A few weeks ago we decided to have a family retreat, much the same way a Company would have a retreat to build unity to focus vision on what we're trying to accomplish as a family. We decided to spend the night at the Alta Ski Lodge. It was an excellent choice, as the rooms were large (Queen, Full, and Twin), the price was right, the scenery was gorgeous, there was no TV, and nobody else at the Lodge. It was fantastic.
Although there was no TV, there was fast Wi-Fi. I had decided we should watch together the making of Pixar, a documentary on the success of the company that makes the movies my kids love. That night we watched it together in our hotel room, and then spent some time talking about what made Pixar successful. I love that my kids are getting older and beginning to recognize attributes and virtues that people/teams/companies display and can interpret how that makes them successful. It was a great conversation! After our talked we headed to the hot tubs, then to bed.
The next morning we played some card games, and the spent some time writing on 3X5 cards attributes we wanted to have as a family. We haven't yet incorporated that into a mission statement, but it was again satisfying to hear my kids talk about what they thought would be important as a family. "Work hard and play hard" came from both Drew and Eli. Isaac wrote something like "Love of Curiosity". We also talked about compassion, empathy, and other virtues we want to emulate as a family. Hopefully it will give us direction when feel frustrated.
After all the discussion about improving ourselves, since we worked hard, we decided it was time to play hard. He drove down the canyon a few feet to Snowbird and spent the day on their outdoor features. We originally only purchased Charlotte 2 ride tickets on the Alpine Slide, but after one run it was clear she wanted to do it "AGAIN!" and "AGAIN!" so we exchanged the other ticket for an all-day pass. I must have ridden it over half a dozen times with her!
|Eli and Mom on the right slide|
|Eli, Drew, and Isaac loved the trampolines, and were determined to do back-flips all day long|
|Charlotte and I ready to go down the Alpine Slide|
|Heather and Charlotte|