Last Friday was the carnival at Spencer’s school. Spencer had a great time playing games. He did the dunk tank twice, and was successful on the second time. Meg really enjoyed her pony ride.

Winter fun

Tao, Rob, and Spencer skiing at Monarch Mountain
Tao, Rob, and Spencer skiing at Monarch Mountain
We have had a lot of winter fun in the last week or so. We have gone sledding several times. There is a pretty good hill right behind our house, which is super convenient. The day after Christmas we went ice skating at the Apex (indoors), which was really great. I want to thank my friend Daniel Reeves for teaching me how to roller blade. I think that my roller blading experience really made my first try at ice skating much easier. In fact, I found it easier than roller blading, especially since there are no hills! Thanks also to Ellen for suggesting it, and for Grace, who pushed us to go.

On the 29th, Spencer and I went skiing on Monarch mountain with our friends Rick and Tao. Spencer and I both took lessons. I skied once, about 11 years ago, with my friend Rachel Rose. I thought I had forgotten all of it, but apparently not. It was also a bit easier than I thought. I also feel like ice skating helped me prepare, since it uses some of the same muscles and concepts, like balancing, and leaning forward a bit. Thanks Rick for showing us the ropes at Monarch! And thanks to Ellen for getting me and Spencer snow pants, and Clare and Ellen, for getting me and Spencer nice down jackets.

On January 1st, Rob, Spencer, Dave, and Grace hiked up North Table mountain – a tradition we would like to continue in future years. Hopefully we can get more people to join. Spencer was pretty tired, but he managed to make it all the way to the top.

No more training wheels

Let's go get a stand
Spencer wrote me a note to remember to get his kick stand
Last weekend we went camping at St. Vrain State Park for Ellen’s birthday. Spencer brought his bike and rode it like crazy. He must have ridden several miles each day. When we got home Sunday, he decided he wanted to take his training wheels off. I had mentioned it to him the day before, and he said he wanted to wait until July 4th, but apparently he changed his mind. And as you can see from the video below, he was ready. He is really cruising now. He also wanted to get a kick stand right away, because I had told him last summer that I would get him a kick stand when he stopped using training wheels. He wrote me a note to make sure I wouldn’t forget.