Thursday, March 26, 2009

Way Fun Times in Whistler

Had a fabulous time on our anniversary trip to Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. Just another perk to living in Washington State. Just a day's drive to the number 1 ski resort in North America! Whistler was a super cool place. A lot of hype about the XXI Winter Olympics happening there next year and that was pretty exciting.
So, I have quite a few pictures to share so I'll try to let the picture captions tell about our adventures.

See what I mean...the Olympics are coming and these guys are advertising. In fact, we bought Kade an Olympic shirt that was on sale and the lady at the store told us that it was, get this.... last year's line....and this year's line just came out. Mind you the Olympics aren't until 2010.

On Sunday morning we got up and put on our ski gear and headed to the slopes. We only had about a 5 minute walk through Whistler village to get to the gondolas. Here is one of our first looks at the ski runs.

Sunday was a beautiful day and we decided to go ahead and take the brand new Peak 2 Peak Gondola that just opened. This is one pretty amazing ride. You get to go from Whistler mountain over to Blackcomb mountain. The ride takes 11 minutes. We rode over with a couple of regulars to Whistler and they told us previously it took about an hour and a half to get from one mountain to the other.

Kyle and I riding the Peak 2 Peak.

Just look at that view behind us. It was totally breathtaking. God is so amazing that He created such beauty for us to enjoy.

Here's Kyle on the slopes. He spent a lot of time waiting patiently on me. Here are the realizations that I came to on day 1 of hitting the slopes:
-several years, several pounds, two babies and fast new ski's (as opposed to rentals) really does make a difference in how prepared you are to ski down the mountain.
-the thrill of skiing for me IS NOT THE SPEED!!! I just like coming down the mountain at my own pace.

I like to go slow enough that I can look out and see the beauty around me! If I'd been speeding down the mountain like a madwoman I would have missed this spectacular view! Plus when you fall it doesn't hurt as bad if you're not going very fast.

This is still day 1 on the slopes and you might not can tell by the smile on my face but my legs were about to fall off. This wasn't actually a pit stop to pose for a picture, it was a pit stop to let my legs have a break.

We came in Sunday afternoon after a day of skiing and had a nice surprise from Stephanie and the boys. They had baked some cookies and Kade wrote this sweet note to go with them.

Decided to venture out with the family for a little "fire and ice" show that they were doing at the base of the mountain. Boy was Kade excited to get out. Here he is strutting down the village stroll with his snow boots on....he is on a mission to find some snow.

And that is just what he did...find snow. Kade wanted to walk up the mountain and Kyle, being such a good Daddy, took off with him up the slopes.

Can't you just picture this little guy coming down on skis next year?

This just gives you an idea of how far these guys trudged through the snow. Kade was having a blast and getting some good use out of his snow boots.

Ryne, on the other hand was all tuckered out and had to have a little nap.

Here is the one family picture we managed to take on this trip.

Kyle and Kade watching the fire and ice show warm up. Some pretty crazy stunts from skiers and boarders. Kade clapped and cheered for each one.

Here is one skier who came up the ramp backwards and was about to do a flip. No wonder, Kade was cheering....they were pretty talented.

Here's Stephanie with Ryne in his cute little snow hat. Can't even tell you how nice it was to have Stephanie as our traveling nanny. Kyle and I really got to have a great time together without trying to keep up with two little guys. She was great with them and I was not ever worried if they were okay while we were away. This was the first real Mommy break I've had since Ryne was born and I didn't even realize how much I needed it. Thanks Steph for being our traveling nanny!

Kyle surprised me Sunday night when we went out to dinner and he had a present for me. I was surprised first of all by the trip and wasn't expecting anything else at all....certainly didn't deserve anything else! But my sweet husband gave me this beautiful anniversary band lined with diamonds. (the new ring is closer to Kyle's thumb in the pic) I LOVE IT! Wow, I'm so blessed to have a husband how loves me so much and takes such good care of me!

Day we come! Snow was falling and it was a bit colder but still a fabulous day for skiing.

You can see in this pic of Kyle that it wasn't quite as clear on Monday but it was still beautiful. Was nice to have some fresh snow to ski on. This is probably actually a picture of Kyle waiting on me. He did a lot of that. But to be fair I would always take my turn waiting on him with a nice cup of coffee and a snack at the bottom of the mountain while he rode back up and came down as fast and furious as he wanted to! I thought that was only fair.

Here are the boys all bundled up and ready to head out again.

Isn't Ryne so cute in his little coat?

Our adventure on Monday was a trip to "Cows" for ice cream. Kade was loving his ice cream cone and wanted no help at all with eating it. Got Kade full of ice cream and left him with Steph while we went to dinner. This made like three date nights in a row! We really did some good eating.

To top it all off, we decided to have two dates on Monday place for dinner....stroll around a bit.....another place for dessert. Look at this yummy dessert...Baklava for Kyle and Chocolate Eruption Cheesecake for me!

Tuesday morning we had to get ready to leave. Kyle and I went out for Crepe's for breakfast and got a couple of souvenirs...trying to milk this trip for all it was worth. Kade is getting one last look at the snow falling from our place before we had to go.

And of course we couldn't go before we checked under everything for run-away toys that might be hiding. Kade was very good at helping his daddy with this job...I think he actually found a truck under the coffee table here.
Now we are back home and trying to get back in the swing of things.
Was the best fifth anniversary I've ever had!!!


Granddaddy and C.G. said...

Ohhh what fun!!! And a great time was had by all!!
Thanks for the update. Love and miss you all bunches!!!!!!

ashleydiggs said...

OH it looks like you had so much fun! I'll have to keep that traveling nanny thing in mind!

Amber said...

Oh my gosh, Terry....can I just tell you how jealous I am about right now! What an amazing trip!

Happy Anniversary!

The Haywoods said...

Love the new diamonds that you got. What an awesome surprise. Your trip makes me want to try skiing...or at least visit Cananda!

Carozza Family said...

I'm so jealous! Great times...
-Marc C

Stephanie said...

Anytime!! Glad you guys had fun, i would do it for you guys anytime! I had a blast with those boys! :) Glad you got to enjoy it!!! :)

patti said...

OH OH OH! Add me to the jealous list. that looks like some amazing skiing and I'm so excited that you guys finally got to ski together. We can't wait for next ski season...gray will be big enough!! I can just picture g and kade skiing together...clear the slopes!

trying to catch up on my blog reading but I think I"m way to behind.

Glad you had so me chick ole. I admit we go there at least once a week if not more. I'll think of you everytime now. hugs~