Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Cupcake Saga

Leo enjoys a birthday treat.

Little One

Yes, it's hard to believe, but our little Leo has completed one full orbit of the Sun.

Now that's a cause for celebration.

Cousins Sam and Tess were on hand for the festivities, as was Big Brother Miles, of course.

Leo took advantage of the opportunity to strut his stuff in front of an audience.  (He had long since won a bet for his Daddy by starting walking well in advance of his first birthday.)

Then it was time to don party hats...

... and open first birthday presents.

Happy Birthday to our little cupcake!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Kids on Skis

Inspired by his Olympic experience, Miles decided to start training for 2014.

It was his first time on skis of any kind, but he (briefly) handled them like a pro.

Leo, on the other hand, was thinking about luge.

After a brief moment of athletic exertion, the boys settled in for a somewhat more leisurely ride in the ski trailer.

It was a bright sunny day on the Iron Horse Trail just east of Snoqualmie Pass.

The boys came equipped for all conditions.

But the sun kept shining over Keechelus Lake.

Leo had a jolly time.

While Miles struck a more pensive pose.

Mommy tried the sled out for speed.

Lulled to sleep were two future Olympians.

As two proud parents looked on.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Olympic Roundup

On our final Olympic day, Mommy made some interesting new friends.

After finishing her ice sculpture....

... she ventured back to the Whistler Olympic Park.

Thanks to our friends Rod and Julie, she found herself in the possession of tickets to the women's 15km cross-country ski race.

It was another festive day of flag-waving fans from the frozen North....

One last chance to soak up the Olympic experience...

...And another exciting race.

Well, we had to let the Swedes win something.

Meanwhile, Miles and Connor helped supervise the packing up of the condo....

... which should be a medal sport in its own right.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Olympic Villagers

While Daddy was spellbound by Nordic Combined, Mommy and the boys were completing an Alpine Combined of their own.

They braved a ride on the Peak-to-Peak gondola, an extravagant but breathtaking new lift directly connecting the high alpine areas of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains in a mere 11 minutes.   Whether such a thing was actually necessary is debatable -- the two mountains are already connected at the base, and they are each so vast that there's no need to try to ski them both in the same day.

But there's no denying the scale of the engineering feat.   It's hard to say which is more impressive -- the 4.4 km total length, of which 3 km is an unsupported dangle from a hopefully strong cable, over 436m (1500 feet) above the valley floor below -- or the fact that they were able to get insurance for the darn thing.

We're just glad it transported our team safely to Blackcomb and back.

Don't look down, Miles!

 Hang in there, Leo.

 Down in the Village, the sun was now out to stay -- the start of a much-needed run of brilliant weather.

Back on terra firma, Miles made himself at home in the Olympic Playground...

 ... where he found himself on a Olympic ring of his own.

 As the festivities gained momentum, the Village swelled with musicians and street performers.

Many of the crazier ones seemed to be from Quebec.

Maybe it was just a Queincidence.

In any event, we all enjoyed the unfolding spectacle.

 We took the opportunity to test out some official Olympic gear.

 Miles was able to shave several hundreds of a second off his personal best.

A number of the winter sport powers had set up their own mini-embassies in Whistler Village (on a smaller scale, no doubt, than they did back in Vancouver).   The "Maison de la Suisse" attracted a lively crowd with its Swiss team merchandise and steady supplies of Glühwein and raclette.


The Russians brought their own unique fashion sensibility to the scene -- one that, for better or worse, we will see a lot more of at Sochi in 2014.

Speaking of merchandise, Miles received a warm embrace from Vancouver 2010's swarming team of mascots.

Leo picked up some Olympic swag as well. 

 Nice touque!

 Meanwhile, who knew that British Columbia had its own unique form of reggae?

 Apparently, these people did.

 We were content to watch the scene from our hot tub on the terrasse.

And somehow, amidst all the activity, Daddy and Mommy were able to slip away to catch one more big event -- Valentine's Day!