There is no stopping him

My goal this year was to get all three boys on skis. The older boys have skied a week or two each of the last two years.

Ryan(7) is now going down green and green/blue slopes carefully.

Reid(5) is a green slope skier with supervision and a little direction.

Rhett(3) has never been on skis, but has been trash-talking the entire family for weeks…

I am going to race with Grandpa.
I am going to win even though I fall down one time.
I am fast.
I want to go up the tallest mountain.

The great winter clothes and gear hand-me-down ceremony of 2009 occurred. Reid is now wearing Ryan’s old gear, Rhett is now in Reid’s and Ryan gets new – sometimes it is nice to be #1.

I took Rhett out to the hill.

He hopped on the magic carpet that took him to the top of the bunny slope and declared with out-stretched hand in my direction…

I don’t need you!

I squeezed in a little instruction and then went to stand in the middle of the hill to wait for his descent.

Turns out he has mad ski skillz. He skis with amazing control for a three year old UNTIL he gets within 10 feet of me so that he can use me as an emergency brake.

He has no incentive to stop.


He has no incentive to stop.


He laughs when he falls.
He runs into me for giggles.

He has no incentive to stop.

He begged to go to the top of the mountain, but I assured him that I would never take him until he can prove to me that he can stop when I ask.

He giggled…
And plowed into me.

The good news is that this activity wears him out.

Coincidentally, chasing him all over the hill trying to keep him from DEATH does the same to me…


  1. Awesome! Too cute!

  2. Angie Ledbetter says:

    Those photos belong in a big fat national magazine!! Grrrreat! (Did the chicken suit go along for the vacay?) 🙂

  3. I love skiing but I married a non-winter man and are kids have never experienced this wonderful sport before. I wish they could.

  4. Valarie Lea says:

    He is so cute!!!

  5. Go Rhett with your mad-ski-skills… but ummm, stopping is important; Sonny Bono didn’t stop for a tree and he’s playing gin with St. Peter now… plus, Mommy’s legs are going to look like she’s been in a car-wreck if you don’t stop using her for a bumper-guard. Mind you, Holly, I’m totally boning up on what to say to my son, cause he’s got the No Incentive To Stop gene too…

  6. Love this post. The Indians have been skiing a few years now and they are completely addicted. Eve is obsessed with moguls, and K-Man doesn’t have the word “turn” in his vocabulary. They wear me out on the slopes due to the fact that a. I always get a touch of atitude sickness and b. I am out of shape! But we all love it and wouldn’t have it any other way.

  7. good for him! (and you… it’s great that you get your boys out there.) I always intend to take Gen but…

  8. DTH, your ski pants are HAWT!

    GO REID!! Woohoo!!!

    The first time I skied, I went down the hill like a pro, it was gorgeous. Until I reached the bottom where I did a front flip and landed on my back. Thus ending my illustrious skiing career.

  9. i haven’t been skiing in years, and my kids have never been. one of these days i would love for them to learn!

  10. Chickadee says:


    He is ADORABLE in his little ski outfit.

    And now you can add “ski stopper” to your list of mom responsibilities.

  11. Elaine A. says:

    Hot Tottie anyone?

    He looks so cute in his skiing gear!

  12. ParentingPink says:

    He is sooooo cute! And yes, it’s always a “good thing” when you can wear them out instead of vice versa!

  13. Petra a.k.a The Wise (*Young*) Mommy says:

    Wow, he looks like a natural! And the wearing out is ALWAYS a good thing!

  14. I came over from Kellan’s blog, this is a really cute post and I love your children’s names.

  15. Hilarious! And those tiny skis on that tiny cute little skier have got to be about the cutest thing I’ve seen.

  16. Manic Mommy says:

    We’re hoping to get the boys up on skis this year. Gremlin would drop off a cliff just to watch me jump after him. HRH is cautious and Daddy is a great skier and teacher. Maybe Gremlin and I can tube while Daddy takes my HRH down.

  17. Elizabeth says:

    Too cute! Gotta love a trash talker who follows through. My advice, Get out of the way…give him some incentive to stop! LOL

    I got me a pair of X Country skis last year…now I just need some snow!
    My kids would probably be great skiers….I’m a easy trail gal myself…and hubby has never skied. We are concentrating on ice skating this year. My Dad is the ski pro in this outfit…75 and still skis Aspen, Vail, Vermont…

  18. Jenni Jiggety says:

    He is so flippin’ cute.

  19. He is so cute. I have only gone snowboarding. When I went there was a layer of ice on top of the snow so it was kind of difficult. I really want to try skiing.

  20. MommyTime says:

    It sounds like he skis just like I do — only I need something considerably larger than my mother to serve as an effective emergency brake. So I mostly just fall over when I get to the bottom of the hill. It works just fine. 🙂

  21. Trannyhead says:

    My husband and I are skiiers and we’re sort of scared that our toddler is going to turn into a snowboarder since that’s what ALL the kids do, now. WTF – snowboarding is for pansies. Skiing is way hawter.

  22. Weaselmomma says:

    Too cute! Looked like it was fun!

  23. Happy Campers says:

    Those are precious pics…and I LOVE your outfit@! 🙂

  24. Threeundertwo says:

    oh. I did it wrong. I sent the kids to ski school so they could run into other people while I sat in the lodge and had hot chocolate with kahlua. Stupid me. Look at all the fun I missed.

  25. Midwest Mom says:

    Wow. I’ve been holding out because mine are 7, 5, and 3 and I thought the youngest might be too young for ski school this year.

    Now I know how wrong I was to wait!

    Look out, slopes! Here we come. ;D
    – Julia at Midwest Moms

  26. Domestic Goddess (In Training) says:

    And I wanted to teach my 9 year old stepdaughter to ski!!! She’d break me (no pun intended).

  27. the planet of janet says:

    remind me to stay off the slopes when rhett gets on ’em.


  28. We’re working on getting ours on skis as well.

  29. Oh that sounds like a great family trip. Except for the nerve wracking, hand wringing nonstop Rhett stuff going on. But, then…you sound pretty relaxed for a stop sign mommy. What fun pictures!

  30. T with Honey says:

    You’re a much smarter mommy. We made the mistake of letting Princess ski between our legs the first time out. The second trip we couldn’t take it anymore and paid for a private lesson. She did great! Skiing on her own, stopping when told and even starting to make turns.

    When the lesson was over she was excited to ski with mommy and daddy. Until we got off the magic carpet and I headed out a little ahead and Honey told her to go ahead and ski.
    She freaked and refused to go down by herself. She wants to go skiing again but insists that we have to let her ski with her teacher again. Fat chance of that happening!

  31. jill jill bo bill says:

    I had no idea you and your kids were puppets. Too cute!!!!

  32. Jennifer H says:

    Are you available when it’s time for me to learn to ski? I’m pretty sure I’ll need help stopping.

    (Good thing Blog Stedman is a doctor, is all I’m sayin’. Might want to have him on hand when we hit the bunny slope.) 🙂

  33. GradyZora is my favorite person on the show, Sonny with a chance is great! Thanks for your blog, I enjoyed this post!

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