One of the best perks of my job is performing in some of the most beautiful places on earth. This week is one of them. Lake Tahoe takes my breath away every time I’ve been here. Granted, it’s altitude accounts for some of my breathlessness.

The view out our hotel window last night.

“Nate…come look out the window! It’s one of the most beautiful sunsets i’ve ever seen!”

“I’ve seen a sunset before, Mommy. I’m watching Darth Maul fight young Obi-Wan Kenobi when he had the braid”.

“Nate, please come look at the sunset…it’s really amazing!”

“No thank you, Mommy.”

“Nate, I’m not asking you…I’m telling you…come look out the window right now!”

“But Mommy…”

“RIGHT NOW! I promise you will like it more than the Darth Maul fight.”

{sighs…fists clenched at sides, Nate looks out window} “OK, I looked and I’m sorry to say that you are very wrong, Mommy…Darth Maul is much better than a sunset.”

I sincerely hope I don’t run into George Lucas anytime soon. I can’t afford the amount of money I’d have to put into the swear jar.

Nate & Mommy time on the ice.

“Mommy, all I ever wanted to do all my life was to ice skate…can we ice skate?”

“Sure, Nate! That’ll be fun. Let’s get dressed and go!”

The entire family went down to the ice rink this morning and stood at the ticket window with our jaws on the ground. It costs $20. each for adults and $15 for kids to skate! It would cost us $70. to fall on our butts for an hour!

“Nate, Daddy and Zeke are just gonna watch us skate.”

“Why?”

“Because we want to eat the rest of the week.”

I’ve only ice skated once before…with Mark at Rockafeller plaza in NYC. That was romantic and fun. Nate whining, “Mommy, I’m falling…I can’t do this…I want to go back to the hotel and watch Star Wars…” was the opposite of romantic and fun.

Nate and Mommy taking a break from falling to pose for a photo.

Why are life “lessons” so expensive?

Tomorrow is sledding down the mountain. Let’s see what we learn for $80.

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