Probably our best effort yet was when we lived in Saitama and planned a night away in an onsen with baby Meg.
Then we started searching for somewhere easy to get to by car from gridlocked Saitama....
Then thinking of the packing necessary to travel with molly-coddled-first-child.
So we decided to make it a day trip.
But where could we go that wouldn't end up being more drive time than bathe time....
And after tossing around ideas and even considering the local public (non-onsen) bath down the road we ended up walking literally across the road and buying a box of bath salts and all squishing in our apartment's bath together.
So yeah, think big, act small around here!
And so it was that our 'let's take the girls skiing' day trip idea started grand.
We live in Nagano- surrounded by ski resorts- which one?
Hakuba? Beautiful, famous, a little far....
Norikura? Less facilities, close, very hairy road to get there...
Asahi Prime? Very un-famous, very close, not very exciting snow....
Meg wants to snowboard.
Amy doesn't want to ski or snowboard. She wants to sled.
K will ski but not snowboard.
I want to do something all together.
Meg doesn't want to be by herself.
Neither girl wants to go to ski school unless one of us goes too.
I'm pretty sure neither K nor I will get into the under 12 ski school...
Meg decides she would rather sled, too.
We are surrounded by snow and live in a mountain. It is crazy to drive all the way to a ski reort- to drive anywhere- to go sledding.
And so we walk to the top of the road and spend the morning sledding at the baseball ground there.
We even took a spade and made a jump:
And despite the rather extreme downsizing of our plans a fun time was had by all and we ate our lunch on the upturned sleds looking out over Matsumoto.
Maybe we'll try ski school again next year.....