Monday, February 11, 2008

A Trip in Pictures

Suzanne, over at Yarnhog, entered a contest with the entry being a knitting story in pictures. She won an honourable mention too! Congratulations, Suzanne! I'm too late for the contest (and did not have a new knitting story in pictures to tell you about) but thought the idea of a story in pictures was a great way to tell you about our ski week! Here goes:

Iain's first driving lesson. While we were waiting to take the ferry from Digby, NS to St. John, NB, it was far too cold outside to be walking far so we waited in the car in the ferry line up after I finished nursing. As you can see, Iain loved his new toy!

This was Iain's second trip on this particular ferry (see here for his first ever ferry ride on the same ship). He seemed to enjoy this trip much more. He got to meet a new friend who was just a few weeks old and he got to play on the floor. Naturally, he got to sleep too. It was a three hour ferry trip after all.

Here's Iain's mother on the ferry! And, you're right, that doesn't look like knitting. The birthday cake hat required crocheting too.

Iain playing on the floor of our room at the Hampton Inn in Bangor, Maine. This overnight went well. On the way back, we stayed at the same hotel but it had been a rough drive from Sugarloaf because of a snow and sleet storm. I was too tired to take any other hotel pictures so this one will have to suffice.

Picking up groceries in Skowhegan, Maine. This was also Iain's first time in a shopping cart without being in his car seat. I believe he likes the freedom.

The living room of our condo at Sugarloaf. Yes, it was gorgeous. No, none of us wanted to return home. The condo was comprised of two stories. S and ML generously allowed us to have the top bedroom. The condo could be divided into two condos as our 'bedroom' had two doubles beds, its own small living room and television, a bar fridge and bathroom. We spent all of our time on the main floor in front of the gas fireplace though.

DH and I split days; he skied in the mornings and I was out in the afternoons. Ski lessons were included in our condo package (as well as lift tickets and full access to the fitness facility. We felt we got a great deal for the money we paid) so we all took lessons. I was the only beginner beginner though.

I had to get at least one other 'quasi-knitted' shot in here. This is Iain playing with one of Mommy's socks. Grandma knit them for Mommy. I really should do an exposé on Mudder's knit socks. I have about a dozen of them and, I daresay, DH has more. We are very spoiled and love the socks (and Mudder of course) to bits! Apparently they are now Iain approved as well ..

The built in high chair at our condo. DH's squadron at the base here at 14 Wing Greenwood is having a beard growing contest for Winter Carnival. DH is looking decidedly scruffy. It comes off this week. I can't wait...

My first time on downhill skis. Ever. I was so pleased to finish the week with a smile, no broken bones, and now being able to say that I can ski! As you can see, the weather was gorgeous. We got to ski four out of five days - the hill was closed on the Wednesday due to high winds - and three of those days were bright and sunny. The last day, Friday, was overcast and I ended my day skiing on the mountain in heavy snow. It was wonderful!

One of my concerns about skiing/snowboarding is my fear of heights. I'm terrified of looking down a hill and of using the lifts. For some reason, the lifts didn't scare me this trip. I'm on the left and my instructor, M, is on the right. I forgot to ask her permission to post this but, as you can see, she is hardly discernible so I decided to use the picture anyways. I must say, the instruction at Sugarloaf was excellent - we all took advantage of the lessons included with our condo package and we all learned a great deal. I was also very impressed with their committment to safety. DH and I took snowboarding lessons in Europe. Safety standards are a little different there and I felt much more comfortable taking ski lessons at Sugarloaf than I ever did in Europe.

This was Iain's first bus ride! Yes, there were a lot of firsts for Iain on this trip.

Iain's very first time in the pool. He looks okay in this shot but he was actually very concerned each time we got too far down in the water (e.g. his chest level). The pool was at regular pool temperature and I suspect his concern was mainly due to the fact that he simply found it too cold.

Playing on the floor at my cousin's log cabin home on Darlings Island, NB. We stayed here on our way to and from our holiday and had a great visit both times. Although it looks like it, Iain isn't crawling yet in this picture. He had mastered pushing himself backwards and has himself stuck under the couch!

I didn't get any ferry pictures on the way back. I was feeling a little green so DH cared for Iain while I slept most of the way. It was a fantastic holiday. When we arrived home, both DH and I felt like we'd been gone a year. Although we hadn't wanted to leave Sugarloaf and our friends, we were happy to be back in Middleton.

It's a snow morning here in Middleton - yeah! You never know, maybe I'll get a chance to write another post again this week. Keep your fingers crossed for me!


JustApril said...

What a great vacation! Looks awesome. Iain looks a little freaked out in the pool pick, he's got the vulcan grip on your arm! lol He looks totally relaxed the rest of the time, though, I love his dimply hands and cheeks =) so sweet!

Sarah said...

Sounds like you had a great ski trip. What a trip it was too, all the stops and ferry's. The ski hill looked nice and woodsy though. I like having things to look at while I am trying not to fall down the hill.

Iain is way too cute! And what is it with men and beards?

Anonymous said...

We have the exact same picture of Clarabel driving the car, though I think she's closer to a year.
Great trip!

Beware of the small children in the grocery throwing things overboard and squeezing the bread. I had forgotten and it only took Laila about a minute to remind me.

p.s. sending sewing and knitting mojo your way!!

Anonymous said...

Great pictures, and sounds like a fabulous trip :)

Little Iain will never want to ride in his carseat in the shopping cart again!

Yarnhog said...


That is one of the cutest babies I've ever seen. He's always so smily and clear-eyed. (Yes, I know he's not always, but that's all I ever see!) Glad you had fun on your trip. We're going next week. I'll be trying snowboarding for the first time and I'm hoping to make it home in one piece.