Sledding Hill

When the kids were much younger, Allan built our first backyard sledding hill by placing 2×8’s down the patio steps and forming a ramp. Since then, the children try to build one whenever there is enough snow.

We have had wonderful weather for the sledding hill this year.  We piled snow under the porch and the kids continue to add snow as needed.  They have learned how to shape the slope so that the ride is fun.  They learned very quickly that bumping on the bottom can hurt!

They have a contest going, to see who can travel the furthest down the yard.  Megan is the winner, happily screaming her way past the Maple tree.  Audrey is a very close second.

Even though the hill is not very large, it is fun.  All of the kids play on it, or help maintain it, during “recess” until they get cold or have to come in again.

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Frozen bubble

One of our yearly “to do’s” when the weather is around freezing is to try to blow bubbles outside. This morning, we succeeded on our mission!

Bubble Shadow
Bubble Shadow

When we tried earlier this week, it was too cold and the bubbles never frosted very well. But it is neat to watch how the weather affects how bubbles behave.

It becomes more  fun when we imagine what people think as they drive by and watch a bunch of children outside blowing bubbles first thing in the morning in 0 degree or lower weather.  We decided they all drive by and think “they  must be home schoolers!”

Burst Bubble
Broken Bubble




AudreyAudrey really likes the tulle skirt that Andrea made for Megan’s Christmas gift.

She tried it on, and when she discovered it fit,  I asked if she could run outside with it on.  Of course, her first thought was I was crazy; it was very cold outside, then she decided it sounded like neat fun.

A few of the pictures turned out nicely, but this is my favorite.  It captures my beautiful, bright, silly, fun loving girl’s personality!