So we are on our 4th day cooped up in the house. Those who know me well know that I rarely stay home for an entire day without going somewhere! A trip to the grocery store at least!
But give me a blanket of snow on the ground and I get all excited about hunkering down at home with my family for a few days. I love the change of pace, the family time, and I love, love, love going out to play in the snow. It’s like adventure being delivered right outside our doorstep!
Some of my fondest memories with Kelsie have been from playing out in the snow. It’s a different type of play that offers so many possibilities for fun and excitement and it is rare enough to make it extra special. We enjoy the sledding and the snow balls and the snowman building when we get enough. But I also love coming up with new creative things to do out in the snow and encouraging Kelsie to use her imagination. We have had lots of fun “snow painting” with nothing more than squirt bottles filled with water and food coloring. We have built princess forts, had picnics with baby dolls out in the snow, and built bird nests. This year I made a little scavenger hunt which ended with buried treasure (chocolate coins) under the snow. I gathered some random things from around the house, wrote up some clues, and Nathan helped hide the items and draw the map. Kelsie LOVED it! And halfway through she randomly said, “this is the best scavenger hunt, I have ever had! Thank you mommy (followed by a hug), thank you daddy! (followed by a hug)” Words like that definitely make it all worth it!
We also had a great time sledding! We had a more ice this time around with just a little snow on top so it made for good slick sledding without any need to pack down a track. Nathan and I even took a few runs down the hill together (from the top of our drive, all the way down our street into the neighbors drive across the way). It was a blast! Kelsie even videoed us at one point, but only half of it because she “panicked”. To hear her describe how she “tried but then couldn’t because [she] panicked” was just hilarious! I guess seeing your parents come hollering down an icy hill toward you makes your 4 year old nerves ramp up a couple notches! The image of her running in her snowsuit toward us as we were walking back was so funny. She so enjoyed watching her parents act like children flying down the hill, but also took a mature motherly tone about the whole thing! She is not quite as adventurous as her parents so far and takes a more cautious approach to things.
Thankfully, my sweet 4 month old didn’t have to endure much of the cold air as she spent most of her time inside napping while the rest of us played (thankfully we could still listen out for her from video monitor which we took outside with us). I did bundle her up for her one 10 minute venture out to experience the snow for the first time. But a mini photo shoot and one sled down the hill with daddy was about the extent of her snow day!
As much fun as we had outside, we also had lots of fun playing inside. We had a surprise movie night in a castle tent, made snow cones with Kelsie’s new Snoopy Snow Cone maker (since we didn’t have enough snow for snow cream), made paper snowflakes, played “Feed the Woozle” countless times, and set up the bounce house in the living room among other things. Snow days can be long and being cooped up at home with the kids all day for days on end can get really old and exhausting. So for me, its a must to come up with new activities and try to make the time more enjoyable for all of us. It doesn’t always go as planned but I still seem to come away from snow days with some of the greatest memories with my family. So bring on more snow!