As much as Christmas feels like it was an eternity ago. It was actually less than a month ago as I write this.
Christmas 2017 was a really magical one for us and if you read any of my previous posts, you would have seen that we were really busy creating lots of wonderful memories from a trip to LaplandUK to the Snow White Panto. No matter how big or small you make it, what matters is your memories and the people you spend it with.
My thoughts were of course with those that we have loved and lost and not a day goes by we don’t think of our cherished loved ones.
Time to Unplug
After a crazy busy and emotional year, my amazing family decided that we needed to get away for Christmas and head to the French Alps. They have an apartment on a resort there which meant we could spend the 10 days away skiing and having a real white Christmas.
The aim of the holiday was to relax and enjoy and it certainly was all that an more. It was a chance to unplug from the blog, work, social media and general everyday tasks – which was utter bliss and I didn’t feel one ounce of guilt for taking time off.
Waking up to views like this really did do wonders for my soul – it’s just what I needed. I soaked up every moment. I even managed to read a book I have wanted to read since I was 18 – Jonathan Livingston Seagull. So whilst it was nearly 20 years too late for me as my thoughts are progressive to this but, it did mean I completed a lifelong goal and confirmed that I should have read this 20 years ago as the book was way ahead of its time.
Day two and the girl’s ski school started, they had daily lessons for 6 mornings. They headed off to learn how to ski whilst I went off for my own private lessons with my stepdad who’s basically a pro at skiing has been going for the best part of 36 years.
Ski school sessions were 2 and a 1/2 and the girls even practised basic French I have been teaching them. We had a few teething issues on the first day and sometimes in the mornings but they really got stuck in and made the most of it. I’m always proud of them no matter what but especially in this case as they were the only English children and achieved so much.
On the last day, we were able to view and take pictures of our children skiing at the ski school and they were also awarded medals for doing so well.
For the rest of the day, we enjoyed long lunches and rests in the afternoon before we set off again to enjoy some sledging and skiing. It was safe to say the girls were hooked and especially loved whizzing down the nursery slopes with my stepdad (AKA Papa G).
We certainly made the most of the weather. There was a great deal of snow and we had an extra snowfall whilst we were out there – all adding to the magical whist Christmas. There was only one day which was a bit soggy where we decided to stay off the slopes but still managed to get out and about and when I remebered to grab some pictures of myself and the girls.
We had so many messages asking us about our ski wear so we wanted to take the opportunity to give huge thanks to Aldi for supplying us with our ski outfits. We were kindly gifted salopettes, jackets and gloves. We were super impressed with the quality and durability. They came with a very reasonable price tag and we were most certainly kept warm and comfortable, which made the ideal beginners ski wear.
If you read my first post about preparing the girls for their first ski trip, you would have seen that I mention it’s not best practice to go out and buy everything. Hiring equipment is the best way forward until you are comfortable that skiing will become a regular activity. Buying ski wear is paramount but you don’t need to go overboard.
I’m not usually one for buying inexpensive goods, as I personally find it a false economy, but we can’t fault the Aldi ski wear and in fact, we are all still making the most of our jackets back in the UK with this cold weather. Ideal as they don’t make you feel cumbersome. Super impressed and will most certainly be wearing the salopettes up the woods next week. Who knew Aldi supplied ski wear right? Amazing!
We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and your new year has started off with all the best intentions.