It is the end of the snow season. Each year I buy my kids new gear in the fall, but this year the coffers are a bit more flush than normal because we got a sizeable tax refund. My husband called me yesterday to tell me that he'd been in the ski shop and they had junior sized ski gear on sale at a sizeable discount. My 10 year old really needs tights vs. thicker snowpants, she's about as fast as me and gets hot in snowpants. The deals were good enough that I could get her a jacket too. I didn't want to leave out Leah Lu and I knew she needed long johns for next year because Erin wore right through the knees of the size Leah needed. So I bought her some fleecy long johns (about the same price as patagucci on sale). But I didn't take them out of the package and didn't realize they said "norway" on the back until she tried it on.
Both girls were over the moon over their new official xc skiing duds, Leah Lu slept in hers. Photos are worth sharing here. Also worth noting: Under her ski pants Erin is sporting the $3 pair of jeans I bought at goodwill the day before. Utilizing the local thrift shop helps when I'm spending on ski gear for kids who are smaller than me. And now I give you 'helga' and 'inga' , our Norwegian skiing goddesses.