Making Fun Happen!

Have you had those times when even the best laid plans go awry?  That sure summed up our annual after Christmas trip to Maine where with one daughter and her family we look forward to enjoying a taste of winter and snow and skiing.

The morning we were leaving, daughter wakes up sick, no doubt having picked up the bug that plagued her house during the holiday visit of her sister whose husband and three toddler boys each took a turn being ill.  Daughter is left behind with chills and fever…..bummer… the rest of us head to Rockport where for the first time there is no snow for our winter visit.  To make matters worse the Camden Snow Bowl wasn’t going to open on schedule resulting in “What, no snow!  We can’t ski, what are we gonna do, Lulu?”  

SugarloafWhat’s a Lulu to do when confronted with such disappointed concern? Well, I whipped out my phone sitting right on the tarmac before takeoff and started calling places at Sugarloaf Mountain, about 2 1/2 hours from Rockport, where there was lots of snow and good skiing.  

SugarloafAs you might guess, places to stay at the last minute were limited, but after several unsuccessful calls, one was recommended as a possibility. Luckily, it had two rooms for two nights later in the week and wasn’t too far from the mountain.  Six of us crowded into small spaces reminiscent of summer camp cabins, but, hey, that was part of the adventure and fodder for shared memories!

SugarloafNot wanting to miss all the fun, daughter felt better after a couple of days and flew up to join us for the Sugarloaf adventure.   

Sugarloaf1Now, you may not know this but Sugarloaf is the largest ski resort east of the Rockies, and the kids were surprised to find that it was the real deal.  They were delighted to have their choice of long runs with varying degrees of difficulty, quite different from the Camden Snow Bowl where skiing is relaxed and easy.

SugarloafAs for me, I didn’t ski but bonded with the daughter shopping for new hats that would keep our ears warm in the subzero temps!  All in all the Sugarloaf adventure was great fun and proves that things can work out well at the last moment, even with some preliminary stress!

Here’s hoping that your holidays went well and that your New Year is off to a good start.  I look forward to what we share in 2015.

i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind

19 thoughts on “Making Fun Happen!

  1. Such a lovely storied adventure! Wishing you and yours an abundant New Year full of joy!

  2. Happy new year! Godt nyttår!

  3. What a lovely vacation, Lulu. Your daughter looks quite well again in the photo. 🙂

  4. Well, you certainly make lemonade out of lemons!!…and glad that your daughter was able to join you after all….

  5. You put the HAPPY in everyone’s New Year, dear Lulu! But heck! Where is your best recipe for a good cup of hot chocolate? Bet you have one, and it was delicious at your Sugarloaf getaway!

  6. You are right, sometimes those unexpected change of plans result in the best memories!! Tina

  7. Sounds like a lot of fun and laughter!!

  8. Sounds like fun anyway Lulu, you sure came through! Family trips are always full of drama!

  9. Amazing that you were able to get rooms…know everyone had fun! I’m still thinking about the photo you posted of the frozen harbor…I best stay in the south! Happy New Year to all!

  10. 60’s here on Christmas was just what my doctor ordered lol Hope everyone is once again feeling good Happy New Year!

  11. Billie Marasa Keirstead January 4, 2015 — 9:15 am

    I,just love reading your blogs. I,want to,be you when I grow up. Actually, YOU are the ME I wanted to be but didn’t quite achieve. Thank you for letting me, and no doubt others, participate vicariously in your amazing life.

  12. Often, misadventures lead to adventure. 😉 Nice that you and your family had a fun and engaging holidays.

  13. I am glad things worked out in the end and you all had a good vacation. Here’s to lots more FUN in 2015!!!!

  14. Way to go Lulu! I’m glad you found a way to enjoy the snow at the last minute!

  15. I love that you didn’t let a little old thing like no snow wreak havoc on your plans!! You go girl! I don’t ski but always thought a stay at a lodge in a resort would be right up my alley. I would be content in front of a fire with a book and just people watching!

    I enjoyed your family pics (you are SO pretty!). Did your daughter ever start her new blog? I think that was months ago but I never followed through.

    Happy New Year!

    Jane x

  16. You make fun with whatever you do!!! Love the hat!

  17. Great adventure and memories for sure!

    1. Sometimes you have to make lemonade out of lemons. This time I got lucky!

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