We drove home through the mountains in an absolute blizzard. Barely crawling along, yet still managed to end up sideways on the road at one point! It was scary! However, we woke up the mountains having 12+ inches of fresh powder. So of course Finn needed his first pair of skis, so that he could join the family on the first ski day of the season!
He tolerated putting on all the gear so well. Boots, helmet, skis... no issues! He did lots of watching, really just wanting to use the tow rope & the chairlift. But I wanted his first day to be slow and about just taking it all in. I wanted the day to be a real positive one. While Conor & Liam headed off on their own, I helped Finn down a super small slope a handful of times. He loved it when he picked up speed, but always wanted me close. He's still figuring out his balance. No video footage yet, since I had no free hands while helping him. We stayed on the slopes the whole two hours, always waiting for big brother & Daddy and to make it back down the hill.
This is Liam's third year skiing, and he continues to thrive. He's confident, which is so fun to see shown on his face. I love his enthusiasm for the sport, as it was one of my favorites growing up. Once the sun had set, we hit the lodge for hot cocoa and beers. Because that is the one and only way to end a ski day!
And then to finish out the weekend, we put together & decorated our gingerbread house. We used the Trader Joe's kit again (which I love, it's adorable); although, next year I think Liam would love to make our own gingerbread. Doing things from scratch is always more fun. Finn joined in too; however, we had to give him a sucker to keep him from eating all the candy. But he was just as into as big brother. I fondly remember making gingerbread houses when I was younger (although we always made them from graham crackers), which makes this another tradition I love continuing. The Christmas music was blaring, the mimosas flowing, & just a whole lot of Christmas cheer going around.
I wish every weekend could be like this one, but then it wouldn't feel as special I suppose.
Looking forward to more Christmas-ness as the unopened doors on our advent calendars get fewer & fewer.