Friday, January 23, 2015

Just Like When We Were Kids

With all of the snow from the previous day, and just enough warmth and sun to make it worth it to go outside, Jeremy finished his work and called to say he was gathering some sleds so to get the kids bundled up.  I put layer upon layer on each of them and we headed for the "mountain" - gravel pit, to be exact.

Sophie didn't have snow boots.  And, the shoes she does have, that would work, I couldn't get on.  If she'd only quit curling her toes!  So, I pulled out these little things from my time as a baby...just a few sizes too big.

 We loaded everyone in the truck, and off we went.
 He was more excited than he looked.

I can distinctly remember a huge snow when I was in elementary school and my parents taking me to a caliche pit on the ranch.  With a little metal scoop-like sled in hand, we had fun for hours!  So, we tried to re-created it yesterday.

Carter finally got to use his blow-up snowmobile, and Peter was actually excited about sledding (last time, not so much).

John Paul...well, he wasn't quite ready for this kind of fun.

We played for over an hour...until our fingers got to the point of no return and started to burn that yucky burn when they warm back up.

Papa and Elley even came out for a we created two lanes and raced!

Carter beat his Daddy, and it was all he talked about the rest of the day.

I had a million things to do at the house (aren't there always things to do?)  I was worried about getting Sophie out (she was fine in the car with one of us).  I wasn't sure I wanted to be that cold, either.  However, I remember doing things like this as a child.  I never knew then that my parents may not have wanted to.  I was having too good of time to even worry about that.  Today...I'm glad I went.  No, John Paul didn't want to sled.  Sophie got a bit fussy toward the end.  We had cries over frozen hands.  But, we also had this...

 ...laughter as the sleds got faster and faster.  Smiles from ear to ear (on us, too).  Wet bottoms from fun crashes.  And, the pure joy of seeing their joy.  Getting just a tiny glimpse of how they see the world.  And, remembering just how I saw it then, too.
"Thank you for the best day eva!"  "Can we sled again tomorrow?"
 I wish, little boy.


  1. They look like professionals and so cute all decked out in their winter finery! I loved going sledding when I was little, fun times!

  2. I love the way you captured these!