Weekend Redo

13 Jan

I was given a second chance at a long weekend. And for a second time, I was asked to come in on Sunday. This time, even they felt bad about asking and immediately said to not worry about it. So I didn’t. Well, not too much.

I devoted my first day off to rest. At 8:00 AM, I drug myself out of bed. I NEVER sleep that late, but having gone to bed between 1 and 2 AM the previous 4 nights, I was tired. I worked out to TV shows I’m not used to seeing, and ate breakfast pretty close to lunch time. I spent the rest of the day chillaxin’, and only took a short break to play with my new vacuum.

Saturday was used to replenish the pantry and fridge. The kids, bored from being cooped up all week, cleared out the food entirely. Once it was stocked, I tried out a few recipes I wanted to make last weekend. Homemade granola (yum), oven “fried” pickles (yuck), and Greek chicken (deelish!)

But the best part of my weekend, was today. Today, we celebrated the New Year as a family. Finally. Every year, we try to do something a little different. Before I began working in a hotel, we used to welcome the New Year in different locations – Gatlinburg and Table Rock Lake to name a few. Then we began doing things we’d never done – ice skating, laser tag, and today….

snow skiing.







Mario and Chip

Mario and Chip

Amp, Chip, and the hot girl?

Amp, Chip, and the hot girl?

Amp and Chip

Amp and Chip




We couldn’t have asked for a better day. The temps were in the 60s, allowing Hubby and I to watch without freezing. The kids were able to ski without wearing too much bulk. In fact, they were shedding layers with each trip down the hill.

The snow here is all brought in, although I’m sure some of the snow we had this last weekend helped build it up. And for beginners, they did very well. Chip took one hard spill, scratching up his head and face on the icy snow. (The one time he chose to go down without his helmet…..) and Amp took a horrific spill which I’m thankful I didn’t witness. It knocked the wind out of him for some time, and his chest and back are a little sore, but I think he’ll be alright. In fact, he’s quite proud that he “bit it”.

Near dark, we came into the lodge to warm up a bit, and grab some grub. The kids were starving and were anxious to tell their tales, often talking over each other. I tingled from head to toe listening to how happy and excited they were. I was so happy to have had this day.

The hour and a half ride home was very quiet, the exhaustion finally settling in. I’m quite sure their muscles will be screaming tomorrow, but I know they’ll say it was all worth it.

A terrific start to the New Year, even if slightly delayed.

Amp, Chip, and Mario

Amp, Chip, and Mario




Posted by on January 13, 2014 in Family, Holidays


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14 responses to “Weekend Redo

  1. Rock Chef

    January 13, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Sounds like a splendid day, although I must admit that I would have been terrified to watch my kids do stuff like that!

    • shadowrun300

      January 14, 2014 at 3:33 am

      I couldn’t NOT watch them. I was excited and worried at the same time. When I saw Chip go down, I jumped up and had to refrain myself from running down the slope to check on him. And like I said, it’s best I did not see Amp go down. Especially since it took him a minute to get back up.
      But it was FUN!

  2. The Thin Lady Inside

    January 13, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    I am glad even “they” felt bad for asking! Good for you for not feeling too bad and end up offering to still go to work! Look at all of you instead… enjoying and celebrating a new year in such a healthy/fun way! Awesome pics! Looks like a lot of fun!

    • shadowrun300

      January 14, 2014 at 3:34 am

      It was so much fun! And as sore as they are today, I think all of them would go back tomorrow if I let ’em!

  3. towardshealthylife

    January 13, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    So you didn’t have a go?;-) It looks like nice weather to have some fun in the snow! It reminded me of my childhood when our parents used to wake us up at 6am every Saturday of the winter to go skiing 1 1/2 hour away and we would spend the day there and everybody would sleep on the way back, hopefully not my dad who was driving. Love the photos!

    • shadowrun300

      January 14, 2014 at 3:36 am

      I debated a long time about whether or not I should go. I decided to not go since 1. Hubby couldn’t go. 2. It’s quite expensive. and 3. I want to train for some longer runs this summer and didn’t want to risk a broken leg. šŸ™‚
      I went skiing one time as a girl in Austria. I wasn’t very good at it, but it was my favorite vacation ever!

      • towardshealthylife

        January 15, 2014 at 2:15 pm

        They sure look like they are having a great time! I don’t know after like 20 years if I could ski again so I can understand lol

  4. Abby

    January 14, 2014 at 2:11 am

    There’s skiing/snowboarding near you? Wolfgang went twice over the break, which is the right word because now he’s broke!

    Looks like a fun day! Glad you weren’t at the hotel!

    • shadowrun300

      January 14, 2014 at 3:40 am

      Hard to believe, right? It’s all fake though. They shoot out the snow once things start getting cold around here, and as long as weather conditions cooperate, people from all around come to ski. It’s our first time going, and it’s great for beginners. I just wish it was a little closer, and yes, a little cheaper.
      SO much more fun than being at the hotel!

  5. territerri

    January 15, 2014 at 12:45 am

    Fun, fun, fun! If I were younger, I would totally try snowboarding. The kids look happy!

    • shadowrun300

      January 15, 2014 at 3:17 am

      Totally fun, fun, fun! And I was just watching! If I didn’t have a race coming up that I want to run in, I would have hit the slopes myself. I’d like to run injury free this time. šŸ™‚

  6. agg79

    January 15, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    I was going to ask if you gave it a go but I see that THL beat me to it. I would have figured you would be a natural for it (think of it as SUP on land). Sounds like a great way to recoup the lost weekend. At least it got the kids out of the house and some good exercise. Don’t sweat the little falls on the slopes. Those bumps and scrapes build character.

    • shadowrun300

      January 16, 2014 at 12:51 am

      I was all up for going, but then thought about how upset I would be if I pulled something, or broke something, and then not have been able to run. I have my sights on a 10 miler coming up, and for once, I’d like to be healthy and feeling good. šŸ™‚
      The boys fell many times during their runs, but each of them had a pretty major spill. It was those spills where I had to literally hold myself back, and not run down the hill screaming, “My baby fell! Someone help him!” They would have killed me, ’cause to them, it was pretty cool to come home with scrapes and bruises.

      • agg79

        January 16, 2014 at 2:51 am

        Yea, those youngsters can be a wee bit more resilient when it comes to skiiing or snowboarding. Last time I did any downhill stuff, there were a couple of 12 year old kids all over the slope, falling, crashing and bouncing up like it was no big deal. Two falls like those and I would be seeking the nearest hot tub and a good bottle of wine.


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