Monday, February 23, 2009

Fun without the kids

Considering that past 2 months have been awful - we decided it was time for a break. We have never gone skiing together so we thought we would try it out in Flagstaff over the weekend. I have only skied once and that was in high school and Paul hasn't been since college so we thought it would be fun to do.
My mother GRACIOUSLY watched our kids and we headed out to Flagstaff on Thursday morning. We hit the outlet malls at Anthem where Paul insisted I buy a few things for myself. What husband normally encourages this! He was surprised to see how difficult it is for women to shop - what with the sizes never being the same in any one store and the fact that all the styles are strapless, sleeveless or see through! He now knows why I don't particularly like to shop for clothes. Anyway I don't need to write all the details of my shopping experiences but I did get a few new things and so did Paul so that worked out well.
Friday we hit the slopes and it took awhile for me to get comfortable skiing again. We basically stayed in the "easy" area because I kept falling down. I would get to where I was going really good and then I would speed up and become nervous and bite the dust. The good thing was everyone else was falling too. When we rode the ski lift up to the top of the mountain the slope under us was littered with people who had fallen down. The one amazing thing though, was the number of little kids that could ski. Better than me infact! And they didn't even use poles, they just skied straight down the hill using their arms for balance.

I am looking very sunburned but actually I wasn't, must've been the glare from all the snow

Paul the pro skier - he didn't even fall - lost his balance once - but no falling down the slopes like I did several times.

After 5 hours of skiing, I was physically exhausted. I hurt in places I didn't even know could hurt. We headed back to our hotel where once we walked in the room, I promptly fell across the bed and slept for two hours! Anyway we had a lot of fun and it was so nice to just get away and be together - heck we even slept in until 7am! Around here that is late...ha.ha...


  1. I am so happy for you! You two deserve a break more than most people I know. You have the best Mom in the world! I'm so glad you got a little vacation from it all!

  2. I'm so sorry we missed going with you guys! It would've been so fun. If you've read my blog, you will note that we actually ended up going to Brianhead this weekend-and taking all the kids. I'll do a post about that ASAP, I just started my 2 online classes today so it might be a day or two.

  3. So glad you had such a great time!! We should find babysitters and hit the Anthem shops together someday.

  4. Hey Erika,
    Mike and I went over there last weekend just for a night to go to a wedding (without the kids) and even though this was the first time I have ever left ALL of them, it was super nice to have me and Mike time! So I totally understand how that goes, it looks like you guys had a deserve it after the last month you've had!

  5. Sounds like a Great Weekend away. Brad has never been, I learned in High School, but also spent a lot of time falling : ) Glad you guys had a nice, fun break.

  6. Love the outlets in Anthem! How fun that you guys were able to get away without the kiddos... you definitly deserve it after all the craziness lately!