Ring in the New Year..
…with a ‘questionnaire’…
Richard took Leon, Maya and Alfie ski-ing in the troll forest first (while I looked after Ted), whereafter I went just with Leon and Maya – and Alfie had a well earned rest!
Admittedly, the fun of ski-ing and looking overrode my need to take photos – so much more to see! Truly magical! 🙂
We all went to ‘Trollskogen’ (the troll forest) for our last day of ski-ing.
Ted is not ski-ing yet, so I took him to the children’s snow play park – a great place where young children can practise their ski skills..or just hang out, which is what Ted did…
Essentially the ‘swing’ is to practise sitting on (with skis) for when you use a ski lift, and the ‘tunnels’ are for ski-ing through, while the conveyer belts are for practising ski-ing off down a small hill and for keeping balance while being carried along by a lift, and the animals are obstacles to ski round…
….but the conveyer belt is also fun to lie down on and transport snowballs (again and again and again), and the obstacles (mouse and penguin) need to be fed….. 🙂
It’s wonderful to observe Alfie, who is often so cautious with new things, so enthusiastic at ski school. Here they are playing a game called ‘The Bear Sleeps’…
Days after Christmas, spent at ski-school..
Unfortunately, it has also been spent with a visit to the doctor for Maya, who is suffering an ear infection, and two out of three boys suffering stomach bugs. Only Alfie is still bouncing like a rubber ball!
Fingers crossed we’re all better soon!
Here we are, with family, enjoying Christmas whilst ski-ing in Sälen, six hours north of Stockholm.
We arrived on Sunday after our long drive. By Monday we were on the slopes – both myself and Alfie for the first time!
Day 1 : A clear sky, and Alfie takes his first ‘steps’…
Day 2 : Christmas Eve. Slightly cloudy, slightly rainy. The kids give everyone in the family their (mostly) homemade presents…
Day 3 : Christmas Day, and there are stockings to be opened (we need to keep our English traditions after all!)..
A little present for some little friends…
I decided to send my Godson and his sister this fun package in the mail – original idea from http://katherinemaries.com, though I changed a little here and there.
In the box:
Sledges ; Gingerbread snaps
Ready made snowmen ; Marshmallow snowmen
Reindeer noses ; Round red sweets
Rope ; Red string sweets
Snowballs ; Mini marshmallows
Winter pick me up ; Peppermint sweets
Hot chocolate drink mix (2)
Mr & Mrs Gingerbread
I have a feeling they’ll be enjoying their ‘winter survival kit’…
There may be no snow here, but the still, greyness of winter has definitely arrived…
Cold on the outside, warmth on the inside..
A paper plate, some green paint, some Christmas sequins and a little glitter makes for a great homemade wreath!