see this picture because Isabelle looks so tiny compared to Mikayla. 2 beautiful girls!!