1. We drove ten hours in the car with three kids in one row. I'm quite positive our car was shrinking by the minute. We all exploded out of it the second we arrived, along with all the trash that only three children can accumulate in ten long hours.
|They deny this moment ever happened.|
|Three kids in one bed asleep by 10pm. |
We just earned ourself a medal.
3. I skiied with them for two days and didn't even make them besides one minor break down where I may or may not have cried and screamed and threw my pole at Brewerman for something that was entirely not his fault, I did pretty damn good.
4. We went during Texas spring break for school kids. No, this didn't mean bras and panties flying down the lifts...more like the ski schools were packed and the parking lots were full of people who drive to fast...because apparently every single family with young kids in school had the same idea we did.
5. Despite being way more work than I remember it being when I was a kid and not a parent, we want to go back. Like today.
6. We fit all our crap in a Ford Explorer. Including the three extra meals we didn't need. I know this is a bit of a shock to you all...but I did over pack a teeny weeny bit. We still fit it all. Tetris baby...I knew it would come in handy one day. We did buy a Thule topper for our ski which was a lifesaver (and half off since it had a scratch from shipping -boo yah!). That thing was awesome to throw your skis and poles into at the end of the day.
|Kids: Weeeeee VACATION|
Me: Is it getting smaller in here or is it just me?
Brewerman: Are we there yet?
In all honesty it was a pretty darn awesome trip. Just imagine skiing in the beautiful moutain air with the sun shining down on you every single day. We had plenty of skiing options for our more adventurous side (pre-lunch beers) and our calmer side (post-lunch beers). Plus we got to ski TWO DAYS without children. That means we had two full meals that included adult conversation, snarky people watching, beer, and NO SPILLED DRINKS!
|Weeeee! No kids!|
|Our View. From the hot tub. Be Jealous.|
The ski valley was about a 15 minute drive from our house (located between the valley and town). It is a beautiful drive and since there is zero cell service you are forced to enjoy it. Ha ha...but seriously. The people in Toas are laid back and accomodating of all the tourists and kids that are learning to ski.
The moutain is gorgeous. The runs were a lot of fun and they had a pretty decent variety for beginner and more advanced skiing. There were more moguls than I would have liked on the black runs, but there were plenty of other options too. Brewerman and I actually talked about taking a class on moguls because although we are horridly bad at them, they are a lot of fun when you do them right. A favorite run of ours with Lil'Dude is the terrain park. The mountain is easy to find your way around to with a lot of options including short runs connecting longer runs for those with a group that might have a few different skill levels. They also have maps at the end of each lift to help you find your way. Our favorite part of the mountain was near the Kachina Lift, there were some wide runs that were a touch steeper.
Lil'Dude couldn't do enough and wanted to go FASTER and FASTER. He told us at least 1091 times that he could "do moguls" to the point we almost let him try it. The first day we took him skiing with just Brewerman and I, we started with a green. He hated it, we did a blue and he was home. He refuses to ski side to side but he shifts like a pro and it's probably the cutest thing ever.
Lil'Miss had a lovely time at the center she stayed at but her highlight was tubing. Taos has a great tubing area set up by the ski valley and it's a lot of fun. It's a little expensive, but totally worth it to go at least once. Oh my gosh, Lil'Miss giggled hard core going down the mountain in a tube. That little girl is fearless, y'all. She was by far the youngest little thing there but she went over and over. She stole the hearts of the kids working the tubes too, they got the biggest kick out of this tiny spitfire asking to go faster and MORE MORE!
|Silly Fearless Lil'Miss giving her mama a heart attack|
|The normal photo pose of my kids: TMNT Fighting stance, Sassy, and "ihatephotos"|
|I'm totally enjoying the moment...and trying not to throw up.|
|Love this picture, my sunglasses cover the panic in my eyes.|
Taos itself is gorgeous. The sun shines beautifully most days, and there is almost no humidity. By the time you drive out of the valley the temperature rises and some days we were wearing tank tops. I would highly recommend leaving a day to visit the city. The town has so much history and love poured into it, it's worth a walk around. When you are there, stop by Moby Dickens Bookshop and say hi to our friends (the owners). You can find some pretty amazing books there. We got a Willy Wonka Pop-up book there that has quickly became my kid's favorite. If you are a reader, this will be your Nirvana. If I didn't have my kids with me I could have curled up and read for hours.
|Moby Dickens Bookstore - Seriously cool place|
Oh. OH and the food. The food here in New Mexico is fantastic. The enchilada sauce...the green chiles...oh my. We had breakfast at The Toas Diner and ate some amazing Huevos Rancheros with Red and Green Sauce (Red Chile or Green Chile...both is called "Christmas" to those not from New Mexico). The green sauce is usually less spicy but both are packed with flavor. You can get green chiles with everything here...at St. Bernard they have an entire bar of condiments including green chiles you can slop on your burger. Plus you can eat on the deck and watch the skiers fall like I did.
You have to ski to The Bavarian Restaurant in order to enjoy the German beer...oh yeah and food I guess. It's worth the short walk from the lift though. The Spatzle was amazing though a tad heavy if you plan on skiing blacks after. I had the Hefewizen and Brewerman had the Oktoberfest beers, both delightful. It's a tad pricy for every day but I mean, come on, sausages and good beer? Totally a must-stop.
|Beer - good; meal without kids - better|
One of the things that makes the drive to and from the ski slope much easier, is that stop to Taos Cow. Whether it's a latte in the morning, or ice cream in the afternoons, it quickly became a ritual for us. With ice cream flavors like Lavendar or (my personal fave) Cinnamon, we all enjoyed the treat after a long day on the slopes.
We are lucky enough to have some amazing friends that live there as well. Our boys are all just as crazy as the other so they of course had a ball. It isn't too often we find another child than can keep up with Lil'Dude, but he found his match! I miss these transplants from Texas a lot but we are already planning to come up between Christmas and New Years. You can't really convince someone to come back to Dallas when you have experienced Taos.
|Good Friends, Good Times...baaaad Sunburn|