They really love each other. They fight and pick like most siblings do but at the end of the days these guys are best, best friends. I never dress them alike but they do have some of the same shirts and such and they chose that morning to wear these clothes. I was cooking dinner and they were watching TV. It got really quiet so I decided to check in on the situation and found them snuggled up like this on the couch. Could this be any sweeter? I think I took a million pictures and stared at them for at least 10 minutes!
This was a great family day!! We have been talking for eons about taking the kiddos skiing. David and I enjoy it and haven't been once since the kids were born. Who knows when the 'best' time is to go with kids. I think I was a teenager the first time I went and on this day we saw kids that were still in diapers. In order to go at that young of an age David and I would have to be much better skiers than we are now. In any event, we decided to take the plunge and just go. We bought ski school tickets for the kids and off we went. The Turners joined us and Gaga, Papa and Chloe. We listened to advice from others and spent the day at Ski Appalachia!
Out and waiting for ski school to start. There was a little 75 yard run for the little ones to start on. It had a stand on conveyor belt that pulled them back to the top. All they had were skis, NO POLES!
Hunter making the turn back to the conveyor belt. You can see all the kids had to wear helmets. I thought this was a brilliant idea.
And Away they GO!
Hello Larkin! Look how well they stand on the belt. We didn't have any falls. I have memories of this being the hardest part when I was learning. I think we had a tow rope and really had to focus on keeping our skis lined up and still. This is more like a ride.
The little ones taking a break! They had the afternoon session only. In hind sight they should have done the morning session too but we were afraid they wouldn't last the day.
All geared up and ready to go!
Miss Chloe loved every minute of it and was skiing backwards by the end of the day.
Lining up for the bigger run. This one was about 150 yards long, but not steep. It was a gradual slope to the bottom but it adjoined with a more difficult run and I was afraid the kids were going to get run over.
Going up the long belt!
Little Lucas turned out to be a terrific skier. He was fearless and was ready to take the chairlift up after his first attempt on the training run. David started out running beside him and all I could hear was, "I can do this by myself dad!" Next time David and I will ski too. We all went into this with zero expectations and were nothing short of thrilled to see how much they enjoyed skiing. It was hard to watch them ski the day away, we were only around as back up for those that got tired and needed a break. Never happened, we will go back and we will all ski the day away!
My run on the Creeper Trail. It was so beautiful and so, so quiet.
Back of the house was so pretty. I couldn't resist taking a picture.
Best snow hill ever!! We had an epic time sledding on the hill behind the house. It was so much fun. The Turner's brought snow tubes and we spent hours outside with the kiddos. We even brought lights out at night and did a little night sledding.
Matt giving it a try.
Mary pulling Blaine up the hill for the 100th time!