Yesterday was the first day of ski club for my 11 and 14 year old. My husband met them there after work and went skiing himself. This was my daughter's first time on a snowboard and my son and husband were very impressed with her! I was so happy for them to go out together. I don't know what I was thinking, though. When no one came home from school and work, I missed them! I was home with the little kids while they were out snowboarding, having a great time? I couldn't even remember why I was mad at them yesterday! I was just happy no one got hurt. That's my biggest worry.
Skiing can be very expensive. It's usually not a sport for someone on a tight budget, like us. Here's how we did it. First of all, let's just say, very generous grandma. She bought my son his snowboard for his Christmas present. Then she said she felt bad because she couldn't get him anything else. Puleeze! Don't feel bad! You're TOO generous! Now, if you don't have the generous grandma around, this is what my husband did! He had the skis, but needed boots. He searched Dick's, the swap and ski at the ski resort, Amazon (one of my favorite places), and EBay. Every place wanted at least $100 for used boots! A few weeks ago he went to the resort to pick up my son from snowboarding. Up on a high shelf they had used rental boots for sale. Get this, $10! They were the same ones that they were selling on Amazon, and they were in great shape! He said he felt like buying 10 pairs! What a deal!
Next, my mom and sister and I were going to buy him a buy 4 get 1 free lift pass for a Christmas present. After looking over their website carefully, I noticed they have a college discount. My husband takes 1 class a semester at the local college and is therefore considered a college student. The student price is only $19! Way cheaper than the buy 4 get 1 free! So, we just got my husband a gift card for the resort to pay for some of the $19 passes! Now, when I went to buy the card at the kiosk in the mall, the student price wasn't even advertised on their brochure. The girl working there didn't even know it existed! I had her call the resort to make sure I was right, and I was right!
So anyway, last night I got the two little ones to bed on time. While I was waiting for the rest of the gang to come home, I decided to watch Celebrity Apprentice. I usually don't like the Celebrity anything, but I loved it! I think this is going to be my favorite season. I like knowing these people from the start, and seeing who can do what. Stephen Baldwin is so funny. Wasn't he the one on Celebrity Mole? He made the whole show! I loved the hot dog sale. My husband said, "You wouldn't buy a hot dog for $100, would you?". I tried to explain to him that it was for charity and you get to buy it from a celebrity, but he didn't get it. (Actually, I still wouldn't have bought it.) I can't believe how many New Yorker's walk around with $100 in their pockets! I can't wait to see next week's show.