"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Thursday, January 01, 2009

New Years in North Conway

Seems we can't stay away from this town! Back we went to celebrate the New Year with some friends. Don't we just emanate fun!? Sometimes I wish we could contain our enthusiasm better.I didn't take out my camera until the next day (or was it the day after that?) when I followed the kids out to sled the hills.First they practiced on the mini hill right out back.And good thing too! They needed it.You have to build up your stamina for the big hill.At last everyone was ready to make the trek deeper into the woods. It was a musical-sled team effort to get there. Kids pushed Daddies...Daddies pulled big boys x 2 while carrying babies... Little girls pulled empty sleds...Boys pulled other boys...Daddies pulled babies...And preggo's paved the way pulling a kid while carrying another... It's the journey, they say- not so much the destination but you know, I may have to disagree.
We were greeted by the peak of Mt. Washington...I had a really hard time exposing for the mountain top hence the underexposed woods which weren't really all that dark as the picture depicts.And then the sledding resumed.

Those tireless troops climbed that hill over and over longer than I could stay warm. Happy New Year!

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