We had a beautiful family weekend away and I tell you it was just what I was needing. We stay at the base of Mount Taranaki and enjoy looking at the view daily, the mountain always looks different but my favourite look is when it is covered in snow. Right now it is and it is stunning, so very stunning.
(view of the mountain from our drive)
Lucy has been asking to go build a snowman for months now, especially an Olaf, so daddy promised her a trip up the mountain as a late birthday getaway as he was offshore on her actual birthday. Off we went straight from school on Friday armed with print out faces of Olaf ready to build him, but of course the weather was not playing the game. The snow just was too hard and too little to build with but we still had heaps of fun.
I tell you what, it is FREEZING up the mountain, so so so very COLD but we took heaps of layers/thermals and made the 30 minute drive up to the mountain lodge. We checked in to our chalet first then headed further up the mountain to see how low the snow had came.
We then headed to the restaurant for our dinner and WOW it was so so good, and the wine was amazing and after our meal we sat by the cosy fire and just relaxed with each other, played games and read.
The staff there were really friendly, one even did Lucy's make up for her, I just love it when places are good to children and just embrace them.
First thing in the morning we headed up the mountain and went a good walk up it, all layered up and cosy. It was quite a hike up there but fun at the same time. Lucy kept stopping to play with the snow and daddy taught her how to make the best snow balls. We couldn't find any snow soft enough to make a snowman so we plan on going back to do that another day.
After we got back down we played Monopoly where Lucy of course kicked our asses as she usually does, I swear she is a Monopoly genius that girl. We also watched movies and just chilled.
Then we headed back to the restaurant for more yummy dinners and to relax by the fire.
What a fabulous weekend, I can not wait to do it again. It was so nice getting away but only driving 30 minutes to get there, yet you feel as if you not at home if that makes sense. I love getting to spend quality time with Gary and Lucy, we are so lucky to have each other, they sure make me happy.
Oh and while up the mountain a friend challenged me to do the ALS Ice bucket challenge so I got right on that, thermal and all :) I had taken this pink tub with us full of milk/wine/snacks etc so I used that, It was the only one though so I guess I got lucky with only one soaking. You can see the video HERE I tell you what it was freezing, but it made me laugh hard.