Today Marc's parents generously took us tubing at Soldier Hollow for the third time (but it was the first time Marc joined us!).
They even brought snacks and hand warmers for everyone – here Nicole was trying to warm up her face with them.
I wasn't sure how Eva was going to fare, as this was her first time actually tubing with us. (The first time we took Lucas, I had to force him to go on one run and then he loved it.) She was a bit dubious at the beginning but didn't require much convincing at all. I think it helped that Marc was there and we put her between the two of us.
It wasn't all that cold (about 40º, I think) and snowing lightly. We were all in good form.
I ate the tasty dried fruit and nuts that Mim & Bob brought during one of the times I was on the tow rope up the hill.
Because Eva was participating this year, Grandma & Grandpa were able to go tubing as well!
By this time, the snow was really coming down, and we were all getting quite wet. Also, the tow rope stopped at one point when we were being pulled up the hill and Eva's tube slipped off. Marc jumped off and re-attached her, but she was apparently irretrievably traumatized, because that was her last run.
It actually ended up being the last run for everyone. The heavy snow was preventing the runs from getting packed and sleek; with the constant fresh powder, the tubes were going slow and even coming to a stop on the hill. That combined with everyone being soaked and chilled led us back to the lodge to warm up.
Eva recovered quickly once she stripped off her snow clothes and warmed herself by the fire. (My camera lens was wet and foggy!)
After some warming up time, we went to a restaurant in Heber for lunch. Holy moly, look at those onion rings! Bob & Mim treated us all to lunch. Going out with the grandparents is especially exciting for the kids, as they are encouraged to order specialty drinks, and basically whatever else they want. (Incidentally, this restaurant had what they called "Utahn cream soda," which is an Italian cream soda made sweeter with Sprite. Ew. Nobody ordered one.)
Lucas and Eva were both in heaven, as they ordered pasta with butter, fries, and gelato for dessert.
Visibility was low coming down from the mountains. We were all wearing wet clothes (except for Lucas, the only smart one who brought a dry change of clothing). This was an adventure for my home-loving clan. It was a fun outing, and it felt oh so good to come home and take a hot shower!