Just the right amount
This weekend we were covered with about 7 inches of white beautiful snow. Disaster for many people, limiting what they can do and where they can go, but joy to a child. Last year when we were piled on with snow, it was fun for Hannah but she was a little short for the 2 feet that we got all at once.. this year however we received about 7 inches and it was perfect for our little 3 year old. She was so excited about getting to put on her boots she could hardly contain herself. Once outside the first things she asked was "can I eat it?" to which we responded, just a little and watch out for yellow snow. After covering her face a few times with cold white snow we finally got her to climb into the car, a look of bliss on her red little face. This was one happy kid.
The following day we went out into the snow again, this time to play. We got bundled up, Hannah in her snow suit, me in my shoes and coat (I need better snow gear). Hannah ran outside thrilled that she was getting to play in the new snow again! She asked if she could lay down in it this time and of course I said yes (she had her snow suit on).
She got down the steps and went trudging through the snow making trails everywhere. I went to get her sled out of the garage to pull her around a little. We had fun running around the yard, me pulling, her sitting. After a while she said that she had had enough and wanted to get out. I went to grab the shovel (I had a lot of work to do) and she decided to climb the snow covered steps. I started to shovel keeping one eye on Hannah and one eye on my work, mean while Matty is jumping to catch my shovel fulls of snow (quickly she becomes a white dog instead of black). Hannah finds that she can walk up the steps and than slide down them on her butt (there is that much snow on them). I keep shoveling.
After a little while Hannah tells me that she wants to shovel too.. luckily she has her own shovel so we go to get it. Once she has it she starts to uncover the steps that she was sliding down, but this is a hard job for a little one and finding somewhere to put the snow is a difficult task. So I tell her to use her sled so that she can fill it and pull the snow around. Once she is set up I get back to my task. When I get to the driveway, Hannah brings her sled full of snow out to the drive way with her and continues to fill it with snow from the driveway. We work on it for a while and she finally tells me that her sled it full.. I dump it out on the snow hill I am building and ask her if she would like to go for a ride down the little hill. We tried a couple different ways to get her to the top of the hill, but the snow is just not packed down enough. Finally I tell her to get into the sled and I lift her in the sled to the top of the little hill and pull her down it.. She thinks it is the best thing ever and does it a couple more time.. ok back to work. we both get back to our jobs, me shoveling the driveway, her filling the sled. After being outside for about an hour and a half Hannah finally tells me that her fingers are frozen and wants to go inside. Once inside she sits down with a big cup of hot cocoa to warm her hands and her insides.
It has been a good morning and the only way to spend our first day with snow.