I feel like I took a great big fresh breath full of the very best of winter today. My body was worked and all of my senses were made happy by beautiful things. I started the day at 6:30 for a 4-mile xc ski on the City Forest trail. I needed to get an early start because Sam was off for an all-day swim meet and I knew that was my only shot.
My upper body isn't used to being so well included in my workouts, and I can feel my muscles from head to toe in a profound way. Jackson was a great ski partner. He stayed on the trail either right behind me or right ahead of me the whole way. The pine trees were all heavily covered in snow and I was the only one out there, making fresh tracks.
Erica is just one of those people that I feel very lucky to know. I'm so excited for her to become a mother.
At the end of the trail there are lobster traps, a boat, a swing, and...
the ocean. In her backyard.
Um, guys? Do you really think this is a good idea?
What is Jackson thinking right here? "It's freaking cold in there!
Smiley Face! Get out of that water!"
There are only a handful of former students that I am this close with long after they've been out of school. It's an amazing thing to behold: I met Erica when she was 15 and got to watch her turn into a woman, teacher, wife, and now a mom. She's really not that much younger than me, so it feels kind of like she's a younger sister that I don't get to see often enough. Skyler took our photo.
I stopped on Erica's road and took this shot on our way out. The coast looks so pretty dressed up in snow.
I was sure everyone would sleep on the way home, but it was just our arctic ocean swimmer who fell soundly asleep and everyone else just got silly.
The kids wanted hot chocolate and I wanted a soy latte, and that's just what we got, and (after Reed dropped his hot chocolate all over the sidewalk and in the process of picking up his cup, I spilled my soy latte all over the sidewalk, and then I went back in and ordered them again) we sipped our way home, singing along to the Christmas carols.
xoxo Erica. Thank you for a lovely day.