Targhee with the Hendersons was a little later than usual this year. It happened to fall over the weekend of St. Patrick’s Day! So – to keep up with tradition – we had our St. Patty’s Day dinner a few nights before heading up to WY.
We decorated with left-over decorations from Sloan’s 2nd Birthday. Balloons and streamers make a simple rainbow, and Sloan thought it was the greatest thing she had ever seen.
We spread out some chocolate coins and gold paper plates and we were set! Homemade green bread and rainbow linguine were on the menu. Sloan enjoyed playing with the colorful noodles more than anything, and Zach and I got to eat a full hot meal without any distractions. So I’d call that a definite win!
We continued the rest of the week making green meals, in good fun. I tried the most delicious chicken artichoke pesto pasta recipe that all three of us went crazy over. I’ve already got it on the menu again for this week.
Thursday after Zach got off of work we packed up the car and drove up north. The drive went so smoothly – the best road trip to Targhee we’ve had to date. Sloan read books, we all listened to music, and we finished the ride with a showing of Beauty and the Beast. We arrived at the resort around 8:30 pm. We unloaded and got Sloan into bed and then unpacked all our supplies in our room.
When Sloan woke up – the Leprechaun had left her something in our room. I love this age – everything is so magical and I don’t want it to ever change. Her favorite item in her basket? A tiny green cutting board of her own to help me with dinner prep.
That morning was Gina and I’s meal assignment – a Leprechaun Breakfast! Lucky Charms, green french toast, and little green footprints leading towards the “pot o’ gold” that the pesky leprechaun had left the kiddos. They loved every bit of it and a real leprechaun ended up gracing us with his presence (aka Zach is the creepiest costume to date). Sloan was unsure at first, but that didn’t stop her from grabbing her loot out of the cauldron when it was her turn.
Then we dropped Sloan off at the Kids’ Club so Zach and I could snowboard together for a few hours. To be honest, I was extremely hesitant to do this. Zach told me it would be pointless for us to drive all the way up there and both not ski. So he set up Sloan to stay in the Kids’ Club for half a day to test the waters. Long story short: she ended up doing great and didn’t want to leave when her time was up.
Zach and I even got 8 runs in together with a few other members of his family before lunch time!
When it was time to go pick her up we got to spy on her through the windows. She loved having her cousins Cole and Clark in there with her!
As soon as Sloan woke up from her nap back at our room we all set off for some snowboarding time together. We took Sloan on the kiddie lift for the first time and she was in awe the whole time. I will say though, snowboarding with a toddler goes a lot smoother when it is in the morning – not in the afternoon. We learned that the first day and didn’t make the mistake again.
That night we had dinner at the Branding Iron to celebrate Jeanene’s birthday [which was actually on Sunday, but we wanted all of us to be together to celebrate]. Sloan hung out with her older cousins while all the adults ate peacefully downstairs in the restaurant below them.
The next morning we did some earlier snowboarding together as a family. Sloan enjoyed it so much more in the earlier hours and did amazing on her little board – especially considering the snow conditions. It was icy and it made her go extra fast down that little bunny hill.
After our shred sesh we dropped Sloan back off at Kids’ Club and she couldn’t have been happier. Zach and I got more time to snowboard together and met up with the majority of his family members and some of our nieces and nephews.
It was all so much fun and so great to be together. When I picked Sloan up from Kids’ Club she was bummed to leave, but when we got back to our room she took a KILLER nap. When she woke up we went swimming at the pool along with a few of her cousins.
We had taco night in Mark and Jeanene’s room and then made our way back to our room to put Sloan to bed.
We left the next morning after Zach got a few runs in and I packed up our gear. We made it home before dinner time and in record breaking fashion unpacked the car and ALL our bags before we passed out for the night.
Targhee is always such a great time – and we were blessed with amazing weather while we were there. So grateful the Hendersons keep this tradition going, we never want it to stop!