That shouldn’t be such a notable occurrence, but we have had weeks of endless fog, gray skies and no snow and it gets a bit depressing after awhile. So a sunny day definitely comes as a pleasant surprise.
On the train this morning I could actually see the mountains beyond the lake, and for the first time in a long time I had to adjust my position at my desk because the sun was in my eyes. People seemed more cheerful today, and even the trees with their lack of leaves seem prettier.
Being up on the mountain here has a different feel than being at a ski resort in the states (at least the ones I’ve been to). Everything seems more open. People are skiing off piste, and it is definitely easier to get lost. Skis lifts are going every which way. There isn't a single lodge where you get your skis and your lunch, but at the bottom of many of the slopes you find small cafes where you can sit and relax. And since this is Switzerland, everyone sits outside. I also really enjoyed that they were playing "La Bamba" at the place I stopped for lunch.
On the ski lift you reach a point where all noise is deadened by the snow and everything just goes silent. Such a great weekend.
I first found out that there was another baby on the way on a very eventful moving day in 2011. Natalie jumped out of the car as soon as they arrived and said, “I’m going to be a big sister!” My eyes got big as I looked at Val for confirmation, and then, of course, when I got it I screamed. Typical.
A few months later, this little cutie arrived, and he's been smiling ever since. :-D
Happy birthday, Nathan!