Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Day three- already

Everyone is moving kind of slow today- I mean everyone.  Breakfast was a little later, warm-ups were a little slower, and they were calling skiiers to take thier turns.  I had to giggle at warm ups this morning when the Austrian kids all moaned when we were warming up.  The other funny thing is the dogs. There are about four lake dogs here.  They run free, cruise under the tables when we eat, and fish or swim in the lakes.  The funniest thing is when they join us for warm ups.  Every morning after breakfast, Ann leads a warm up with music.  As soon as she turns on the music Frankie and Amber run over and start playing with each other.  They wrestle, growl and frisk all over everyone's towels.  Ann says they do it every morning. 

This morning I went to the physical therapist with Patrick.  He is from Sweden and has been skiing and working here for about 8 weeks.  He hurt his elbow and needed another session with the therapist.  I struggled through the night with side pain, then had to get David to help me out of the bed.  I knew I would feel better if someone could poke around and give me a little clue as to what I may have done.  Sure enough the therapist says I pulled my oblique and the intercostal on my left side.  I feel sure it happen when they were yanking me out of the water yesterday.  She gave me some heat and stem, then did a little deep tissue work.  It does feel better.  I will not ski today (or jump), and see how it goes tomorrow.  I am thinking I may save myself for tennis.  Baily and I made a deal that if I can we will jump together tomorrow.
 Hoping to post more pictures later this afternoon.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Drum roll please.....

Here are the pictures that are the most fun to look at.  Smilin' Dawn...

Jonathan said, "your all over the place out there.  Your hands are way up here, your working too hard- what are you doing?' But he said it with an acent so it was all good!

If you look at these pictures compared to Alex's you can see how terrible my form is.  I need to lean more forward, weight in the front leg, relax my arms, lead with my hips, blablabla.
Today I pulled a muscle in my obliques- it hurts to take a breath.  I hope that the ice I have been putting on it and Advil from the Zachery Walmart will ease the pain and allow me to ski tomorrow.  If not I will have to write down all my ski tips and focus more on my jumping.  Josh said I should have a go!  Really everyone thinks I should try.  David has not agreed to it yet.

David having fun on Day 2

"I'm so happy to still be able to move!"

David had to beg me to take his picture, then I could only find two I thought were good enough to post.  I will get an earlier start tomorrow when he is not so sore.

Blair at Bennett's ski school Day2

Blair has taken to the wakeboard and is improving with every run.  He is getting lots of great tips from the instructors as well as another student who is doing wirlly birds and flips.  He was an instructor here before and is really good about giving advice. 

Alex at Bennett's Day 2

Alex has found his new love- slalom skiing.  The guys here -especially Brad, have discovered that Alex is a natural.  He enjoyed two hard runs today, and by the pictures you can see he has perfect form.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Day one

We have all had a run or two on the lake.  David statred us out on the wakeboard, and even though the guy before him was doing flips, this old man did a great job!
Alex went next on the knee board.  It didn't take long before he was facing backwards- I bet he will get lots of tricks under his belt before the week is out.
After Alex, Blair took his turn on the wakeboard.  He looked great!

Look closely to see Blair in the air!
Next was my turn.  The drivers changes out the boat to pull skiiers throught the slalom course.  I was a little stiff at first, but loosened up by the second pass.  Their tips were very helpful. 
We had a break for lunch which is prepared for us and waiting when the dinner bell rings.  Then we will take up to two more runs this afternoon. 
I have already had my Advil so maybe I can comb my hair tonight.  If not it won't matter- it is very laid back here and no one really cares. 

My week at ski school

This is my family's log about our stay is at Bennetts waterski school in Baton Rouge. Last summer I suggested to David that we find a waterski school for Blair to hone his skills at running the course on Smith Lake.  David said he had wanted to go to ski school since he was 16years old and if Blair went he was going too!  Here we are.  I have to admit, I am totally out of my element here.  Among our school mates there are kids (14 years or so) from Austria who are tournament skiiers.  They will be slalom, trick and jumping!  There is a family from Sweden.  I don't know much about them yet except I heard the dad say he had back trouble and wouldn't be skiing- he may be my friend for the week.  There is another guy who used to work here- back for a visit.  At the orientation meeting, they asked us to write what we can do, and our goals for the week.  This is my list:
1.  I can get up on one after a few times, and only if David, Donna or now Blair pulls me.
2.  I smile really big when I ski and usually scream with joy!
My goals:
1. To make it through the slalom course at least once.
2.  To have a cajun accent before I leave at the end of the week.
We will see how it goes!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Build a Blossom stamp set and Blossom Petal punch

Here  is a card made with the Blossom Petal Punch featured in the Stampin'Up! mini catalog.  There is a coordinating stamp set which makes building flowers a sinch!  I was inspired by a card made by Rita Wright, another SU demonstrator.  The important things I learned from this card are:
1.  Run the card stock through the Big Shot with the embossing folder first then fold in half and score.  Embossing the paper changes the size and shape just enough to throw of that clean fold.
2.  Dying the white ribbon with reinkers gives a cool variation in the ribbon.

3.  The Framed Tulips folder is beautiful, but getting a clean, centered image is a trick.  I found the best place for the paper to be in the folder then added tape to the outside of the folder so I can line up the paper each time to get a centered embossing on each card.
I hope this helps when you try using your Framed Tulips Embossing Folder.

Card Recipe: 
Build A Blossom stamp set
 Baja Blue, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake card stock
Crumb Cake, Rose Red ink
First Edition Designer Series Paper, Pear Pizzaz DSP
Framed Tulip Embossing Folder, Blossom Petal Punch,White Taffeta ribbon, Old Olive reinker ,Pearls, dimensionals,  sponge daubers

Let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks for looking!