From our little kitchen (complete with gifts and mimosas).
From three girls on a gondola.
And from the Hobbs!
We enjoyed some more fabulous skiing.
And we ended the day with a very fancy apres-ski Christmas dinner of bratwurst, pommes frites and beer!
After this, Auntie and Rory went on a special "little sisters mission" back down the mountain in the gondola. But Lily took one last run, all the way down, racing Mommy & Daddy the whole way. It was one of the greatest moments of the whole trip. She's really fast!
When we woke up on Christmas Eve to a snowy, windy blizzard, we were really excited to go skiing! We were less excited when we found out that the glacier we were planning to ski on, and where the girls were signed up for ski school, was closed due to dangerous conditions. Luckily, the people at the rental shop couldn't have been more helpful, finding us another mountain to ski on and finding the girls a private instructor. So while the mountain was a little smaller than we had planned on, it was still a fabulous day. Staring with this view from the base of the mountain.
The cutest, tiniest snow bunnies you ever did see!
Lily on the bunny slope. This may have been her first run.
It's hard to tell, because Lily took to skiing like a fish to water:
After a couple of turns on the bunny slope, she pointed up the mountain and said, "If you guys would just let me go up there, I could totally do that!" We still made her take the lesson with Nikolai.
Rory, on the other hand, was tired and hungry and unimpressed by the whole thing.
We also made her take the lesson with Nikolai. Both girls were officially skiing at the end of two hours. But during those two hours, us big kids got to go up to the top of the mountain!
The big snow bunnies!
The view from the top of the mountain.
The restaurant at the top.
Time to head home because of a another big storm rolling in!
After our two fun days in Amsterdam, we packed up again and flew to Vienna, where we rented a car and drove all the way across Austria to Neustift, where we were staying for a few days. On the way, we stopped in the sweet little town of Linz, for dinner and shopping at its Christmas Market.
The food was delicious, the drinks were warm and the atmosphere was magical. It was, however, cold and the girls had left their mittens in the car. So the first Austria souvenirs they got were new gloves.