It snowed here yesterday.
It snowed a lot.
The two little monkeys who live in my house were pretty excited by all the white stuff outside the windows. But here's a mom confession - they've never played in it before. During last year's Snowpocalypse, we considered venturing out - but Addie was just a little baby. Lincoln didn't realize it was even possible to go out in the snow, so we took advantage of the situation and all stayed warm.
But this year? There are only so many things to do with toddlers inside the house on a snow day. So, we got out the winter essentials I saved 83% on last fall and got ready for a fabulous everyday adventure.
They were both so excited. It turns out we forgot to get bigger gloves for Lincoln and we had no snow boots for Addie. We made it work anyway. They were both so puffy they could barely move.
As soon as we went out the back door, Addie flopped down on her face. She was pretty unimpressed.
Lincoln climbed down the stairs and started exploring the snow. After about a minute, he shouted "I'm playing, Daddy! I'm playing!!!" Very astute, little man.
Daddy tried to make a snowball, but it was that sort of powdery snow that has no interest in being molded in any way. Lincoln started saying "wanna build a 'no-man!" but that just wasn't going to happen.
Addie remained unimpressed at the whole experience. Every time she was set down, she waved her arms around and wailed pitifully until we rescued her. I can't say I blame her - you can see the snow was half her height.
The snow was still coming down and it was blowing around like mad. We knew it wasn't going to be a super long excursion outdoors, but Lincoln was having the time of his life.
He decided that piling snow on top of a chair would be a fun activity, so he and Andrew did that for awhile. Then we all ran around the yard.
Little miss finally cracked a smile when she took a few rides down our backyard slide. She even sat on the ground and waved her arms at the snow for a few minutes. Picking it up wasn't really an option as she was wearing mittens that were stuffed inside her coat sleeves.
We decided to try making snow angels before we went inside. Lincoln threw himself on the ground enthusiastically and ended up with snow all over his face. It only stopped him for half a second.
Snow angels? They didn't go so well this year. But we have plenty of winters and plenty of snowstorms left to perfect that skill.
And since it took us an hour to get ready for the adventure, then another forty-five minutes to clean everybody up and remove all the excess layers of clothing - it took up a good chunk of time on our snow day! No complaints here at all.
However - I don't think I'll be attempting this without Daddy anytime soon!