Mar 9, 2008

France + Lost + Blogger = Severe Headache

Warning: If you are not in the mood for a rambling post that's all over the place, please come back and visit me another time, when I'll most likely be operating on more than 3 hours of sleep. Thank you.

There I was, trying to multitask by uploading pictures of our skiing holiday while catching up on the latest episode of Lost...only to be thwarted by Blogger's blatant refusal to accept my favourite holiday shots.

Sigh.

Blame Blogger if you like, but this was the weakest episode of Lost yet this year. Too many things just didn't add up - like why Penny's father would want to 'exploit' the island? Or why Dan and Charlotte wouldn't just tell the Losties that they were going to neutralize the gas, rather than knocking Kate unconscious and almost killing Juliette? And honestly, how come everyone's suddenly letting Locke call all the shots, including releasing Ben from capture?

Since both Lost and Blogger have let me down in my state of severe grogginess (arriving back home at 4 am will do that to you), I take comfort in knowing that as soon as my head hits the pillow tonight, I will be dreaming of this:



Don't I look like I know what I'm doing? With Mont Blanc in the background, to boot.

Despite my predictions to the contrary, we had amazing weather throughout our holiday. Although it was frequently overcast in the mornings, by the afternoon, the sun would peek out and warm up cold faces to the point that we are all sporting sunburns on noses and cheeks.

Upon our arrival last Saturday, however, I really did wonder if we'd be hiking instead of skiing. There was no snow anywhere around the airport or along the highway as we drove towards the resort. It was only as we turned up the mountain, the white stuff revealed itself. The effects of the very mild European winter this year were evident, as only the mountain tops were covered in snow:



Our boys had the best holiday! Christopher was already a competent skier, but B boy made enormous strides this week, and officially made moi the slowest skier in the family. I knew that day was coming, but I thought I had a year or so to get used to the idea. Sadly, no. Benjamin now bombs down the runs like nobody's business, leaving me in the wake of his snow spray.



Like his dad and brother before him, he doesn't read signs very well:



Though we were on the slopes for 6-7 hours a day, we didn't just ski. We did a bit of this:



And a bit of that:



A couple of evenings, the ski school that the boys attended put on events, including a lantern ski for the kids. Behold B boy with his 'lantern':



So, another great adventure under our belts in this year of grand exploration. The boys were sad to have to say goodbye to their auntie, uncle and grandparents, but we are looking forward to seeing them in the UK at the end of next month.

56 comments:

Beck said...

Gorgeous pictures - you guys have so much fun!
It WAS a crappy episode of Lost - I think the effort of making an actually GOOD episode wore them out.

the dragonfly said...

I'm quite a bit behind on Lost, but have all the episodes recorded, so I'll see them soon. I always have to remind myself that every episode can't be astonishingly amazing. :)

It looks like you had a wonderful time. Hooray!

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

Welcome back!

Ginaagain said...

I've been having a lot of problems with uploading pictures to blogger too. It looks like you had a fantastic holiday. I missed your blog though so I'm glad you are back!

Amber said...

Salivating over Mt. Blanc. When I lived over in Europe, all I wanted to do was summit that thing! It looks gorgeous in winter!!!

Amy said...

These pictures are breathtaking. They remind me of when I skied in Zermatt! Hope you are all well and enjoying yourselves!

painted maypole said...

i'm SO behind on Lost, I've only seen the first episode of this season.

and you continue to make me envy you with your European adventures.

Dawn said...

It looks like a fantastic holiday you had in the mountains. The pictures are beautiful.
I was wondering about some of the same things as I watched Lost.

Steph said...

Gorgeous pictures. It looks like another amazing adventure! Welcome back.

jennwa said...

I am glad you guys had a great time.

Jennifer (Jen on the Edge) said...

What a GREAT trip!

And how was B boy during the traveling part? Did he get sick?

brneyedgal967 said...

Heidi, so glad you guys had a great holiday and came home safely! Your blog buddies have missed your posts and can't wait to see more pics when Blogger doesn't have its' panties in a wad. (I had issues with it also, so you're not alone.)

When you get some time to yourself you'll have to play catch-up with my haunted house stories. The investigators caught some EVP's and interesting pics... more to come, but so far they are here:

http://thecolorofhome.blogspot.com/search/label/Spirits

Again, glad to see you back online!

My Ice Cream Diary said...

Ah, that my dreams could be so awesome! Truly, how on earth will you return to a normal life after all these amazing adventures? I would need therapy.
=)

theotherbear said...

Wow, what a fantastic looking holiday!

Misty said...

Now THAT's what I call a vacation. Amazing. Look at that scenery! So glad you all had a wonderful time.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Not only am I the slowest in my family, I'm now the shortest--damn those kids growing up!

Looks like a great time.

jen said...

it's like a little vacation, just getting to read about yours.

Alpha DogMa said...

Well, now you've gone and ruined those boys. How will the Rocky Mountains EVER measure up now that they've been to the Alps?

All kidding aside: it looks like so much fun!

kim-d said...

Heidi, I'm so glad you're back because I have really missed you! These pix are, of course, incredible; to be honest, the moutains are so beautiful that it almost looks like you all got dressed up in your ski togs, trooped over to Sears and posed for family pix in front of the "Snowy Mountain" backdrop! BWAHAHAHA! Really, really breathtaking.

And if it helps at all, Blogger wasn't liking me much yesterday, either. He'd gotten over it by last night, though :). Can't wait for more pix...

Mountain Dweller said...

It looks like you had an amazing time. I love skiing and everything that goes with it and when you can ski "en famille" then so much the better.

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

Looks fantastic! And you KNNOW I hate snow! So glad the trip was excellent and that the boys had a great time!

Hallie

cltgrace said...

Your pics of Mont Blanc bring back fond memories from my European travels while living next door in Germany.

I saw your comment on another party blog. Though you're not officially linked to 5 minutes for mom...you seem like a fun girl; one who appreciates a party. Soooo Welcome to the party! What a pleasure indeed!

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Karen MEG said...

What a great trip Heidi! It looks like you and the boys had so much fun, and with your UK family too. That's the beauty of Europe.

Liam is looking at these shots with envy, saying, "Christopher and Benjamin are lucky, they don't have to go to school much".... too funny!

LoriD said...

Okay - I need to get out skiing with the kids. That looks like such an amazing vacation!

Amy Y said...

What a fun trip!

I had liked the last episode of Lost... but after reading what you wrote, it did make me think differently ~ a lot of stuff on the show didn't make sense.

So thanks, thanks a lot. :)

Chantal said...

That looks amazing. We have been so negligent about getting our boys out skying and the season is almost over (or one can hope, with all this snow we may be able to ski for months to come!).

kimmy said...

I have a lot of questions about Lost too this year. When did Penny and Desmond get such a big role anyway? I still love watching Sawyer!

Great pics too - looks like you had fun on your vacation!

Kimmy

Candy said...

Gad, that looks absolutely awesome.

I used to ski (pre-children) and we used to go to the Colorado with another couple once a year. They were all faster skiers than I was.

So we'd all four leave the top of the mountain at the same time, and they'd stop after a few turns and wait for me. I'd get there, all out of breath, and they'd be recovered from the 15 second rest they had while waiting for me, and they'd shoot off again. So I had to ski every run without a break, and they never did understand why I'd fall asleep at 7:30 every night.

Akinol said...

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Casdok said...

This and that looked as much fun as the skiing!

Motherhood for Dummies said...

oh it looked like you guys had some serious fun! Soooo jelouse of the skiing. My husband and I are way into skiing and snowboarding, but I still haven't gotten back into prebaby shape...so the ski pants are still a bit...um...snug :)

Kellan said...

What a great trip Heidi - it looks marvelous! I'm so glad you had so much fun and I love seeing all the pictures. Glad you are back - see you soon. Kellan

Kathryn said...

That is just priceless. I can not wait to take vacations like that with our boys. I know it will only be a few short years until all of my boys will be zooming by me on the hill too. Even my cautious Joey seems to like speed.
Great shots! Glad you had such a grand time!

Mary Alice said...

You are so blessed to get to spend time in such gorgeous places. I really enjoy your photos.

MadMad said...

Oh, welcome home! It sounds like a great trip, and a wonderful time was had by all! Good for you, for doing this - what an amazing adventure for all of you!

Stomper Girl said...

Is that a light sabre lantern?? How cool.

As for being the slowest in the family, how depressing, that will be coming my way soon. Climber already thinks he can beat me in a running race, had to put him in his place about THAT. I'm counting the days until I'm the shortest in the family, I reckon by the time the youngest is 10.

Aliki2006 said...

I don't know, that was pretty coherent for someone with sleep deprivation!

I was let down a bit by Lost, too--not sure what to make of it.

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

Looks just heavenly Heidi! wow! What a terrific time.

Sue said...

Oh, how I LOVE to ski. I'm green with envy (but in a nice friendly way).

I've loved Lost so far this season, but this last episode had me scratching my head.

Thanks for the sweet and kind comment on my blog. You are the BEST.

Mrs. Annie said...

Simply wonderful, wonderful photos!

carrie said...

I love that "ski slow - ski stress-free" sign!

Mrs. G. said...

You are such a fetching little ski bunny. What fun!

Lisa @ Take90West said...

What an awesome trip! You look great in all your ski gear, even if you are not the fastest!

Cheri said...

Those are the pictures that dreams are made of.

BeachMama said...

Wow, those are gorgeous photos. If I had those Alps to look at and my kids were big enough to ski, I might not mind the snow we got this past weekend. Actually, it is quite pretty and I am trying hard not to long for Spring.

Jennifer said...

Wow! Those photos are incredible. They're like postcards.

Julie Pippert said...

It looks fantastic and amazing and you do look like a pro! (Sorry you were left eating snow, though. ;) )

Don Mills Diva said...

Man you guys just know how to enjoy life don't you? I love living vicariously through you...

Cathy said...

Sounds like a fabulous trip -- thanks for sharing the photos!

Barrie said...

You really are having an adventure of a lifetime!

And blogger isn't always kind to me vis-a-vis photos either.

gmcountrymama said...

I love the mountains all covered with snow. Soo very pretty. Of course, I don't want to see any more snow in person this year. Glad the snow came out in the afternoons, that helps.

katydidnot said...

hi. totally envious.

another good thing said...

Is it bad that I thought the best picture was the bread and the sun nap? I am officially entering SLUG status.

kim-d said...

Hey Heidi! I was thinking about you, so thought I'd drop by and say hi. Where are you anyway? Not to sound pathetic, but I miss you... :)

Shania said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Let's see, world traveller, skis, likes Lost...will you marry me? Or take me in as a charity case?

Victoria said...

Lost. Lost. Lost.

Wait. Were there other things in this post??

=)