|Abigail with my baby sister Nicole|
But these two girls are all smiles and don't seem to mind - for now anyways.
She also LOVED sledding, especially since it was so easy pezy for her!! We would ride down the hill and then I would pull her back up. She told me every time that she wanted to go far and to go fast.
here to see a video of us riding up to the upper meadow.
video is what started it all. So Lexi is Chris's oldest and she is "hard core" just like her Dad. :) It's actually pretty humorous to see the girl version of him - only she is much more loving and gentle than he was at that age. So at the bottom of the sledding hill Lexi decided to go up a snowbank and catch some air into a pile of trees and snow. It was pretty sweet and Chris wasn't about to miss out. So on the next run down, my sister's (Stacey) daughter Ashlyn wanted to sled down with Chris. Chris was still bound and determined to hit that jump even though he had a 5 year old with him. The picture below shows where they started into the air (where Chis and Ash are standing - to where they landed where Lex is standing). It was taken with my panoramic shot. It was a good 20 feet of air. Ash landed with her head buried in the snow and a yard sale of all her snow clothes. As you see in picture above Chris was covered in snow from very top to very bottom as well. After Ash got over the shock of it all, she loved being the family celebrity of surviving the longest air jump yet!!
video to go with it.
She gave Hayden a ride down to the cafeteria where she was going to be eating dinner.
We had a pretty rough ride home to say the least. As I was buckling Abbie in to start our drive home through the night, she threw up just a little but I thought we gotta just get going. Then 5 minutes later when I stopped to gas up Hayden threw up - thanks to Grandma Karen for packing us with 2 ice cream buckets!!!! Those things saved us!!! Before we even left the city where my parents live we had 4 throw ups!!! That was just the beginning - for the next 19 hours all three of my kids were throwing up off and on. We did have some blessings though. I stayed healthy thanks to a blessing given to me by my Dad. I was able to keep my calm and patience the whole time. I had a driver for my van the whole time so I could just tend to the kids. Jay bought us a thing of hand sanitizer that was crucial and before the trip even began I just happened to pack a full pack of wipes. Carter was so tough and grown up about it all. He never whined or complained or cried about being sick. When it came time to throw up he would just do it in the bucket and be done with it - no theatrics. He's better than I am!! That picture of my precious Hayden was just so sad - she was SOOOOO sick!! The picture of Carter was once we had gotten home I wouldn't let Matt touch the car so I got all the kids out and sent him up with them straight to the bath while I began the beginning stages of "hazmatting" the car and doing laundry. (Bonnie took the car to get detailed the next day - another huge blessing. And guess what it actually smells good in there again - I truly didn't know if that would be possible.) Once Carter got out of the bath and went into his room to get dressed he must have turned on his electric blanket - something he wanted desperately for Christmas :) - so that is him on his knees, naked, leaning onto his bed asleep wrapped in his precious blanket. I am rethinking ever doing that drive again but we will see....