We did it! We picked a random weekend to celebrate Mitchel’s 10th birthday and not only did the weather turn out to be fabulous, but we managed to avoid the flu that seemingly everyone has. Thank you Lord! At this point (above) we had seriously just scaled a snow wall (practically), and burned ROUGHLY 10,000 calories just to get to the sledding hill we had our eyes on…(several of us were behind the camera slumped over, breathing heavily because we were just a little out of shape!)…only to find out when we got there that there was a MUCH easier (on the calves and behind) path to our hill 🙂 Needless to say, I felt no guilt having all 6 Oreos in my lunch that day.
Mt. Hood on a gorgeous day is beauty waiting to be captured! But enough about beauty, let’s talk sledding/snow boarding! Here he is…Mr. Mitch. Double Digits now. And acting like he’s been snow boarding his whole life. Really…just a few hours. He’s got his daddy’s skills, that’s for sure! And here…well, he’s exhibiting more of his mama’s skills…ha ha!Max, burning snow, if there ever was such a thing! And what is he on, you ask? Tad just happened to fab up this ever so amazing sled…that steers…and has shocks…and a seat made out of a wetsuit. Literally, my husband is amazing. He got most all the materials from Goodwill (snow board, skis, wetsuit..), welded up a frame and waxes up the skis. And it flew!Note: I am going down the hill on Mitch’s sled (which by the way, the kids all reminded me that the max weight limit was 85lbs…)…and yes, this was my “proverbial mom run”, then it was back to taking pictures and visiting in the lodge with friends. Gotta love this tongue!And though the girls are WAY up in the corner, I had to include it. Makes my heart smile when they are together having fun.So thankful the Rogers could join us for the party! Isn’t Tawnie just too cool?!And Rich…he was certainly burning some snow here!Not sure who Ashley’s going to run in to here…but I’m thinking someone is in her path 🙂The “men”…Dillon, a.k.a, Mr. Cool Beans.Ben. Gotta love that face!Mr. Fala. I told him as he was trudging up the hill that he looked “just like one of the guys from Grumpier Old Men”…sometimes I need a filter over my mouth. But doesn’t he?!Some gift giving love up in the lodge.And finally a picture of the two of us where we both don’t have marshmallow faces!
We ended the night with pizza and a long drive home…but it was all worth it hearing Mitch tell us, “that was the best birthday EVER”.