Thursday, November 5, 2009

Quickest Mountain Trip Ever

We went to the mountains last weekend to check on the condo before ski season begins. We left on Thursday and planned to come home on Sunday, giving us Friday and Saturday at the condo to check up on everything, make any necessary repairs, and replenish the stock of cleaning supplies.

The boys did pretty well in the car on the way down; it's a 9-hour drive with stops.

The moon was out when we got to the mountains. At this point we had another hour or so to go, and it got dark very quickly, so we had to do the drive up to the resort in the dark. Actually, it might have been very slightly less nerve-wracking for me that way, since I couldn't see the drop-offs.
We were very pleased to find the condo in great condition, 1000 times better than when we had agencies managing it. The Belgian lady who oversees it now is doing an excellent job. We bought some light bulbs and I sewed the ties back onto the dining chair seat cushions, but otherwise everything looked great. Nothing missing, no furniture broken.

This is on the top of our building.
The weather was great, not too hot, not too cold, and sunny.
We took the boys for a walk on Friday morning before lunch and before heading out to the store. It's great to go up in the off season because the resort is practically empty.

Unfortunately, our trip was cut short because THIS is the reality of how Noah looked most of the time.
He is very much a creature of habit and routine, and did not take kindly to having to sleep in a bed that was not his own. To make that quite clear to us, he proceeded to cry for over 3 hours Thursday night (with a one-hour break while I tried to calm him down enough for him to sleep - didn't work). He finally fell asleep around midnight, only to wake up crying again at 1 am.

After that night, and since we had taken care of everything we needed to, we decided to head home Saturday instead of Sunday to spare ourselves one night of misery.

Of course, Noah "only" cried for about 30 minutes Friday night and slept peacefully the rest of the night... we're hoping he will adjust more easily on our trip home. (This is your fair warning and chance to uninvite us if you don't want to risk losing one or more night's sleep if we will be staying with you-- of course this offer does not extend to my parents. Sorry, Mom and Dad.)

The Alps are beautiful in every season!

One day we are going to have to stop and see if there is a way to get up there and visit this castle in the mountains.

We are on countdown for our trip home now; we leave in 8 days! And we're praying everyone stays healthy this year!!

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