Welcome to our exceedingly messy, beautiful life: "a big world is OUT THERE WAITING for us to live in every day. Outside, you will find, there is love all around you... It's a beautiful life & it's a beautiful world & it's a beautiful time... to be here!"
Miss M and her friends are really into making these FANTASTIC videos these days... they are so talented! (It takes hours and hors to film, write backward, edit, etc. but they have a great time doing it!... Wish this had been around when I was a teen!)
[YOU MIGHT WANT TO "MUTE" THE MUSIC PLAYER OVER TO THE RIGHT SIDE.]
Miss M & Chachael
Miss M and Mary Kate
Miss M & Tess
Fun video from church to have students bring cans!
Jade did not join us in Mammoth this year because he had other plans... BIG plans!
He wanted to surprise Sara with a New Year's Eve proposal (he had convinced her he was not going to be able to propose yet because he was too broke).
This is how he planned it - we have to hear the details about if it is actually how it happened - The countdown to midnight would happen, then he would kiss her for "Happy New Years" and then he would drop to his knee and ask her to marry him. (And if all went as planned, she would say YES!)
Apparently she DID indeed say YES and was so happy & excited, she dropped to HER knees too (adorable!).
There is supposed to be video too... if I can ever get my hands on it, I will post it here as well.
Happy & crying
Blowing out the candles as an engaged couple
(Blurry, but all we have right now... more coming :)
We all knew for a couple weeks and we were having the hardest time keeping a secret (just like Kristen Wiig as "Sue" in this SNL skit. Watch it and ENJOY thinking of our suffering through it!!! - hahaha!).
Christmas & Mom's 40th birthday passed into the history books and we took off for a holiday in Mammoth. Jade did not join us as he had special (secret) plans with Sara for New Year's Eve (more on that in a future post). But we DID have Mom, Dad, Lando, Deevs, & Miss M.
The plan had been to leave at 3AM on the 3oth and get to the mountain in time to board/ski that day, but we decided to sleep in instead and got on the road closer to 10AM.
We drove most of the day and stopped for lunch at the Pizza Factory in Lone Pine. Scott & Mel were in England visiting Becky & Frank & Rachel, so we did not get to stop to say "hi" to them.
Lone Pine Pizza Factory
Dad driving - "look at the snow"
At the condo
Getting ready to hit the mountain
Mom & Deevs
Mom & Deevs again - Lando showing us the "super model" camera angle to make us look tall & thin
Waiting for the gondola from the Village to Canyon
Dad & Miss M at lunch
Lando & Mom at lunch (in an attempt to make sure he was not going to make a funny face, I was the one who got caught making a funny face!)
The conditions were pretty darn good and the weather was OK. The storm that was supposed to roll in on New Year's Day passed through as barely a whisper with no measurable snow.
Miss m and Wooly
Deevs hurt his back in a fall on a jump attempt. Having also come the week before with Kyle, he was not as dedicated to being on the mountain so we let him go home on Friday with friends & stay with G&G.
Miss M & Mom were both feeling altitude sick and getting colds and were sore... so both of us only went 2 days then stayed in on Saturday (we went to see Avatar). Dad & Lando went together for a half day which started at 12:30. They said it was surprisingly uncrowded (on a Saturday of a holiday weekend) and the weather couldn't have been better. (I was a tiny bit regretful that I didn't go.)
Today is Sunday and I am typing this from the condo. Everyone else is still asleep, but should be waking up shortly when we will hit the road for the 5-6 hours back. (Worth it!!!)