Thursday, February 05, 2009

A Week on a Hill

Caution: This is going to be a picture heavy post about a family holiday. Not interested? Stay tuned for future posts!

Our trip to Sugarloaf, Maine on a ski trip was lovely. Unfortunately, I was not able to ski but conditions were ideal for DH and he and his best friend skied as much as possible. Iain and I tried our best to have a holiday too. We decided that an indoor pool (that someone else takes care of…) would be ideal and took advantage of the spa pool in our building for four of the five mornings we stayed on the hill. Iain really enjoyed it but, as the pool was a little cooler than he is used to and, after making the mistake of dangling his toes in the hot tub after the pool on day one, all he really wanted to do the other three days was hit the hot tub.

On the morning that he did not go skiing, Iain went sledding with Daddy! DH got some really cute video footage. I’m just going to show you the third of the videos DH took – I don’t want to bore you with ‘someone else’s holiday videos’ but, as you can see, Iain really enjoys winter sports!

The whole trip was a bit of an adventure for Iain. From playing in the condo,

to swimming, playing with S and ML, playing in the snow, his first afternoon at a daycare (gulp! I did it and he enjoyed it so much that I signed him up for our last two afternoons!),

I think the week turned out to be a great holiday for him. It was the first time in a long time that getting him to sleep at his usual bedtime was not much of an issue. He was pooped!

We stayed at a condo on the mountain from Sunday through Thursday night and then spent Friday night at the lovely Three Stanley Avenue B&B in Kingfield, Maine.

If you are ever in the area and need accommodation, we highly recommend it. Great rooms, great rates, a lovely breakfast at the restaurant (also a restored and stately home) next door and, best of all, they love children!

We also figured out a new use for knitted items on our rather long drive home. I forgot to pack a plastic container for Iain to eat snacks from. Necessity being the mother of invention…

Worked a charm!

On a separate note, it’s really interesting some of the comments you receive when you use ‘Ghost Blog’ as a post title…

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Ghost Blog

It’s embarrassing to me how much this blog has become a ghost blog of late. I have to thank those of you who keep checking in for updates - bless you! There are lots of things happening at Chez Fibreholic that I’m not yet at liberty to share but which make writing blog posts a little more difficult than usual. Do not fret, I will tell you all about it in good time. The frustrating thing is that it is not like I don’t have blogging fodder because I have lots!

For example, last week was our annual ski trip to Sugarloaf, Maine. I have lots of lovely pictures and stories to share with you about that trip. I also have some knitting progress to show you. No, no FOs yet but I have been working on my Marilyn sweater. It’s been off the needles for sizing twice and still needs another inch of knitting before I can start on the sleeves. Unfortunately, this stage of the knitting process is of the invisible variety. I knit and knit and knit and the measuring tape still doesn’t show any signs of growth. Something to do with the increases at either side of the raglan sleeves and the fact that I want to start on the sleeves NOW! I have also been doing some sewing and am working on a blind for our dining room.

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it on the blog before but Iain is taking swimming lessons at the base pool.

This session, he is the only child in his class! Although this means he is at a disadvantage for interacting with other children in a wet environment, it does make it easy to take videos of him during class without having to worry about having other children in the pictures by accident.

Here are Iain and Daddy during Iain’s first lesson of this session.

I watch from the sidelines as thirty minutes of constant exposure to chlorinated water is not good for the skin on my hands. I did brave the aquatic elements during our ski week and had Iain in the pool for four of our five mornings there. He is getting more and more comfortable in deep, cool water (the warm bathtub water certainly isn’t an issue!).

And, for this week at least, here is one of the reasons why I have not been blogging. It is also one of the reasons why I do not like the first week home from a holiday.

Can you blame me? Sigh.