Today is the one and only ELENA BIRD's 17th BIRTHDAY!
I love you best friend! I hope you had a super exciting birthday in Colorado!
Tomorrow is the one and only event of the year that our special Jordan Camp puts on. So, if you havent heard about it already, get yourself over to the Little Camp Festival TOMORROW. It will be held at the Tunbridge Fair Grounds, gates open at 3 to set up camp and music starts at 5 and goes into the late night. For any questions check it out at http://www.littlecampfestival.com/. Jordan has worked so hard to make this a great event and the more people who go the more awesome it will be! Let's make it better than last year!
Hello Everyone! Sorry for our lack of posts this spring. We were very busy amidst the activities of Holderness spring time. Here is a brief photo essay to catch everyone up!
p.s. Happy birthday to Clark Macomber and Sean Cashel yesterday!!!!
Yesterday our dear friend Lily turned 18!!!! WOWZA, the big one-eight. After a slalom race at Waterville Valley, she returned to her fine house with some friends, including Kelly to celebrate the great event. This wonderful evening included some delicious steak tips made by D-Wayne, cheesecake (Lily's favorite) and hair dying. Be sure to check out the new hair styles!
So, Happy Birthday Lil and welcome to adulthood.
For the past ten days Elena and I have been living it up in CALI! We were lucky enough to qualify to compete in the J2 Nationals at Mammoth Mountain in California. After departing from Manchester, NH last saturday, we explored the activities of the "California Girl" lifestyle..except we went skiing. Believe it or not (probably not), we actually made some new friends in Mammoth. We stayed in the Mammoth Lakes Chalets, a collection of fine chalets on the mountainside, with the rest of the East team. The sloped roofs made excellent sledding hills for our days off, as did the snow mobile trails and the hills above our chalet. We started the week with a downhill training run, in which we both launched ourselves off of "Hair Jump," resulting in large sprays of snow, multiple yard of sliding, and gasps from the spectators along the side of the course. After examining a few bumps and bruises, we were allowed to finish our runs, being merely 40 seconds out of the rest of the field.
The next day was cancelled due to strong winds and snow. So, we all headed out to the rec center in Mammoth Lakes for some Wally ball, basketball, and soccer..and a little bit of yoga. The rest of the day was spent building trails and jumps for our sledding hill, while the rest of the teams tuned their skis, did homework, or rested. The next few days were jam packed with racing. Slalom, followed by another Downhill run, then super G, and lastly GS. After GS we had a day off for the boys to compete in their GS race. Kelly and I took the opportunity to free ski around the incredible mountain of Mammoth. It was slightly treacherous. The flat light combined with a lack of snow and lack of edges on our skis resulted in a briefer ski outing than planned, but nevertheless we had a jolly good time. The last day had been deeply anticipated. Hearts were racing and stress levels were high as we headed up for the final, and most testing event...the Panelled Slalom. In the end we had a blast, and went away with new friends, high spirits, and great tans. Back in the DiNapoli abode, we slept till 12 completely disoriented with the three hours time difference plus daylight savings.
Enjoying the Totally '80s banquet with none other than Chaz Sheils!
Today marks the day, 2,253 years ago, the Romans sunk 50 Carthaginian ships in the battle of Aegusa. It is the day that Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" was published 236 years ago, and 41 years ago on this day The Senate approved a Constitutional amendment to lower the voting age to 18. However, all these events of March 10th, are belittled by the birth of a boy 19 years ago. So, Happy Birthday Jordan Camp. We are so pleased with your existence.
Last week Elena and I were up in Sugarloaf Maine. You may ask what were we doing up in Maine in legitimately the middle of no where? Skiing Downhill. Sugarloaf is the only ski mountain in the east capable of holding a downhill race. Every year about 200 young adults including boys and girls gear up for basically the only downhill races they'll do all year. While at speed week we and our teammates have been documenting our extreme activities. No fear we will upload it on our blog as soon as we edit it. There proved to be many filming opportunities. We skied well, but the jump in the middle of the course sort of threw us off. Its was a new sensation to fly off a jump at 65 mph. Elena had arguably the most talked about jump when she flew into the air spread eagle and landed with crossed tips. Max Lash was right up there with her though. Our nights were packed with fun activities including tuning (with the magic mystery wax), doing homework, visiting the Grand Summit Hotel, and making music videos. On the the left is a picture of Kelly slaying it...
Hello Hello! Kelly and I are currently sitting in the mid lodge at Stratton Mountain waiting for our race to begin. It is 11 o’ clock and the first forerunner just left the gate. It has been quite a week so far. Beginning with witnessing a car crash right outside the grocery store we stopped at in Springfield. We proceeded to our motel, and moved in. We’re staying in the annex, complete with “the Electric Lounge,” an arcade/lounge with fogged up windows; and a game room down some wooden steps in an unfinished basement. Tuesday and Wednesday we had GS races, which were beyond fabulous for both of us. We also managed to finally get our phones buzzing, which is something that doesn’t happen often. While staying in Manchester we got to see the cool cat himself Henry Miles (A Holderness graduate) and dine with him twice. It was lovely to see him. Now we are here still at the Stratton ECUPS waiting to take our runs down the slalom course.
A typical day at a ski race:
6:30 Roll out of bed and head out the door for our morning run through the snow in the cold
6:45 Get dressed, pack our bags
7:00 Hit the snowy road, stop for breakfast along the way
8:00 arrive at the mountain and register
8:30 inspect the course (or on very snowy days, slip it out 4 times, then inspect)
8:45-11:00 take a free run, sit in the lodge, take your race run, sit in the lodge, play cards, eat, do homework?, read a novel, work on blogs
12:30 Inspect for second run
12:45-2:30 take a free run, sit in the lodge, take your race run, get your ass kicked by college girls, sit in the lodge, call your parents and cry, eat more, wait for your team to finish
3:00 leave the mountain
3:30- 5:15 sit on your bed, do homework, tune your skis, go for a run, shower…?
7:00 scrape the wax off your skis
8:30 have an interpretive dance party
9:00 go to bed
Do It all again!!!
Back in da hoooood of Holderness, Kelly and I are getting our brains back on track. We moved back in last night and spent some time with the bucket...except for celinch the grinch. The story swapping was wonderful. There was fun with balconies, tearing up dance floors, back massages, runs through the woods, and a plethora of other fun adventures we talked about. We woke up this morning and headed out to class in the bitter cold. Getting back in the school mindset proved to be a challenging task, but by the dark block we seemed to be doing alright. The skiing at Cannon was terribly chilly, and required a few stops in the lodge to thaw out between a mix of hop turns, gates, and javelin turns. I discovered the warming effects of dancing on the chairlift when I was showing off the new moves I learned from the 50 year olds at the New Years Eve dance party I attended. Needless to say, my fellow chairmates were thoroughly impressed, and my phalanges warmed right up.
Tonight the greatest studying playlist on Pandora was discovered: http://www.pandora.com/#!/stations/play/616341821724716101
check it out for some homework inspiration!!
WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL EVERYONE xoxo
also, SHOUT OUT TO KAILEIGH LAZZARO who today successfully finished her 17th rotation around the sun!! you go girl, keep it up!
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL! 2011 is out the door. Say hello to the new year of 2012! You better make it count because this could be our last year to live! Thanks for the heads up Mayans!
Best memories of the 2011 adventures of Kelly and Elena that we'll never forget:
-Skiing Montana March 2011!
-Learning how to fly fish
-The double hug on a walk back.
-The one and only Jordan Camp graduating High School!
-Marching around Boston in silly costumes for Sam Devine's Birthday!
-Mac Caputi (quarterback of Bowdoin) and Kelly falling in love
-living in it up in day dorm together!
-the creation of the Kelly and Elena Blog
New Years Resolutions for Elena and Kelly:
-Get more followers on our blog!
-Not judge people by first appearances, give everyone a second chance to get to know them (kelly)
-Learn all the songs in Rent
-Write more letters and journal entries
Every new year is a chance to learn from your mistakes from the previous years and move on. Make this year the best year of your life!