The day after Christmas, we drove up to our in-laws' house in the Berkshires for a few days, where we go every summer and some winters, too. There was absolutely NO snow - except on the slopes where they make it, of course.
Thanks to Ethan's Aunt (my sister-in-law) we got some free package passes to Butternut that include EVERYTHING: equipment rental, day lift ticket and a group lesson. The helmet is extra, but I think my son's brains were worth $12 a day, so we sprang for that.
It was awesome, because Ethan really wanted to learn how to ski and neither Dan nor I do, ourselves.
|First day, Ethan was in a group of 1, so he got a free private lesson - WIN!|
|By the 2nd day he was riding the lift|
|A friend of mine says, if you're not falling you're not learning. Ethan did a lot of learning.|
|What Jake did while Ethan skied.|
|Waiting for presents.|
|All 8 candles|
|"... and while we are playing, the candles are burning low..."|
|End of day sky in Great Barrington|
On January 2nd, the last day of break, we took a jaunt with friends over to the Liberty Science Center, just across the Hudson river, in New Jersey. It's a great hands-on, interactive science museum, and while Jake and I have been there recently, it's been a while for Ethan.
It is so interesting to see how much more the kids are getting into the actual science learning of the exhibits, now that they are older; how they can read the displays themselves, follow the directions, really do investigating and exploring.
|Who doesn't love messages and hidden meanings?|
|Ethan and a friend coloring pixels|
|(doo doo deeeee doo) Science!|
|Spaceship or telecommunications teaching module?|
|Jake LOVED to play with & manipulate his own image.|
|Some of the signage in the communication exhibit made me sad.|
And then it was home, early to bed, school the next morning, How was your vacation?
And, as usual, I’m linking up to Wordless / Wordful Wednesdays... at Angry Julie Monday... at 5 Minutes for Mom... at live and love...out loud... at Dagmar*s momsense... at Parenting by Dummies.
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