Friday, January 15, 2016

Finally... some snow!

I was reading Amy's blog yesterday and thought it was so funny when she said it finally got cold in Texas.  Her boys were wearing windbreakers.  I guess they've adjusted to Texas temperatures already!  We've had a pretty cold week here; the windchill was below zero all day Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, so the girls had inside recess.  Yesterday, it finally warmed up to 33 degrees, so I sent the girls outside to play after school.  Megan asked if she had to wear her coat.  When I said "Yes, of course!" Amelia responded with, "Well, I took my coat off at recess because it was so warm out, and I was perfectly fine."  That's right, now 33 degrees is "so warm out."  It's supposed to get even colder this weekend; the high on Sunday is supposed to be -4.  Yay.

Anyway, that got me thinking about my kids playing out in the snow.  We've only had two decent snowfalls this winter; the first was on Nathaniel's birthday, where I got the following photos of the girls.  I didn't make Nathaniel go play out in the snow because it was his birthday, and I thought that would be unfair.

We got another decent snow over Christmas break, and the girls immediately went outside to play.  That first morning, I think they were outside for about two hours before they came in saying they were cold.  I asked Nathaniel if he wanted to go out, and he said yes, so I bundled him up and took him out.  Isn't he so cute?

He didn't like the snow at first, and he HATED riding in the sled while I pulled him down the sidewalk.  Sorry for the light in these photos, my camera was set strangely and I didn't notice until I downloaded the photos.

 But I kept him out a little while so that I could help the girls sled down our front walkway.  The girls LOVE sledding this year, and it is so convenient that they can sled in our yard and our neighbors' yards; next time it snows, I should take them to a real sledding hill.  Our front hill isn't that long or that steep, but if conditions are right, the girls have to bail before the sled hits the snowpiles lining the street.

I was just about to take Nathaniel inside when our neighbor came out with her two little girls.  My girls played in the snow with their friend, and I sat Nathaniel in the snow with her almost one-year-old little girl.  And then, I had a brainstorm and I brought out Nathaniel's sand trucks.  What a turnaround in his attitude - he loved the snow when he could pile it in the dump truck or the loader.

1 comment:

  1. I guess I should have used the word "cool" rather than cold to describe the winter down here! :) It's been quite an adjustment! Friends here talk about not being able to play at the park because it's too cold when it's less than 40 degrees. Anything above 20 degrees always meant blessed "warm" days to play outside in Montana!

    I LOVE your idea to bring out sand trucks for Nathaniel. I wish I had thought of that with my boys. They never did well playing in the snow but I'm sure they would've loved their vehicles! What a wise momma you are! :) Your girls' snow angels picture is really cute too. We do miss some of our snowy adventures, so we'll just have to come see YOU someday!