It is has been warm this winter. While the bubbles are starting to freeze, it is not quite cold enough yet.
We received about an inch of snow in the last 24 hours. It has not snowed since mid Nov and it does not look like we will be getting much this year. When Megan asked if we could please go sledding, I said, “no promises, but let’s go to the park!”
The hills did not look promising, but there was enough snow for us to play outside for about an hour. (Andrea and Audrey played a little, and then went on a walk. They said they could hear Adrian and Megan the whole time!)
Sorry for anyone who tried to sled after us…
Adrian and Megan created this picture of Allan and me enjoying a snowy day.
We were excited to be able to go to the Nutcracker at the Morris Civic this morning. It was a wonderful performance. The costumes were bright and pretty, the scenery updated, and the choreography changed. The dancers were excellent. It was probably the best Nutcracker we have seen for a school performance (maybe any performance). The only one that may have been better was when there was a live orchestra.
But what made the morning even better, was the chance to take four girls who have never seen the Nutcracker with us. To top it off, our friends, Kristi and Casteel drove over from Ohio to watch the show with us. We used to attend together while they lived here, and it has been years since we were able to.
While we normally go to Colorado for a vacation and to do some needed clean up, this year we went with the goal of helping to re-side Grandma’s house. It was a lot of hard work, and we did not finish the whole house, but we were able to get a lot done.
Everyone got to help in some way. Megan learned to paint and the older kids learned how to put siding on.
It was not all work, we also visited family and explored. We did confirm one thing, nine days for travel and being in Colorado is not enough time!
This was the first year that Megan was given the okay to ride the bike up and down the drive way by herself. She could go all the way to the cattle guard without asking for permission. That is a lot farther than she can roam alone at home!
Sometimes, the kids just disappeared for awhile just to talk and be together. One day they took off in the search of cactus to bring home. They also enjoyed being able to visit Aunt Bonnie “just because”.
Audrey took advantage of roaming most often this year. She would go “visit” the cows or look for pink cactus. She would just disappear to enjoy being by herself.
I am very thankful they did not meet any unwanted critters this year!