Is this the coolest kid you've ever seen or what? JR started snowboarding lessons last night. The lessons are actually called "snowsurfers", how cute of a name is that? He was so excited about his lessons that he wore his helmet in the car on the way there. There's a small "mountain" a couple of miles from our house where you can ski and snowboard at night. So he will be snowboarding Tuesday and Thursday nights for the next two weeks. I know snowboarding is hard, (not that I've tried, but it looks hard) so I talked to JR a lot about how he was going to fall down, and it would take him awhile to get the hang of it. He was convinced that they would teach him "to do a flip" on his first lesson.
After we got there, I stayed and watched his lesson and at one point I thought I was going to have to go and "have a nice chat" with the teacher. JR came down the hill and then she unlatched him from the board and told him to carry his board back up the hill. I watched JR struggle with that board for 5 minutes. He'd try and drag it a little way and then he would loose his grip and it would slide back down the hill. (The teacher was ignoring him and helping somebody else.) I was getting more furious by the second, there was my 5 year old baby struggling in the snow with that big, heavy snowboard! Had I been wearing my new snowboots I would have pranced myself right into the middle of the lessons, but I was afraid I'd slip on the ice and really make a spectacle of myself. I just wanted the teacher to go carry it for him; I had no idea there's an "easy" way to carry a snowboard. But apparently there is. One of the other moms standing there also felt sorry for JR and went and showed him the right way to pick it up and carry it. After she showed him, JR picked it right up and marched up that hill like it was the easiest thing he'd ever done. I wanted to strangle the teacher! She didn't even show him how to carry it! Now if we'd been paying big bucks for this class I would have made a big production of speaking to managers and such, but the class is taught through the Colorado Parks and Recreation Department. The 2 week class is only $24, how can I complain? After the "carrying fiasco" the rest of the class went really smoothly. He got a bit frustrated trying to get up, but other than that he really liked it. He was very proud of himself, and I was proud of him too. My little snowsurfer!