Monday, June 14, 2010


Our annual trip to Snowbird was last week. Marc took the boys up and I brought Eva the next day (we had to stay behind for dance photos).

When I arrived, Grandpa was working on a color mixing chart of his watercolors. He's had a renewed interest in painting lately, and I found his charts to be so pleasing.

My doctor called in some more prescriptions for me that I picked up on my way out of town. I was excited to take the cough syrup with codeine, thinking it would help me sleep. Instead, it kept me awake. So I decided to take it only during the day, but it made me incredibly ill. So dizzy and nauseous that I couldn't even move. No more of that for me! (And why is it even more miserable to be sick away from home?)

Michelle brought a new 1000 piece puzzle. We both really enjoy working on puzzles on vacation, and the kids occasionally help us as well.

Grandpa brought two guitars and was giving lessons to any interested parties. Max, Lucas and Kristen were all interested, and as there were more players than guitars, they were in hot demand! I couldn't believe how quickly they picked up the different chords and strumming patterns (can you tell I don't know anything about the guitar?). I think my boys are both missing it and wishing we had one of our own.

The first night we were there, the kids all watched Alice in Wonderland in Michelle's room, but I had to stay with Eva because she was feeling fearful. Lucas knew I was somewhat disappointed, so he watched it with me the next day (I spent a lot of time recovering in bed).

Lucas took the treats I brought and arranged them to look like a hotel mini-bar. Until he did that, I hadn't realized how much junk I brought!

Last year, I bought Eva a lifejacket to give her a little more independence in the pool, but she wasn't having it. This year something changed and she loved it! Grandma and Michelle were so nice to swim with her since my lungs weren't up to that yet.

I sat by the pool and read. I couldn't believe how good it felt to just be outside after being cooped up indoors for such a long time.

Grandpa joined me.

an Olivier sandwich

After swimming one day, Eva put herself down for a much-needed nap. Hallelujah! (I never want to nap in my bathing suit...)

It was different for me this year, with no swimming and no working out in the spa with this beautiful view:

Still, I was able to use the steam room and relax in the solarium afterward (truly blissful). Bob and Mim were so kind to play with Eva, prepare meals, etc. so that I could just rest and try to get better. And the kids had a wonderful time, as usual.

We had great weather this year with warm, sunny days and stormy nights. (One night we had a gigantic storm which Max declared to be the coolest thing of his life.) Max was sad that he had to leave early for Trek, and Lucas was sad that Max was gone, but all in all, it was a very nice week in the mountains.


Claudissima said...

Wow...what a beautiful place...I learned to ski there!! So good to hear everyone had time, I love the photo of the boys with the guitars, and what a bummer that you were not up to par! Hoping this resting made you whole...LOVE THE STEAM! I try to go at least 3 times a week!

Hannah said...

Though different from you usual time- its fun to see this from your recovering perspective! I am glad you let yourself rest while there- it looks beautiful!

Jill said...

It is so generous of Bob and Mim to provide this vacation for everyone each year! I think it is so therapeutic to spend time in the mountains (even if it's a major hassle to get there). I'm so glad they took care of you and let you rest.

Michelle said...

All I can say is...can we go back now?

Denise said...

All I can say is, Can I go next time? I love reading about your Snowbird vacations and enjoying them vicariously.

I'm still chuckling over Lucas's mini-bar setup. Now that's my kind of mini-bar!

amyfm said...

Your grandpa's watercolor mixing chart is so cool. I would totally frame it.

I'm glad you were able to get away and spend sometime in the good outdoors.

I love how wasted they are after a day of swimming.

Charlotte said...

What a fun "mini-bar"! I'm so glad you could go and be taken care of for the week. I'm hoping that it sped up your recovery (though it was still oh-so-long). So glad you're feeling better! Love you!

Susan said...

The whole week looks heavenly and relaxing. I'm with Denise, can I come next year?

Looks like a great time was had by all and I'm so happy that you had some time to try to recooperate.

And for the record, Codiene does the same to me. Ugh.

everything pink! said...

what? those watercolor charts are art themselves. very cool.

rebekah said...

I love those water color charts! He clearly has the patience of an artisan...Something I admire, but have yet to achieve, due to my complete lack of persistence.

Well, I'm annoyed that you were sick for Snowbird! What a rip!

I almost bought a puzzle last week, but since my living situation is temporary, I didn't. Sad, but I don't think I can knock-out 1,000 pieces on my own in the next month!

Love the minibar!

Oh, heebie jeebies! Just the thought of getting into bed with a wet suit and wet hair is giving me the chill!

The words 'steam room' and 'solarium' are making my heart a little sad right now. Calgon, take me away!

rebekah said...

Another comment lost to the ether...&#*%!!!

I'm glad you were able to enjoy some of this vacation! At least being sick away from home (and in comfortable surroundings) is a little exotic...hopefully.

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