Our little jaunt began with a visit to Joel’s brother and his family in Bethesda. Madeline was feeling a little under the weather while we were there, so we didn’t get to enjoy any of her impressive ping-pong skills, but she did treat us to several episodes of Strawberry Shortcake (which were remarkably watchable).
Then we headed up to NYC to Dan Friel‘s record release party at the Knitting Factory, at which Joel contributed to an acoustic friendship band playing a couple of DF tunes. All very awesome.
Then we headed even further north to go snowboarding at the Stowe Resort on Mt. Mansfield.
We took lessons the first day from George in the morning and then Mark in the afternoon. Joel had snowboarded a bunch when he was younger, so the lessons were more like a refresher for him. I, on the other hand, was a blank slate. I fell on my butt and my knees a lot. Like, a lot.
But on the second day, we struck out on our own, and things got much better! Check it out:
And just because I love you:
The pants I am sporting above are courtesy of Hyde Away Farm, my sister’s husband’s parents’ house in Hyde Park, where we got to stay. The view out the kitchen window is of this, but without leaves and covered in snow:
On our way home we stopped and had lunch at the Covered Bridge Restaurant in Contoocook, NH.