Monday, January 14, 2013

Winter Sledding

It seems somehow fitting that I post photos of a holiday sledding trip on the same day I'm leaving for the sunny beaches of Gold Coast. It is my first visit to Australia, and I couldn't be happier (well, I could if I were going just on holiday instead of for work, but I'm sure I'll manage to fit in a bit of fun while I'm there.) At the very least it will be a chance to thaw out after a few snowy frigid days in Utah.

I'm pretty certain this was my niece and nephew's first sledding adventure - we took them to the foothills above my hometown where my brother, sister and I learned to sled.

They were both a little uncertain at first. We started on the small hills and their parents rode with them, but it only took a few rides before they were ready to go it on their own and next thing we knew they were looking for bigger hills.

Wouldn't it be amazing to have the energy of a 3 and 5 year old?

The very best part of being home for me is spending time like this with my family - memories like this are life's greatest gifts.

Any of you out there from Australia? Every been to Gold Coast? What are the must see/do's for me while I'm there?

"Who says you're not allowed to stand on your own."
Ryan Bingham - Keep it Together Pin It


Susan said...

This looks amazingly fun. You have some really fabulous family photos here. Such joy. I'm glad you had a chance to be with your niece and nephew-I remember how dear they are to you and they're growing up fast. My nephew's first tooth just fell out. I love baby teeth-and they're starting to pass by.
Travel safely to Australia. That's a long flight, but a warm arrival. Clare at Pampelmouse (?) is somewhere in Australia (yes I know it's huge, but just in case). You might check in with her.
Happy day Jamie.

Corinne said...

Have a wonderful trip! What an adventure, regardless of the reason for a visit :)
The clouds in that first picture are simply marvelous.

Laloofah said...

That first photo looks magical, like the Universe was smiling on your sledding adventures! :-) The rest of your photos just exude giggles and fresh air and fun. Bet those kiddos slept well that night! :-)

Have a wonderful time in Aus, hope you're well away from all the devastating fires and smoke - so sad.

Dagmar said...

Great photos Jamie, enjoy your work and try to,get some play time..
On our list of places to visit, but haven't been there yet!
Looking forward to your great photos❤

Clinton Painter said...

I think you should have turned your camera over to N for a little while and let her take a few pictures of you sledding down the hill. Enjoy Australia! I can't wait to hear about your enw adventures.

Nicole said...

That was a fun day! I love that first pic. It should be in a contest or something and the last one too.

Joanne said...

Love the pictures! I loved that day, it was such fun,I look at the pictures and hear giggles! What memories we create..........

Prairie Girl Studio said...

waving hi hi hi, jamie!
omgosh, how i LOVE to go sledding or tobogganing or sliding ~ whatever you want to call it ~ give me something to sit on and let's go! your pictures are precious and priceless ~ the smiles of glee say it all. i bet everyone slept so well that night after all the fresh air and hill climbing ~ awesome. and, i love your last action shot ~ perfect!
you really warmed my heart with your comment, jamie ~ thank you so much ... sending you a big hug! have fun down under, mate : )

Lisa Gordon said...

They are indeed the greatest gifts, and truly that which memories are made of.

What a wonderful series of photographs this is, Jamie.

Happy Monday to you!

Courtney said...

Such fun! That last photo is fantastic - perfect shot of the moment. I've never been to Australia but would love to visit one day. Lucky you! I look forward to the pictures!

Krystal said...

that last pic is priceless! i need to get out in the snow this year still, haha :) happy new year!

i.ikeda said...

Ooooh, I hope you had a safe trip and are on your way to finding lots of awesome things to do in Australia. How fun! (even if it's for work)

We took N. sledding for the first time when she was a toddler, and I think we'll try to do the same with the little one now, except that I don't know where to go sledding in Portland, haha. I am going to miss playing in the snow with the kids. Yes, I wish I had their energy.

laura lok said...

love that first shot pretty awesome. I am trying to embrace snow this year but not doing teh best job of it

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