It's that time of year again. Some or all of us may or may not be going out of town for the holiday (I don't like to say in case one of you pervies is casing our joint). You're wondering where we're going. It's somewhere fun, but not this fun:
Boy, that was fun. I won't say where these were taken, because some people who are not pervies but who have a very big say in my professional future believe I should be working all the time and don't like to think about the fact that I might have gone on a vacation once.
Did I mention that Addie was the Statue of Liberty for Halloween?
What a cool little nerdlet. Her whole school (which shall remain nameless, pervies) did a parade and so many kids who marched past her were enthralled with her costume. They must have recently studied civics. Either way, it was a big success. Thank you $14.99 on eBay.
Skipping ahead a few holidays, here is a required shot with the North Polonskies:
See that smile Addie's doing? That's her new fake smile. It's a bummer. It makes getting good pictures of her hard. E. says the same about me.
Do I ever look like the same person twice? And see the kids' faces in that one? That's them being scared to death to meet Santa. My children are anxious about meeting famous people. But then they get over it and they act like they've known them forever, and fart on their laps.
And now, for the biggest news of all: our family is skiing. I won't tell you how much it cost to buy passes for everyone. Okay, I will: IT WAS ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS. And that's not including the little bits of equipment that we needed to purchase and still need to purchase. I get faint thinking about it.
We had our first day in the mountains on Sunday and I was so nervous because what if one of the kids refused to put her boots on? Or refused to go out on the mountain? Or refused to ski down, choosing instead to do that limp noodle thing? That would be ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS in the crapper.
Well, all of those things happened, and still by the end of the day both girls were skiing down the bunny slope and Addie even went on the chair lift once. Nolie proclaimed from the magic carpet, "I LOVE skiing! I'm going to ski all DAY!"
That was Addie in the green, there. Not screaming and having a tantrum. She's not Lindsay Vonn, but she's not pitching a fit, either. Brilliant.
And E. and I got to snowboard and eat nachos and beer together. Alone.
I'm not going to say all that was worth ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS, but it was pretty close. It was a beautiful, perfect day, I got to reunite with my sporty self, my husband and kids rose to the occasion, and we get to do it bunches more times this season.
Have a great holiday, my friends. I hope to see some of you soon around the pool.