So I went ahead and moved my family to France for five months — two adults and two small children, ages 2 and 4. Some of my friends think we’re crazy, most are envious. Others are perplexed. “Why on earth would someone from Colorado move to Chamonix?” asked the befuddled British couple we met at the local […]

The kitchen floor was filthy and at least three loads of laundry needed to be done. We could have done any number of wholesome family activities together that sunny Sunday. Instead I went mountain biking. It had been two years since I’d been on my mountain bike, and, the weekend before, I finally pulled it out of […]

Today is my son’s first birthday, and I’ve been riding a wave of memories and high emotion for the past couple days, crescendoing just recently, at 11:49 am — one year to the minute since my baby boy was born. For some reason, the memories are more clear than with my daughter’s birth, and it’s not just because […]

Originally posted on Adventurous Parents:
*This is the third post in a series on taking risks outdoors as parents. Read Part 1 and Part 2. Here’s the scenario I left you with in Part 2 of this series: Back in August my husband went on his first big trip since we had our daughter –…

It was a sunny, calm late winter day and I had taken off my jacket. Even though the elevation was 12,000 feet, it was way too warm  to wear for the hike up Highlands Ridge, the 700 or so vertical-foot rise that accesses the ski terrain in Highland Bowl. My belly was round as a […]

I had only been off the hill two weeks, but everything felt completely different when I got back on skis  after giving birth. I felt nervous, like I was trying something new, and self-conscious, fumbling with my gear and feeling like everyone was watching me. Riding up on the gondola, I felt like I was […]

Now back to the immediate physical reason for my birthing exclamation: “I don’t think I can do this!” Childbirth is excruciatingly painful (or as one mother I know so honestly summarized it: “it sucks”) — yet, nobody talks about it. I mean nobody really talks about it. It all starts when you find out your […]