all of us, but the kids in particular, were looking forward to having actual snow without having to drive anywhere because we had moved from the west coast to the east earlier this year. we knew it existed out here last year because steve had taken a selfie with his warm hat on and we could see the white stuff behind him. i was elated when i woke early last sunday morning to see the flakes coming down. when ander opened his eyes, i told him to look out the window. his very first request was to immediately go outside to play, but i convinced him to wait until i had at least one cup of chai in me.
not so for diana. having slept later, as is her wont during the weekend, especially when she and i stay up unreasonably late to cram watching as many doctor who episodes as we can manage, she took one look outside, saw the snow, and immediately went to change her clothes and dress for outside play. that, of course, meant that ander wanted to go, too, so i started his elaborate list of Things That Needed To Go On The Body before stepping out of doors. you know, the snow pants, sweater, coat, hat, mittens, scarf, and snow boots (which thankfully fit so much better this year than last).
oh, there was snow sculpture, too. diana made her obligatory tiny snowperson, while ander started first with snow pyramids and ended with a snowman.
we all understood why it was a good idea to stay indoors on monday. the ice that made everything glisten would make it too difficult to walk or drive; even steve stayed here to work from home instead of heading to the office.
it looked magnificent to me, though. i love seeing bits of nature encased in a clear shell, like insects captured in amber.
we stayed warm and toasty inside, decorating gingerbread houses. in years past, both children have been frustrated by various aspects of the actual house construction, turning the experiences into ones that were memorable (but not in happy, enjoyable ways), so i tried something different. i purchased kits from trader joe's and built the houses myself. this worked out so very much better. their pieces were soft and smelled yummy, the a-frame design worked really, really well with the excellent diy frosting, and the kids had plenty of calm, creative, cooperative, and collaborative moments with each other, each satisfied with their own creations. epic success!
|canned chocolate frosting (we always seem to have some in the fridge) and tic-tacs really added that je ne sais quoi element to diana's abode|
monday night we heard that school would be closed again the next day. diana had enjoyed her marathon session of minecraft, and ander had danced the entire nutcracker ballet in full at least three times, but they weren't that interested in a repeat performance. thankfully, when tuesday morning arrived, the world was, once again, softly blanketed in white crystals. it was going to be another good outside play day.
ander and i walked out letters in the snow in our parking area again, which steve shoveled out to make them clearer. we persuaded our neighbor to come outside to play. (i totally want her and steve on my team in a snowball fight. excellent aim & power in their throws, all right.) sledding was messy and muddy and a bit dangerous, as the heavy ice brought down large tree branches in our path, so we focused on building snow daleks and snow forts and perfecting ander's aim with a snowball. throwing into the snow-laden branches of evergreens was fun, too, as we made snow showers upon the ground and each other.
|the stunning tree right outside our door|
|my hard-working men|
|starting a snow dalek. yes, she is obsessed with them right now.|
|my very favorite snowman|
|diana & neighbor tanya. she's awesome in oh, so many ways.|
|i really enjoy the views from our back deck|
|and in our backyard|
those days were just what we needed. i especially enjoyed my time with ander, as i abandoned all my responsibilities and just played with him (diana was mostly on minecraft or with her head in a book, as per ususal). we talked about our upcoming mommy-son date to see the nutcracker ballet, performed countless readings of all four stories in a christmas book gifted to him years ago (he likes to do all the voices while i read the background details), and sang along with the muppet christmas carol.