Competition de Snowboard

Yesterday afternoon the kids and I drove up to Chamrousse to see if we could watch any of the Snowboarding festival.  I was skiing up there on Thursday (side note: hard to beat skiing with a friend who has an extra ski pass) and we saw this massive snow park that they had set up.  I looked it up online -and found some rather sketchy info, with very little details – but it was a beutiful day to be outside, the kids finished their homework in the morning, and Susan was at a retreat all day – so we figured we’d give it a shot.  

We drove up – and found out that we were allowed to hike up the hill to the snowpark.  Sounded easy enough – walking uphill in soft, slushy snow apparently can wear down small children.  But when we got there it was quite impressive. There were dozens of competitors – in what seemed like it was more of a ‘friendly festival’ than a real competition.  Tonnes of people sitting around, music pumping out (pretty sure my kids heard more english language gansta-rap over an hour or so yesterday than they have cummulatively thus far in their lives. Also pretty sure if it was an english-language environment -you wouldn’t get away with playing those lyrics in a public setting….)

We sat in the sun watching these guys – who came in teams of four – and some of them were quite amazing.  It was +10 up there, and the sky was crystal clear – so it was a pretty nice day just to sit and watch.

Competition de Snowboard

Yesterday afternoon the kids and I drove up to Chamrousse to see if we could watch any of the Snowboarding festival.  I was skiing up there on Thursday (side note: hard to beat skiing with a friend who has an extra ski pass) and we saw this massive snow park that they had set up.  I looked it up online -and found some rather sketchy info, with very little details – but it was a beutiful day to be outside, the kids finished their homework in the morning, and Susan was at a retreat all day – so we figured we’d give it a shot.

We drove up – and found out that we were allowed to hike up the hill to the snowpark.  Sounded easy enough – walking uphill in soft, slushy snow apparently can wear down small children.  But when we got there it was quite impressive. There were dozens of competitors – in what seemed like it was more of a ‘friendly festival’ than a real competition.  Tonnes of people sitting around, music pumping out (pretty sure my kids heard more english language gansta-rap over an hour or so yesterday than they have cummulatively thus far in their lives. Also pretty sure if it was an english-language environment -you wouldn’t get away with playing those lyrics in a public setting….)

We sat in the sun watching these guys – who came in teams of four – and some of them were quite amazing.  It was +10 up there, and the sky was crystal clear – so it was a pretty nice day just to sit and watch.

Tis True.

For those who have not yet heard..we do have some very exciting news…We are in fact expecting. Yes – that’s not some tricky code for something else…Susan is pregnant

The little one is due mid-September (this would be a good time to NOT remind Susan about 35 degree days in July and Aug here)

We told the kids last weekend and they are pretty excited.

Lots of questions – from where is the baby going to sleep (hmm…good point actually), to names.

Matea suggested Hope Joy  if it’s a girl  – and in an unrelated conversation Micah suggested Zach Pope  if it’s a boy.  Zach – after his stuffed animal – which is named after cousin Joy’s dog – and when I said “what?” he just replied: “Pope! You know – like in Rome” mmmmkay.

Strange that it looks like we’ll have two kids born at the same hospital in Grenoble – and two in the same hospital in Edmonton. 

Tis True.

For those who have not yet heard..we do have some very exciting news…We are in fact expecting. Yes – that’s not some tricky code for something else…Susan is pregnant

The little one is due mid-September (this would be a good time to NOT remind Susan about 35 degree days in July and Aug here)

We told the kids last weekend and they are pretty excited.

Lots of questions – from where is the baby going to sleep (hmm…good point actually), to names.

Matea suggested Hope Joy  if it’s a girl  – and in an unrelated conversation Micah suggested Zach Pope  if it’s a boy.  Zach – after his stuffed animal – which is named after cousin Joy’s dog – and when I said “what?” he just replied: “Pope! You know – like in Rome” mmmmkay.

Strange that it looks like we’ll have two kids born at the same hospital in Grenoble – and two in the same hospital in Edmonton. 

Spring

Let me just say this upfront…if you are a person who is inclined to get bitter at the good fortune of others, and you currently have over 1m of snow on your grass….maybe just move along.

There is an incredible amount of daffodils that grow in our yard (OK -technically not “our” yard – and no, not even our landlord-next-door’s yard -but hey…we’re all friends here)

They have been blooming non stop for a few weeks now – in fact today I noticed that as soon as you get a couple hundred meters down from our village – (where it’s fairly consistantly warmer) the daffodils are pretty much done – and the crocuses are as well.

There is a massive Magnolia tree in our yard (ok – again, not really “our” yard – but at least this time the Ribo’s – so kind of our yard) that has had huge blossoms on it for a bit over a week now that look like they have plenty of latent color  just waiting to bust out.  The magnolias – and most other flowering trees – are completely in full bloom down in Grenoble.  In fact the other day waiting for the bus there was an almost overwhelming scent of fruit tree blossoms in the air.

It’s supposed to be sunny and up to 20 by Thursday –  so things should really start growing now.

See – there is hope for the future – those of you who thought perhaps you were caught in the next ice age.