We stopped for fast food at In-N-Out (Kevin) and Baja Fresh (me and Lucas). When we finally got to the cabin that we had rented, we were pleasantly surprised to see a lot of snow! Luckily, it had snowed earlier in the week. Lucas and Kevin had fun tossing some snowballs at each other when we arrived.
The next morning, the Hendricksons arrived. Lucas and his buddy, Owen, immediately changed into their snow clothes and we all headed outside. There was plenty of snow to keep two boys (and their dads) entertained.
The cabin was stocked with several different kinds of sleds. The boys thoroughly tested each one to determine which was the best (fastest).
And then there were the snowball fights, probably the most emotional activity. Tons of laughter, but also crying and tantrums if someone accidentally hit someone in the face or if snow made its way down the back of someone's shirt.
Lucas has been talking about building a snowman since Christmas time. Frosty the Snowman continues to rank in Lucas' top 5 songs to sing when in the car or doing art projects. Craig did most of the hardwork with this activity. Lucas and Owen (and Kevin for that matter) didn't have the patience to work on it the whole time. But here was the final result.
Lori and I headed into the lovely downtown Twain Harte for some grocery shopping (how typical!). We stocked up for the rest of the weekend with ice cream, pasta, chicken, veggies, etc. Oh, and we, being the only two Asian people in the whole place, made an obligatory purchase of some sushi rolls at the sushi counter (again, typical).
After a hearty lunch of sushi and sandwiches we enjoyed the highly anticipated ice cream party - complete with chocolate sauce and sprinkles. As you can see, we didn't need to run the ice cream bowls through the dishwasher.
That night, after more snow play, we all settled in to watch the movie "Cars". If you don't know, Lucas has been obsessed with Lightning McQueen since last summer when he got his Lightning McQueen t-shirt for his birthday. He wears it at least 3 times a week. And of course, being part of the Disney marketing machine, Cars has seeped into our house without Lucas ever having watched the movie, via a Cars art caddy, toothbrush, and pull-ups. So imagine Lucas' face when he saw Lightning McQueen and the other Cars characters live, on the big plasma flat screen TV!
Lucas sat there with his mouth open for the first few minutes. Given his sensitive nature and bad flashbacks from certain things he's seen on TV, I said to him, "If something is scary for you, let me know." He replied with a very loud, "Nothing is too scary for me!" But after a few minutes, he turned to me and said, "Mama" and came over and sat in my lap.
The next morning, more excessive eating: those Pillsbury cinnamon rolls and buttermilk biscuits that come out of the tube (just like mom used to make - no really, my mom used to make those all the time, until of course, we were old enough to make them ourselves), bacon, sausages, eggs. After some more sledding and snowball fights, we cleaned and packed up and headed home.
According to Lucas, his favorite things about the trip were, "Sledding, building a snowman, having snowball fights and the ice cream party." That pretty much sums it up.