Sunday, February 04, 2007

Cousins and Skiing

I was looking at this picture and it reminded me of a story that I wanted to blog about. This is a picture of all of the Smith cousins. The boy in the middle of the front row (the angelic blonde one) is the youngest. The last time we saw him, he was just a toddler. Evidently T didn't remember him, so he kept forgetting his name. The two didn't get along that well. C (the youngest) had a thing for T's toys and tried to play with him any chance he got. T got exasperated at the situation and told his Aunt, "that new kid of yours is really annoying!." Too funny, huh.

A note about the weather: It's -5 outside right now and we're in the middle of a blizzard. That means that it's really cold and snow is blowing everywhere.

When it was warmer (in the 20's) we took the kids skiing for the first time. My knees are bad, so I just took pictures. They did pretty well (the boys and M, I mean). Here are some highlights:

The boys practiced "skateboarding" on one ski to get the feel of the ski before putting on two skis.

M and the boys pose proudly on the slopes.

M holds T in between his legs while going up the tow rope. They have just gotten off the rope in this picture. T can do it all by himself now!

T celebrates his victory over the slopes.


CaliforniaGrammy said...

Great picture of the cousins in the matching sweaters (are those the ones "gramonthelake" provided?) a great family picture. And the ski pictures look -oh-so-cold! Thanks for the blog, S, it keeps us in touch with your life in the midwest. Can you believe it was 84 at your sister's yesterday?

CaliforniaGrammy said...

One more thing—these pictures will be great scrapping pictures, too! Great "first ski trip" page. I can see it now!

GreatAuntieP said...

Glad the boys are learning to ski, will look forward to a visit maybe from you all to Big Pine. Mammoth is only about 50 minutes away and we would love to see you all.