375 days ago my husband and I made a concrete decision. To move to France to do a ski season. With our children.
As 2016 recedes, it is with gratitude and a smile that I wave it goodbye. 2016 for us was a year of planning & anticipation. And the year I started The Family Freestylers blog. A lot can happen in a year, 365 days. Decisions made that change your lives. Today we finally realised a dream of our own. Walking through the snow with our children to their first day at school in France.
Thank you so much to everyone that’s shown so much support for The Family Freestylers blog and our dream of heading to the snow. Here’s a round up of our best bits of 2016 and where we’ll be heading in 2017.
On New Years Eve 2015 Scott and I made the decision to return to Chamonix Mont Blanc after 10 years, in the hope that, as suggested by physios, consultants and GP’s, a prolonged period of skiing would help our 5 year old daughter with her mild cerebral palsy.
So on our first trip in 2016 we returned briefly to Chamonix to visit the Montessori school in Argentiere for the girls to have a half day taster. This post had over a 1000 hits so thank you for your support. Now that the girls have started in the Montessori school for the season, I will be continuing posts on the Montessori education and how we are finding it.
Following our week in Chamonix, we had a fabulous two weeks skiing in Meribel. A fantastic resort. Above is Bo pictured with her amazing ski instructor, Stephan. She still talks about him now. If you’re planning a trip to Meribel this season, Magic in Motion is an awesome ski school for kids! Read my post Kids Ski Lessons – Are They Worth It? This year I’ll be writing much about our first family ski season in Chamonix and all things ski and kids!
We also spent a lot of 2016 discovering amazing spots in the UK. We drove down to Cornwall in May visiting beautiful Gwithian to review the Vango Idris II campervan awning (click here to read). Gwithian is a wonderful tiny village perched on the North end of St Ives Bay. With the vast expanses of empty beach and dramatic coastline, we loved it. Long beach sessions at sunset, flying kites and sizzling sausages on a beach bbq – perfect!
I really want to thank all of my readers who have shown so much support over the last 11 months. Anyone who has ever read, commented, shared this website, it is much appreciated. To all our instagram, facebook fans and twitter followers, again, thank you so much – every follow, like or re-tweet means a lot.
A New Year is absolutely the best time to start planning your year. What dreams do your family have? What is on your family bucket list? We would love to know and hear of the adventures you’re on or the explorations you’re planning.
And to those who need a nudge, remember Mark Twain’s words, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”
Think it, book it, do it! Bonne Anneè