Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Beech Mountain Babymoon

The weeks are quickly passing by until we meet baby Blakely...We are down to only 7 weeks left!!! I can't believe she will be here in less than 2 months. Anyways every year since Delainey was born we have decided one of our family vacation/traditions would be to take a family trip to go skiing. Well due to the current circumstances, big momma was not doing any skiing this year. I still wanted D to see snow so our annual ski tradition turned into a weekend getaway to North Carolina for our last vacation as a family of 3/ baby moon/ 8 year wedding anniversary.

I started doing my research on places within driving distance that would be sure to have snow with other activities for 2 year olds to do besides skiing. Beech mountain is what I found. They had a fun little sledding hill for 12 year olds and under, an outdoor skating rink, and some decent skiing which I wasn't concerned with. I found a nice little 1 bedroom condo with a pull out sofa and loft on VRBO  and off we went this past weekend for our getaway.
This is the loft space D was obsessed with and the view off the back porch

We ended up leaving around 4 am to let D hopefully sleep some of the trip. She did pretty good! She ended up sleeping till around 7:30 am so that made the 8 hour trip much more bearable since it only seemed like 4. We arrived around 1 pm, got situated in our house, changed into our ski clothes and ran outside to play in the snow. It was a windy cold day but we had snow falling so I was not complaining. D loved making snow angels and practicing her sledding technique down the driveway.
We all took 2 hour naps that afternoon then headed to dinner at a Mexican restaurant.

The next morning we woke up and headed to the sledding hill. Of course no surprise with my fearless child, she loved sledding all by herself! Dave did one run with her and it was too slow so she chose to go solo after that. She loved it. She did have 2 wipe outs and sat up laughing after them so that was a good thing!

We headed to lunch at a hotdog joint then went to try out ice skating. Not as good there. It was hard for her to even walk on the ground with the ice skates so add in the slippery ice and it wasn't too successful. She had fun though hanging on the bar while Dave just pushed her around. (Big momma just observed and took pictures all day...I wasn't risking B coming out too early!)

After ice skating we headed back to the house to take naps and Dave couldn't help himself to not do a few runs on the slopes while we snoozed. What was supposed to be a 2 hour ski adventure turned into a 4-5 hr adventure because he got stuck on a broken ski lift for over 2 hours. Needless to say he was not happy and very cold! He came home, showered, and we headed out to a nice dinner in Banner Elk, just 5 miles away, at an Italian restaurant.

The next morning we packed up and headed home. We made stops about every 2 hours to pee or eat or run free for a few minutes and made it home in 8 hours. D watched movies the entire way like a champ. We had a lovely little weekend and I'm glad we were still able to get our snow fix even though we didn't do our usually Colorado trip. I will definitely go back in the future if it presents itself.

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