Sunday, March 1, 2015

For the Love of Snow

This morning I woke up to a snow covered landscaped for the third time in the past week. This latest winter storm has left behind about 7 inches of snow on the ground. So, quite naturally, those appointments I had scheduled at the office today have been preempted by snowball fights, snow angels, snowman manufacturing. YAAYYY!! I really think snowstorms are one of God's ways of making sure everybody slows downs to spend some quality time with their family (unless you're a snow plow operator).  Our family does a pretty good job of spending time together but there's something special about those snow day memories. The kids are super excited of course to see the white stuff falling again.

 You'd think they would be focused on any activity involving playing outside in the winter wonderland-right???? So the other day I tried to make a snow fort for the first time. Things were going well, until I looked around and there were no longer any kids helping me. They had moved on to other activities. I kept trying to get them back into the snow fort business but to no avail. There I was "in the zone" with 6 mounds of snow and frozen fingers-ALONE. I thought this would be a good time to teach the kids a lesson on the importance of "following through" and completing something. I decided against the lecture and just went with it. I loaded them up on the boogie board and pulled them along in the freshly fallen snow for our version of Winter X-games. This created way more giggles than my boring snow fort could have. When I came home a few days later, they, along with the wife turned the half finished snow fort into works of abstract winter art by using paint (Thanks babe!). 

Olaf giving up nice warm hugs in our front yard
So, I guess my lesson on follow through didn't fall on deaf ears. Maybe or maybe not. All that matters is that we all took a few minutes to do something to make some lasting memories. The fact that the girls and I made a pretty good version of Olaf the snowman is pretty cool too!