Sunday, February 24, 2013

Scenes From A Weekend // Snowday

We finally made it. To the snow. Pieced together in various articles of snowgear borrowed from  generous friends. We arrived bundled up. Overflowing with excitement.

We left exhausted, and swearing off another snow day all together.

It. Was. Bad.

As sweet as these photos are, the reality was a mess of screaming kids. Stretched to the limits because it was way past their nap time, because their gloves wouldn't stay on, because the snow "HURT!" and the ice kicked them all over the place while trying to make it up that snow bank. Arlo made it happily down a few sledding hills and Leon too, but overall, the best part about the day was my sister's box of peanut butter sandwiches, and these photos - that, in ten years down the line, will replace the stinging disappointed of our day. When we've long forgotten just how awful it really was, how much frustration we had to overcome to simply make it back to the car with all those sleds and screaming children, and might only remember little Rex in that cute snow suit. And Arlo's first sled ride, and Claire building her snowman, and Leon acting as if he was paralyzed by the snow and calling hilariously for someone to "Help" him with "Something!!"

We might forget all of that. But the violent sled crash, on the way back due to a slick patch of ice at the bottom, which took out a couple innocent bystanders  We'll probably always remember.

That, and the snowman.





As for another snow day.
It will be a long. Long time.

11 comments:

  1. i love it espically the pic where the kids are crying and the adults are smiling, it is perfect. That's is what true family life is all about trying your hardest to make great memories but the memory makes it about you,

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    1. YES! As long as we look "happy" in the photos!!!

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  2. I think that you guys might be So cal through and through.

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    1. OH. I'm 100% sure of it Rachel. This trip confirmed it completely :)

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  3. I will never forget the time I took my best friend, who had moved from California, up to a hot springs for the day in the middle of the winter. We had to wade through basically waist deep snow (it was a bad, bad idea) to get from the car to the spring. And then after we were in that little pool of water, we remembered we had to get out and back to the car again. She screamed for what seemed like ages as she experienced pins and needles of thawing skin for the first time. I feel for your kiddos with the snow "hurting." I grew up in snow country, but I'll take a beach over snow any day of the week.

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  4. I feel for you and know it all too well. On our trip to the snow this year, I had to bribe poor little shivering olivia with a ring pop, so we could have a few more sled runs. She was cold and ready to leave shortly after arriving. At least you have some great shots from the day and from my experience, the bad days make the best stories down the road.

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  5. I love your pictures!! The one of Leon and Rex crying and both of you trying to comfort them is priceless :) They will laugh at it in the future. I love snow ... But you kind of have to love it when you live in Chicago. The winter can be pretty hard over here. My kids still complain about snow sometimes but it can be fun too :)

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  7. well, at least you got great pictures! when we were in the snow at my sister's shane couldn't stand all the clothes and all he kept saying/crying was, "it's bumpy!" over and over and over!

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  8. Beautiful. Beautiful. Every single one.

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  9. Oh isn't this the truth of motherhood?! Photos capture such a snippet of the story. I had a similar experience just the other week when I tried to bring both kids ( 2yrs and a 7 month old) and the dog to the beach on my own. It was a lot to handle and we too had missed naps and all that ish... but the photos show them smiling and playing and enjoying themselves... and I suppose that's what they'll remember. Glad you made it to the snow, anyhow.

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