Jack is continuing his skiing lessons at Centennial Park. He really enjoys these lessons and the week after arriving back from Mt Tremblant (our ski trip), he was put into the next level ski class. He is now really excited because he gets to go down the big hill and up the magic carpet.
Cyclone Yasi grounded us for a day or so here in Toronto. We spent a whole day and night glued to the laptop - skyping, emailing, monitoring the cyclone, listening to news updates from Australia etc. I think I got about 2hrs sleep in an entire 24hr period, which is probably more than a lot of our friends and family got back home. I remember seeing the cyclone approaching Queensland in the week prior to it hitting, thinking..."Gee, I hope everything at the house will be ok". As the system intensified and drew nearer to the coast with no signs of slowing down or changing direction, my thoughts quickly changed from concerns about property to concerns about our family and friends safety. To hell with "stuff" - we were praying that everyone would just be ok! We were very relieved that everyone came through it and that we only lost two trees in our yard back home.
We went to Holiday Valley Ski Resort a week ago, which is located in Ellicottville in the state of New York. A friend from 421 Fire Hall was going with his partner and we joined them for two days of skiing. The weather was really nice for the most part, except for the final afternoon where it started to rain. We had a lot of fun and Jack and I even skied a blue run (intermediate)!! We also went on the chair lift a number of times and I am proud to say that I didn't stack it once. Troy was not so skillful and he stacked it getting ONTO the chair lift. I still think it is irrelevant that he has to get himself AND Jack on & off the chairlift and I only have to look after myself.
The weather in Toronto is still very cold. It is really strange though because it can go from zero degrees one day to minus 25 the next. I am starting to get sick and tired of the cold weather. Bring on the sunshine and warmth!!