Winter Ski Vacation

šířka penisu It’s Fasnacht, and that means it’s time for our winter ski holiday. It’s been more than four years since Mom & Dad went skiing, and living where we do, we figured that it was best if Juliette began to learn to ski early.
So we booked ourselves into a Kinderhotel in Buchau, Austria for a week of skiing, along with a couple of friends and their 2-and-a-half year old daughter.

Sadly, the weather didn’t cooperate and conditions weren’t great – cloudy days with very limited visibility and poor snow coverage, but we did manage to get onto the mountain for three days. The kids stayed behind in the Kinderclub and seemed to have a fantastic week.

The kids did a three-day ski course. Juliette took pretty quickly to skis, but it was her friend Taline that was the real star of the show – from the very first run, she was skiing all the way to the end of the track without falling. In three days, she didn’t fall a single time. I have to admit, I had a little bit of talent-envy as I watched this 2.5 year old Olympian of the future.

The Kinderhotel had everything the kids could want – their own meals, slides, a bouncy castle, a jungle to explore, their very own pool – right down to tiny toddler-sized bathrooms for walking back from the pool.
We did get some snow on the last day, just as we were heading down the mountain. It was just enough to turn a 4-hour car trip into an epic 8.5-hour journey.

Bonnes vacances!

Alex takes a wagon ride in the snow.

Alex takes a wagon ride in the snow.

The girls pair up to push Vuthy on the tire swing

The girls pair up to push Vuthy on the tire swing

Juliette looks serious as she gets ready for her first ski run

Juliette looks serious as she gets ready for her first ski run

Face-painting day in the Kinderclub was a big success.  Until the make-up rubbed off on the back of Mom's bathrobe, leaving her wearing a clown-colored Turin Shroud for the rest of the vacation.

Face-painting day in the Kinderclub was a big success. Until the make-up rubbed off on the back of Mom’s bathrobe, leaving her wearing a clown-colored Turin Shroud for the rest of the vacation.

Looking a little more confident

Looking a little more confident

Future Olympian!

Future Olympian!

"Hey, Debbie," said Taline, "don't waste your time with all of these instructions.  I've already got the hang of this!"

“Hey, Debbie,” said Taline, “don’t waste your time with all of these instructions. I’ve already got the hang of this!”

Harder than it looks!

Harder than it looks!

With a ring

With a ring

"Look at the camera Taline!" said Matthew.  So she did.

“Look at the camera Taline!” said Matthew. So she did.

Two goofballs out for a ride in the buggy

Two goofballs out for a ride in the buggy

Kinderhotel Buchau

Kinderhotel Buchau

Playing in the snow

Playing in the snow

Boulangerie

Juliette is spending her school holidays at the daycare center, where they run special activities during the holidays. Today was a lot of fun, with a visit to the local boulangerie, where the kids got to make their own bread. Juliette treated us all to a taste at dinner.

Our proud little baker with her first baguette

Our proud little baker with her first baguette

Very quiet

As a parent, there’s only one thing worse than hearing your kids crashing around and breaking things. It’s silence. Nothing says “I’m up to no good” than twenty minutes of uninterrupted silence. It usually slips your mind until you think, “I haven’t heard the kids for a while,” and go upstairs to discover they’ve emptied Mom’s make-up box and decorated themselves, the walls, and the floor.

Mom has a bad cold right now and went upstairs to take a nap. Dad was downstairs in his study, catching up on some work. And Juliette was upstairs, playing in the living room. Until all the sudden, Dad realized that he hadn’t heard her playing for quite a while.

A quick search revealed that she was no where to be seen on the ground floor, so Dad checked whether she’d gone up to her bedroom to take a nap. When her bed was empty, Dad panicked slightly (“You had one job,” he imagined Mom chiding him) until he discovered this…

Juliette snuggled into bed next to Mom, and even decided to share her stuffed animals.  :)

Juliette snuggled into bed next to Mom, and even decided to share her stuffed animals. 🙂