We finally got everyone’s schedules to work out to be in Lake Tahoe over Christmas. We’ve had the trip planned for a couple of months, and the kids have not stopped talking about it. We all left on Monday, Dec. 19 and stayed until the next Monday, Dec. 26. This was the first Christmas trip we’ve ever taken, and it was really a fun and exciting time to be away.
On the 19th, I awoke at 4 a.m. to have everyone ready and at the airport by 6. I was a little worn out when we got there, but it went surprisingly well. The kids were excited and hopped out of bed pretty quickly. Our first flight was the longest – 4 hours. And once again, things went surprisingly well. The kids handled the flight very well. We had a layover in Salt Lake City, and we met up with Pappy, Papa Rod, Uncle Aus, Aunt Danie, Mize and Uncle D and got on the same flight together. It took us about 1.5 hrs to fly into Reno, and then we had an hour drive to our house in Tahoe. At this point the time change had caught up with everyone, and we were all tired and hungry but very excited! We stopped for some yummy fish tacos, made a grocery store and liquor store run, and then it was check-in time.
Our house was amazing – right at the bottom of the Boulder Lodge, so it was a ski-in/ski-out house…. except there was no snow. Big bummer! Boulder did open on Christmas day, so we were able to take advantage of it our last day. We had a hot tub on our third floor that looked out over the Boulder ski runs, and we had a sauna right inside the hot tub. So, it was our routine after a long day of snow skiing to hit the hot tub (which we had to be careful jumping in because the deck was frozen), and then we would quickly hop out and run inside as quickly as we could and sit in the sauna. I could get used to that lifestyle!
We snow skied five of the seven days we were there. Even though there was no snow, they were making as much snow as fast as they could. Not all the runs of the ski resort were open, but Matt and I had plenty to keep us happy. AD skied everything that was open, and he did get a little bored (he’s a much better skier than us!). Matt and I took a day ski course, Dad took a day and a half, and Dana took a half day. We took the kids to ski school one day, and when we picked them up they were totally exhausted. Cole had so. much. fun. The boy was so excited that he couldn’t tell us quickly enough everything he did. He had so much fun skiing and he was showing us how he skied and what he did. He was so funny. Chloe was the complete opposite. She was worn out and when we asked her about skiing, the only thing she said was, “Skiing makes me cry.” Ha!!
Aside from skiing, we rode around a couple of days sight seeing and walked around downtown S. Tahoe. We took the gondola to the top of the mountain one day, and it was hard to get many good pics because we couldn’t take our cameras with us skiing. We ate entirely too much all week long, and we just had fun hanging out at the house or going out to eat. It took us a while to get adjusted to the time change, and the first day, the kids woke up at 4:50. NOT GOOD. Every day got a little later, and finally by the 5th day they were sleeping until almost 8:00. We were so very surprised to walk into our house the first day we arrived and see that Buddy was already there!!! We had no idea he knew how to find us!!
Hiking in our backyard
This was one night at a restaurant. This does NOT happen with Cole. He was that tired!!
Papa Rod - We kept waning to sing "Back in Black" when we would see him.
We couldn’t believe how late the kids slept Christmas morning. Almost 8:00? That is probably the last time that will ever happen, but I think the exhaustion had caught up with everyone. Chloe was worried about Santa not coming, but she was also worried that if Santa did come, we wouldn’t be able to get the gifts home on the plane. So, we left Santa a note, and he wrote us back and did just what Chloe wanted!
After a fun, lazy morning, we geared up and walked over to the lift and closed out our trip with a last day of skiing. I wish I had been able to take pics of our last skiing day, but there’s no way I could handle the camera and ski. AD got Matt and me out of our comfort zone, and we ended the trip by going to the top of the mountain and skiing down twice. It was HARD, but it was beautiful. I need a picture to describe the view we had. After the second time down, my legs were shot and I was beyond beat! It was a great way to end the trip – but before ending it, we soaked in the hot tub one last time!
A great trip and a great Christmas!