We got our first big snow of the year – about 8 inches I think, though most folks around us say it was 12 inches. It snowed for nearly 48 hours, though during that time, we also had about 4 hours of sleet. It was cold, windy, and snowy/sleet-y all day on Friday and Saturday. Luckily, we had gotten out all the winter gear a few days before and were prepared to get everyone dressed for outdoor adventures. The best new snow gear came from my mother, who purchased ski goggles for all the kids for Christmas. They were perfect for this weather. The kids wore them all day on Friday and Saturday, and even on Sunday because though the wind was not blowing snow in their face, the sun was creating quite a blinding glare. I was sorry I didn’t have a pair (though I would use anybody’s who had gone inside to warm up).
We did so much outside on Friday (in the driving snow and sleet) – lots of sledding, hiking, and more sledding – that I was completely worn out by Friday evening, and so were the kids. Walking uphill through heavy snow (and pulling a child in a sled uphill) for hours and hours is quite exhausting.
We spent a bit more time inside on Saturday. Hythe made a dream catcher for his bedroom after I showed him a video on how to do in from Creative Bug. The video was for adults and supplies included a brass ring, waxed twine, and nice beads. But, I gave Hythe an emboidery hoop, some kitchen twine, and Evva gave him some feathers from a dress up mask of hers that was falling apart and he made his own dreamcatcher. He was very proud, and so was I. He is hoping to catch some of the bad dreams he has been having lately. There was also a little dress up in mama’s shawls as William and I went through some of the extra clothes we have.
Then, more sledding, and more sledding. And, Evva, Anne and I went on a snowy horseback ride while Hythe and William built two snowmen.
We are still enjoying the snow today as it slowly melts away. Still sledding down our hill, still making snowmen, still throwing the odd snowball. William and I were talking, and both agreed that while we love the snow, we both feel a little “FOMO” or Fear of Missing Out, when it snows. There is so much that could be done during the brief snows we get – sledding (on many different hills), skiing, snowboarding, snow hiking, ice finding, snowman building, finding friends doing any of the former – that it can feel like you need to rush around to have fun. But, during this snow, I felt all I wanted to do was stay at home. I wanted for nothing and felt so much happier when I was home than tramping around trying to do anything else. I also started and finished a great book (The Forgotten Seamstress). And, as much as I have loved these snow days, I am ready to get back to regular life.