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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Hitting the slopes ... well, almost

Tuesday was an in-service day at school, which meant the kids had an extra long weekend, especially after having Martin Luther King, Jr. day off.  Doug took a vacation day from work and we all took a drive down to Cabela's.  We had never been there and we knew Nick especially would love it.  We got there right around lunchtime so we satisfied our hunger at Cracker Barrel first.  It was yummy!  And the kids enjoyed walking around the restaurant looking at all the "stuff" on the walls and playing checkers on the checkerboard that was right by our table.  Right after our bellies were full, we headed across the highway to Cabela's.

There are many interesting things to see at Cabela's.  It is kind of like a museum and a store combined.  I will share pictures from the store another time.  But while we were there, Alex found a beginner ski set that was on clearance for 20 bucks (marked down from $50) and asked if he could get it.  We love when the kids get things that help them stay active, so we said yes.

He couldn't wait to get home and try them out.  That must have been the longest 2-hour car ride ever for him.  :)

Despite the really cold temps, when we got home, he came right in and got his snow gear on and headed outside. 

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He went to the top of the "little" hill in our back yard and that's when the fun began.

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On a completely unrelated note, the Quaker State hat he is wearing was his dad's hat when he was a kid.  Doug's dad used to work for Quaker State.  I can't believe we still have it!  And it is still in decent shape!  And that my kids want to wear something so old!  :) 

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As you can see, he didn't make it far down the hill before he fell.  He kept getting up and trying again and again.  When he finally made it to the bottom of the hill, I convinced him to just walk around on the flat part of the yard to get a feel for the skies on his feet.  So he did that for a few minutes, said it was boring, and then tried the hill again.  With pretty much the same result.  At that point, my fingers were frozen, so I retreated inside.

He came in a short while later a little miffed that he couldn't get the whole skiing thing right away.  We had a little talk about practicing things in order to get better at them.  He knows that already but there's still something inside that wants to be good at something new the first time.

He will continue to practice though.  He came home from school today, and despite the still-frigid temps (like single digits), he headed back out.  I expect he'll keep trying until either he gets it or the skis break.  :)  Either way, this should prove to be a good learning experience for him.  Well worth the 20 bucks.

Little by Little



5 comments:

Mersad said...

I can see why he was so excited to put on the gear and head out. He seems to enjoy the snow a lot. We are still waiting for some fresh snow here. Take care!

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Tamar SB said...

What fun and determination!

Kim said...

This is great! What a fun thing to be able to do on a snow day! He looks like he is having a blast. We love Cracker Barrel and that is pretty perfect on a cold day, too!

Nicki said...

That is a deal for some starter skis. Best way to learn - young and small falls. Every time I hear of Cabela's I think of my mother-in-law who gets a bird sweater from there from her significant other each.and.every.year - sometimes for her birthday.Christmas.Valentines Day.

Brea said...

Great action shots! And I love the fun he is having evidence by the big smile!