Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The A family had a great ski trip. The F family, our companion family, also had a great time. The F family has a 3.10 year old daughter, AF, and all the kids had a great time with each other. The F family has a 4 month old boy who stayed with his grandmother. TR has skied before. This was AF and QT's first time on skis and QT was amazing. AF was good but I think she thinks like a 6 year old and was a bit afraid. At one point the instructor had the kids ski to the middle of a hill and she stopped them and then had them ski down the rest of the hill. QT is a daredevil and evaded the instructor and skied down the full "kiddie" hill alone. After that she let him ski without trying to slow him. He didn't fall the entire day. Mr A says their strong core is why they can ski well. TR fell once but was able to get up withher skis on. I have to take my skis off to get back up- unless someone pulls me. I need to get to work on my core. I will be unstoppable. TR has been begging for a play date. The ski trip was a playdate on steroids. The kids got to go sledding down hill. They loved it. I was so happy that the 3 year old girl on the trip is a thinker. She and TR could talk and play creative games. They played doctor and gave a pillow chest compressions. The F family dad is a fireman, but when I asked, he said his daughter did not know CPR. I love it when kids play games that require thinking and being creative. Both husbands love to cook and both wives were laid back. It was great! The husbands planned the trip, and we both have that husband as the traditional man dynamic. Ya'll know real men cook! Both men coach football at the same school, are from L.A. and the wife is a psychologist from Northern Calfornia doing special education, I do education law. They are a bit younger than us, and met in undergrad at Cal while we met as working adults, but we had lots in common as families. It was also great to talk to other conservative black folks. By conservative, I mean people who believe democratic policy hurts blacks and cause us to believe we need them or benefit from them. Anyway when we were in L.A. all of TR's friends of all races (from the park and children of friends we made) were on the brighter side. Because that is what we were surrounded by, I figured that all kids were similar. I have no idea what type of circles we were mingling in, but I thought curious, thoughtful, well spoken kids were the norm. Have I blogged about this before? I used to have strangers in L.A. comment on how well my kids spoke and how smart they were. I would wonder what kids they knew. Every kid I interacted with at the park and at birthday parties, spoke in complete and descriptive sentences and seemed to be quick. When we moved to the bay and started preschool, I discovered that all kids are not similiar. Our L.A. experience was perfect for our family. The F family is moving 2 hours up North this summer so we will enjoy as many outings as we can. We already have two more family outings planned. I am very pleased that we have found a playmate that my kids can talk to and play with.