Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring Ski

Last Sunday was our one and only venture up to China Peak this season.  Just in was the last day they were open!  They have had a rough season, with very little snow, but they did get a good batch last week.  Sunday was beautiful--warm and sunny.  Not great for the snow, or skiing, but still a wonderful way to spend a day.  I had worried that it would be crowded, but it wasn't a problem.
Here we are at the top of the mountain.  Huntington Lake is in the distance.  Sadly, the drought will severely affect it this year.  It will only be filled to a third of capacity this summer, and the annual Regatta has been cancelled for the first time in 50+ years.
 You can see how goopy the snow is, but heck, sitting in it is still fun!
 A shameless selfie on the lift with my beautiful Mae-Mae.  Also revealing that I did not set a good example and wear a helmet.  Slight pang of guilt, overcome by rationalizing that I always remain cautious and in control.  We won't talk about that broken leg.  That was in my crazy twenties.

That's right...just a few years ago.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Spring Fever

Mark is having a good man-day. 
 He gets to drive the tractor.
 And move dirt.  Well, topsoil, really.
 Under the technical guidance of my father.
 Yes!  Last year was the "Year of the Porch", and THIS year, is the "Year of Things Around the Porch".  Things like landscaping.
We are doing raised beds to keep the dirty, rotten gophers out.  See the hardware cloth on the bottom?  Hopefully that will do the trick.  I think so.  I saw it on YouTube.

Getting schooled

One recent afternoon, as we headed home from school, the girls started trying to bargain for some play time before getting down to homework.  I have learned over and over that this does NOT work for our family--we really need to just knock it out, and THEN play.  Nevertheless, the girls are always hopeful that they'll catch me in a weak moment.  This is how our conversation went:

Abigail:  Mom, can we shoot hoops for a while when we get home before we do homework?

Me:  No, we need to do homework first, but after that you can shoot hoops.

Mae:  Why do we always need to do homework first?

Me:  Because it's your responsibility.  You're a professional student, and it's your job to do your homework.

Mae:  I'm not a professional!

Me:  Of course you're a professional student.

Mae:  No I'm not.  I don't get paid!

Well, she had me there!  How can you argue with that logic???