Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Teach a Girl to Ski & You Feed her for a Lifetime

Happy Wednesday Guys&Gals!

{My Dad and Mom circa 1982}

Well on Sunday I got to head up to the Mountain again - something I'm always so grateful for.

{JJ, Brian and Me at Mt. Hood on 2.28.10}

I made the trek with a group of my friends but no matter who I go with to Ski, I always think of my parents.

{LEFT: In the Car on the way up! RIGHT: Shanin and Me after Skiing}

I am an Oregon native: Born & Raised. However- my parents are not. My Mom was raised in Pennsylvania but moved to Utah in her twenties for a boyfriend. My Dad on the other hand, was raised in Montana and Colorado (Go Broncos!) but moved to Utah for college. It was there that my Dad and Mom met (and to make a long story short...) fell in love, married and moved to Oregon where my Dad had been accepted to Graduate school.

{Me in my beautiful Ski gear on Sunday}

Their move to Oregon was out of left field for both of them. Neither of their families knew much about Oregon or why they were living there and I’m not sure they really knew how they ended up here as well. However, they hunkered down and started a life: my Mom as the Homemaker with a small column on the side and my Dad as the wage-earner. Though he was steadily growing in his field and moving up, my parents had 5 mouths to feed on one income.

{Check out that view!}

Thus, whenever my little family had enough money to fly somewhere, my Parents couldn't bring themselves to fly us anywhere besides the Midwest to see my Dad's family or to Pennsylvania to see my Mom's family.

{The 4 of us on our last run of the night: Tilly, Brian, JJ & Me}

This meant that in my young years- family vacations were more "Staycations". One of the best parts of Oregon is that you are less than 4 hours away from basically anything: Forest, Mountains, Deserts, Rivers, Lakes, Beaches, etc.

{Me Skiing on Sunday}

Thus our family usually spent a week at a Beach house in the summer and in the winter - in a cabin at Mt. Hood.

{Me in the forefront with JJ behind me}

Part of the fun for my Parents' on these trips was the Skiing aspect. They loved to spend the entire day hitting the slopes with ease.


{The view from one of the slopes}

At age 6- 8 however, I did NOT. I couldn't barely walk in my Skis let alone go down a Mountain in them. I never wanted to go to the ski resorts and just wanted to stay at home at the Lodge. My Parents wouldn't have it. Everyday that they would head to the Mountain to Ski- they would drop me off at the Lessons where I would cry and cry and cry... usually to my Dad saying "For God's Sakes' Caitlin!! Stop being a baby!"

{Me last Sunday}

When I finally decided to take his advice something started to happen... I started to learn how to Ski. I learned how to turn, how to stand up after falling (a feat with poles attached to your feet!) and how to ski without the assurance of a snow plow.


Every winter in high school, my parents would pay for me to do Ski Bus- which got me up to the mountain at least 10 times a winter and now at age 25; I'm a very skilled Skier.


I now can easily do small jumps and I can nail Black Diamonds (most difficult). Everytime I go to the Mountain I think that not only did my Parents teach me how to Ski but that they gave me the lifelong gift of Skiing. It feels so amazing to go down the mountain and see the spectacular views on the way.

{LEFT: Meal after a long day on the Mountain. RIGHT: Leaving the Lodge}

My Brother, My Sister and I all Ski (well, my Bro boards) thanks to the opportunities from our Parents (both financially and emotionally) and for that... I say THANK YOU.

{JJ, Brian, Me, Tilly, Shan at Mt. Hood on Sunday}

Knowing the story of how I can ski makes a day like Sunday... even sweeter.

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24 comments:

ellinelle said...

.it must be wonderful love story about your mum and dad ..the pictures are so beautiful,the nature are amazing ..it's so wonderful that you love skiing , I tried but coudnt really do that ,I was really ashamed when 4 year olds was skiing down the hill but me scared on the top :))) I'm more beach volleyball person : )
have a nice evening : )

Mari said...

That is so sweet about your parents love...and you look JUST like your mom!

Leah said...

That's a wonderful story Caitlin. I know how we hated our parents before when they force us to do something that we don't want to do. Then now, we really appreciate the fact that they did. Parents are the best. xoxo

Nahl said...

I love the love story of your parents-like it was meant to happen!
Gorgeous pictures love. I'm glad you had a wonderful time. :)

Kristin said...

What a beautiful tribute to your parents!

Kara said...

SUCH a cute story!! Your parents must be so proud :) My parents have always done wonderful things for me too and I love being able to brag about my family on my blog. It's one of the best things about blogging!

OceanDreams said...

I loved hearing more about your family and how nice that they instilled skiing into you and that they encouraged you to keep on trying it even when you didn't want to! Great job girl and love all of your photos.

Nathalie said...

I can so imagine little Caitlin not wanting to ski... Sometimes seems like you really have to force your children into their luck :) Such a wonderful picture of your parents!! And I also learned skiing from a young age, I now switched to snowboarding, but I think one day I will go back to the skis (I can't imagine myself being a mom on the snowboard, haha)
*Nathalie

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

WOW! This first picture of your parents is beyond amazing! When I just saw it I thought it was some cool phto of some unknown to me old Hollywood couple!! AMAZING shot! This post makes for such a great tribute to your parents, and the photo accompanies it perfectly.

I never really knew that about Oregon, but it being less than 4 hours away from forests, mountains, rivers, beaches, and everything else sounds cool. And I have no idea what black diamonds in skiing are?

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

WOW! This first picture of your parents is beyond amazing! When I just saw it I thought it was some cool phto of some unknown to me old Hollywood couple!! AMAZING shot! This post makes for such a great tribute to your parents, and the photo accompanies it perfectly.

I never really knew that about Oregon, but it being less than 4 hours away from forests, mountains, rivers, beaches, and everything else sounds cool. And I have no idea what black diamonds in skiing are?

mirmirfosho said...

this post is really cute and makes me a tad jelly. love the pic of your parentals, and also the fact you cropped jocie out, hahah. i wish i was better at snowboarding, and i also wanna try skiing one day. it seems a bit more relaxing and fun. hmmmmmmmm.

kirstyb said...

love your leopard print hoodie xxxx

Sher said...

Aww that first pic of your parents makes my heart melt! They look so loving!!

And how wonderful are they to have forced you to learn skiing hehe:P

xx

Cafe Fashionista said...

Ohmigosh you are the cutest thing ever. I love this story, and all of the pictures. You've made me want to go out and learn how to ski. And could the story about your mom and dad be sweeter?! Ummm...heck no!! :)

bananas. said...

I would love to learn to ski so i can a rock a nifty ski outfit like yours. You look adorable as a ski bunny! And that picture of your parents is classic. I see where the good looks come from :)

Jaime said...

This is such a cute post - I adore that pic of your parents! They look so happy :)

Kata Wagner Berg said...

O,I am so ready for skiing after seen you pictures. I haven't sky this year yet :( In Norway I am gonna have opportunity for sure ;)

The first picture about your parents it's so cute...1982..I was born :) Thank you the story

Vanessa said...

That pic of your parents is precious. I'm jealous of your skiing abilities. Too bad I can barely stand without falling let alone put me in skiis. Beautiful pics!

the "L" spot said...

How fun I wish I could ski! Your pictures are all gorgeous!!

Rhiannon Nicole said...

What amazing pictures you got skiing. I love it! You're so cute in your outfits! and your parents :) I love that picture of them!

The Owl's Closet said...

hi, caitlin! sorry i've been MIA. i've missed ur posts! love the story behind ur skiing skills:D omgosh, the picture of ur parents is beautiful! what a great candid shot! u're so lucky to live close to such gorgeous scenery! thanks for sharing:)

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Vintage Me New You said...

You look gorgeous in your skiing garment:)
And I can tell you had a blast!
Hope you are doing great and you'll have fun this weekend.

xoxo,
Gia.

Savvy Gal said...

Oh I wish I can ski well. I fall very gracefully, I think. : ) Happy Friday!

Iva said...

awww! so sweet!!