This is how Q leaves the apartment on her way to go swimming. In late-December. Outdoors. At 8500 feet above sea level. In a ski resort.
Well, she did deign to put on a hat, at least, in the end.
Had to zoom in on that one. Bare feet on the brick paving, even! She's a tough one. Yes, that is snow.
Q loves hot tubs. Any body of water, really, will do. She tried to swim in the fountain in downtown Denver tonight as a snowstorm set in. She's not picky.

Luckily our cousin Kim works at a health club, and while we were in the Vail Valley she signed us in for a day of swimming at the indoor pool, as well.
Q was delighted. But then...she kind of thinks that people just basically live to fulfill her every whim. Hmmmmmm....
...where could we have gone wrong?

This is Q trying to get cousin Kim's attention. You really need to zoom in on this series to see her expression. Obviously, she needs something. Or, she's just tired of the conversation. Or, she wants Kim to come in swimming with her. In any case, check out the laser beam focus she uses to get her target audience to make eye contact with her. And see how she points to her own chest as she comes around into Kim's field of vision, just in case her point wasn't clear? It just cracks me up. This kid will never have trouble getting her point across. Or getting things done. She is nothing if not direct, confident and authoritative.
Here she is swimming in the big pool. Her kicking has improved a great deal since last summer. Kim also pointed out that she is able to show off a bit for the camera even while trying to swim.

Then we met grandma and grandpa at Larkburger for lunch. If you're ever in the Vail Valley, don't miss Larkburger. It's a must. The truffle burger (with truffle-oil aioli) is to die for. But if you're not into red meat, there's also a turkey burger and a fresh seared tuna burger which are very nearly as good. The herbed parmesan truffle fries are incredible, and even the green salad (with field greens, edamame and a truffle/ranch dressing) is solid. Trust me, you can't go wrong.
...oh, and I hear there's one open in Boulder now, too.


Maggie May said...

what a beautifully happy little person!

FDChief said...

Q looks terrific in the water - she must be ready for swim lessons - her kicks look better than Sheadon, who at 6 has done the local park swim class twice already. Go, Q!

Palmer and Co said...

These are so great... I'm loving Q's little suit!

We LOVE Larkburger. We make that our lunch stop when we come home from the other side of the mountains. We'll have to check out the Boulder location.

Hope you all have a wonderful, snowy Christmas!

Yoli said...

Maia she is a movie star! I swear that child has more charisma than most movie starlets. Her little leopard suit is just adorable and suits her sleek feline looks. My daughter also has loved the water since the beginning, no fear. I had to crack up about your comment that she was "direct, confident and authoritative." You described Sally to a T. Except mine is not a tomboy like yours.

That picture of the both of you in profile with the smoke rising is just amazing. I would frame it.

alliot + iza said...

Dear Maia,
I've got the prints!!!
They just arrived before Christmas.
Thanks so much for your kind words and the lovely pictures of Q.
Happy holidays to you and your family!

Jeanne-ming Brantingham said...

Q is a crack up. I have zoomed in on every shot. Yoli is right...that kids has it. Absolutely love the shot of her in hat, tube,grasping the, ball heading to swim in the snow. priceless