The scene I will likely see more often than the actual slopes. But that’s OK.
I’m going skiing for the first time ever in my life.
With only my super-cute husband. NO KIDS.
No one will be asking me for Goldfish or if they can play their Leapster. No one will be yelling and bickering in the background (at least no one I will be responsible for correcting). I won’t be changing any diapers (at least I don’t think) and I won’t touch a sippy cup for five days.
JJ’s brother, Kent, and his adorable wife, Kim, are going with us.
It will be so very fun. I think.
Don’t get me wrong – I love Kent and Kim. I really, really love JJ. I am relishing the thought of spending five days with only him though my mama heart is hurting just a little bit. (Oh, I know. For crying out loud. Get a life.)
But skiing? Seriously?
I would have chosen a beach that would allow me to drink tropical, fruity drinks with an umbrella, read magazines all day long and nap lazily on a sun chair.
It’s time to grow and try something new. I’m trying to have an open mind. Really. I am.
It’s just that I have to finagle limbs of all kinds into snow pants, heavy winter coats, hats, ridiculous mittens/gloves that my kids can’t seem to get their little fingers into, and boots ALL THE TIME IN THE WINTER.
Getting on my own winter gear while on vacation is not sounding like fun to me.
I’m kind of tired of the hassle.
But alas, I’m going to try it. I know it will be fun. I just know it.
I already looked at the place where we will be staying. There’s a spa. And a lodge. Whew.
I’m mostly looking forward to some writing time. I will be starting my story and plan to publish the first installment next week.
Until then, I’m on the slopes, pals. Or maybe not.
5 days kid free?! What the… wow, sounds incredible. Even if you don’t dig the skiing, the spa is a viable option. Don’t feel bad about missing the kids. I would too. Tevyn (my oldest) goes to stay with his grandparents for the weekend sometimes and, it never fails, I say that I miss him at least twice while he’s gone. I hope you thoroughly enjoy your vacation!!!
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Oh my goodness my heart goes out to you. If I went away for a few days without the kids I would feel naked. Might be good for me!! A vacation from snow to snow…but hey like you said there will be a spa :)
oh, sounds like a blast! where are you going? I think just being away with big ppl (though I totally get you on missing the littles).. I have a really hard time being away. but once youre there, you will *almost* forget you have kids! LOL
don’t try and crazy olympian moves..
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Do they have a wine bar? That would help with homesickness, skiing ability, and writing. It’s practically medicinal.
Skiing is a blast. I learned at 16 and absolutely suck at it. But it’s still a ton of fun. And the snowplow is nor hard at all to learn. Have fun. And tell JJ I miss him.
I know about the mama heart. No matter how much they annoy you and how much 5 days away sound fun, it still beats for them.
Yesterday I was in a bathroom at Mall of America and missed my daughter because she wasn’t banging down the door asking “Mama, what are you doing in there?”
Enjoy your trip and HIT THE SPA!!! Screw the skiing. I would love to just sit out and watch the slopes from a nice cozy lodge with some hot chocolate with Bailey’s. Yumm!
Simply hysterical. I went to the bathroom the other day and was quite lonely. I was missing all three of my little people AND OUR DOG…
No need to say get a life for missing your kids before you have left. I would dream about a vacation with my husband alone for five days but my heart would be so heavy as well. That is so normal. Although I would rather be on a beach sipping fruity drinks just as you have described, but sking is fun too!!
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Let me just say, my favorite part and only part of skiing I like are the out door fireplaces and bar areas where you can sit and watch the fools come down the hill. I went in college ONCE and never plan on going again. GOOD LUCK! There is always good coversation with the other chickens at the bottom of the hill/mountain LOL!!! Have fun!
Except they don’t have those wonderful things here… Bummer. I’ll have to scope those out for the next trip…
oh how exciting!!! I agree, I would prefer to be on a warm sandy beach somewhere, but skiing for your first time will be a great adventure. And 5 days alone with the hubby, how awesome is that! I would miss my kids like crazy too, but there are the perks without the kids. We are planning a cruise soon. We can’t stand the thought of leaving them for a week, so we are looking into a cruise that has childcare on board, that way we get the best of both worlds :)
Have Sooooo much fun! I look forward to reading about it!
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JJ and I went to Mexico last year. Just us. I was so nervous and felt like I was just the worst mommy for even considering it let alone doing it. Well. Guess what? My kids survived and actually had a ball and JJ and I grew in our marriage. It was worth it.
Whatever you decide will be great. But just had to share. ;)
my parents take a ski trip with my dad’s sister and her husband. they plan a fun getaway – no kids, no work, just relaxation. my mom doesn’t ski at all – but she always goes with them and always has tons of fun.
i’m sure your trip will be spectacular even if you miss your kids :)
Good luck girl! I’m SUCH a chicken…well, kinda…I took 5…FIVE private ski lessons. I CANNOT SKI! The last time my husband went skiing with friends, I stayed in the lodge and sipped on hot chocolate and read a book! LOL I know my limits now.
Thanks, Melody! The lodge is a great place, I say…So is the spa….
I’ve been craving some beach time, too. Even going so far to look up hotel prices to stay for two nights, even though I know it’s probably not going to happen any time soon. Good luck skiing, and stay safe! Stopping by from SITS. Have a good weekend! :)
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I would LOVE five days without kids! Or one day really. Skiing is a lot of fun but I would probably have chosen the beach myself. :) Have a fantastic time!
Thanks for stopping my my blog the other day. I’ve been sick so it’s take me a couple of days to return the favor. I’ve subscribed so I’ll be back.
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Your blog is darling, Marilyn. I love it. Get well soon even though mommy’s are never allowed to be sick…:)
Hi Natalie – I’ve never skied either and swear regularly that I’m going to learn… I’m probably the only Canadian on earth who doesn’t ski. The last time we actually planned a trip for me to learn I found out I was pregnant and the OB suggested this was probably not the very best time to take it up. So good for you!! I’m interested to hear how it goes. Found you in the writers’ group on MBC, and love your blog! Drop by and see me if you can :).
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Yes, I am thinking a pregnant mama better avoid the slopes. I did drop by and see you and your blog is fantastic! I emailed you a comment. Thanks for reading, Peryl!
Oh, I do hope that you are safe! Learning to ski beyond 15 is a dangerous business. I look forward to hearing and, “I still have four limbs” post. Be safe. Happy Writing!!!
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All limbs are accounted for, Tracy! So far so good! :)
Have fun, Aunt Natalie! I’ve never been skiing either, so I look forward to reading about the experience from a first timer’s perspective. I’m also looking forward to your story. When Greg and I went to Tennessee in early spring last year, I sat out on the deck of the cabin and wrote as well. The mountain view was such an inspiring atmosphere. Tell Uncle JJ and Uncle Kent and Aunt Kim I said “hello!”
Thanks, Ashley. Stay tuned.
Nature and just “getting away” is so good for a writer’s soul. Inspiration reigns. Although sometimes I just inspired to take a nap and read a good book…
I hope you’re having a blast with your honey! I know five days must feel like forever without your kids but….Oh WHAT BLISS! : )
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Yeah,I don’t think I could do the cold-weather thing. But 5 days kid-free sounds like heaven!
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