one of firsts. beckham's and tessa's. bex, a jolly, self-content little boy who got smooched so much I don't know how he still has cheeks. tessa a perfectly groomed little lady always looking her finest and capturing everyone's awe.
tobogganing. behind the polaris, slowly. down the chute, fast. over the snow bank catching air and landing in a tangled heap laughing so hard we couldn't move.
skiing. cooper's first time. all of mom's hesitations and worries were unfounded for sure. he was, in his teachers words, "the happiest kid on the mountain." a quick learner, one who verbally shares his joy with anyone within a 50 yard radius.
the talent show. the pictures reveal too much... too much "tight"ness, too much skin, too many flared nostrils, too much laughter and not nearly the embarrassment that should have been present.
rosy cheeks. cooper was outside all day every day. if he wasn't skiing, or snowshoeing, he was sledding over and over and over. he and dad made a luge run down the back stairs, around the turn, and down more stairs... it was fabulous.
cozy. an actual wood-burning fire in the fireplace every day. hand and toe warmers purchased in bulk. heated floors throughout the place. more of a blessing for my cold-destined body than any of you will understand.
culinary delights. kate's muffins, lindsay's pancakes and popcorn, mom's cookies and sourdough pancakes and divine dinners every night.
together. movies under blankets, games bringing competiveness to the surface, quiet early morning reads.
snowshoeing. into the untouched to find a tree and through the darkness to find our dinner in a cozy yurt. without children. read: much needed.
beanbags. "does anyone want to go downstairs and have some fun?"
grandma and grandpa. grandpa playing with beckham endlessly. humoring cooper, laughing at senny and being oh so sweet with tess. grandma sacrificing her vacation so we could have one... taking care of children so their parents could play!
scenery. the slowly-freezing lake, trees appearing to be frosted and so much snow it hid us from the rest of the world for a week.
saying goodbye. it's ok, there really is only one and only AB.
hot tub. attempting to make it in and out without our feet freezing off. enjoying the vegas light show and great conversation. and the snow mom dumped on our heads.
cousins. tickles, kisses, cuddles and laughter.
christmas morning. the anticipation, the giving, the tutus, harrie wins the prize for best gift this year.
aunt lindsay and uncle ben. need I say more? if only all children were as fortunate to have these in their lives.
and one wonders why we're having a hard time adjusting back to reality...