Every time it snows outside the first thing Madeline asks is if she can go outside to play in the snow and build a snowman. Up until this recent snowstorm it had always been so cold that going out to play in the snow was not a possibility. So, she convinced Andrew to go out with her to play. Then I joined them for a little while. We tried to build a snowman on the first day, but the snow was so light and airy that we could not pack it very well. So, we just made snow angels, pulled Madeline in the sled, and threw snowballs at each other. One time when Andrew was pulling Madeline in the sled, he whipped it around so fast that she flew right out and landed face first in the snow. We picked her up and brushed her off and just laughed it off. She is such a good sport! The next day the snow was still around so Abby went out with Madeline and built a snowman and pulled her in the sled. Sometimes it just takes having a little one in the house to get the rest of us to go out and enjoy the snow!
We never quite know what kind of weather we are going to get in March. One thing is for sure, there is bound to be a snowstorm or two. This year we got a massive snowstorm like the one we got two years ago. There was so much snow that the snowplow was essential to move all the snow off the driveway and sidewalks. The kids had so much fun playing in the backyard and since there was a couple of feet of snow Peter had fun throwing the kids in the snow. Madeline especially loved being thrown in the big blanket of snow, building a snowman with Peter, and throwing snowballs behind their snow fort. We loved watching Mike wrestle with Peter and win, of course. Peter put up a good fight though. There was lots of laughter and silliness which made it easier to stay outside and play in the frigid temperatures.
In typical Colorado fashion we finally got our October snowstorm. Madeline was so excited to go out in the snow even though there wasn’t a whole lot that accumulated on the grass and it was freezing outside. I went out with her, but my hands got so cold I could only stay out for 10 min. Mike and Emma took Madeline back out for some more backyard fun. They pulled her on the sled and just had a good time playing with her in the snow. She is one lucky little girl to have family that loves her enough to play outside when the temperature is in the single digits!
Just when I thought 2020 couldn’t get any more bizarre, it totally snowed in Colorado the beginning of September. The kids were actually excited by it. Madeline was the only one that actually got on her snow clothes. She was so excited to play outside in the snow. She ran up and down the grass several times just trying to catch snow in her mouth. There is nothing better than the excitement from a 4-year-old when it snows outside.
I'm not sure any of us were ready for ANOTHER snow storm in Colorado Springs. This was the 3rd one this month and winter hasn't officially started yet because it's only October. When my kids get to go out and play in the snow and have a blast then I am reminded that even in the snow things can be pretty great! In typical fashion, the girls went out and played with Natalie and Noelle in our backyard. I just love that these girls have been such good friends over the last 4 years. There is something so sweet and special about friends who are really more like family. This is how we feel about the Garlock kids. Madeline is even so in love with them that she asks to go to their house all the time and she even prays for them at night like they are her own siblings. All the girls were really great about playing with Madeline in the backyard for a little bit before heading out to go sledding. The girls tried to get Madeline to sit in the sled but for some reason she just wasn't that interested. Madeline loved copying the older girls by making snow angels and throwing snowballs. She even tried racing them across the yard. Mike came home for lunch and was able to play outside with Madeline for a little bit too. After lunch the big girls headed out behind the house to the new development to go sledding. It turns out that spot became a really popular place to go sledding. I could see it from my living room window and there were many other kids who stopped by to sled throughout the day. Snow days are just so much fun for the kids. I'm glad they get to experience the joy of these fun snow days with friends they love!
This October has been way too cold already. We got our first snow at the beginning of the month and our second snowstorm this week and it doesn't end there. We are supposed to get another snowstorm next week. I was relieved and happy that I was on the ball about making sure that everyone had the clothes they needed for this coming ski season - especially Madeline. After Abby got home from school she was so excited to go and play in the snow. She kindly waited until Madeline got up from her nap and then went out back to play with her. Madeline was so excited to wear her new boots and snow clothes. All of my kids are really good with Madeline, but there is something really special about the relationship that Abby and Madeline have together. I love that Abby has the patience and the imagination to play with a 3-year old. It truly warms my heart. They threw snowballs, built a very tiny snowman, and had races in the snow. Abby was cute and ran on her knees so it would be fair. Those two are quite a pair. I love watching Madeline play. She reminds me that everything in life can be so much fun. The smallest things like playing in the snow are exciting to her and that is pretty great!
It has snowed a ton this season already and that has made the kids extremely happy. The girls still love playing in the snow in the backyard after every snowstorm. Madeline is finally old enough to be able to join in on the fun with her older sisters. This afternoon was especially fun for Madeline as Emma and Abby built the coolest snow fort and snowman with her. They had snowball fights and pulled each other in the sled. It was mostly Madeline who got pulled in the sled because every time either Abby or Emma tried to get in the sled Madeline got a little upset. Everyone always wants to make Madeline happy so they were happy to let her get pulled around in the sled. Madeline just loved playing in the snow with the best older sisters a little girl could have.
Oh how much fun it has been to have so much snow this month. This is in stark difference to last year where we didn't get much snow at all. Emma and Abby always jump at the chance to go out and play in the snow. It was so much fun for Madeline to be able to go out and play with them today with her new gloves. They helped her build a snowman and throw snowballs. Madeline loved hiding behind the snowball fort. I love watching my girls play together.
It snowed today and so I got Madeline all dressed up for her first real snowy day fun in the backyard. Luckily her snow outfit still fit from last year. She was a little unsure of how to walk in the snow and what to do with it while in the backyard so I decided it would be a better idea to start out with a walk around the neighborhood. Madeline loved our little walk and even ventured off the sidewalk to walk around in the snow. When we were about halfway around the neighborhood I started making some snowballs for her to throw. She loved that too. She was so intrigued by the snow that she kept wanting to touch it without her gloves on. By the time we made it back to the house she was happy to play in the backyard for a few minutes. Then we headed inside so that she could have her very first cup of hot chocolate with whipping cream and marshmallows. She drank it so fast I couldn't believe it.
We were all a little too excited that it finally snowed more than an inch. The kids woke up to about 8-10 inches of snow. It didn’t take too long for the kids to coordinate with friends to go sledding. Before meeting friends, Mike took Peter, Emma, and Abby out in his truck so that Peter could go tubing while being pulled by the Forerunner. Emma held the rope from the back of the truck and Peter had a blast while the snow sprayed him in the face. It was hilarious to watch. Then the kids went sledding with their friends over on the hill by the John Venezia Park. There wasn’t a whole lot of snow on that hill but they still had a great time. The kids spent that afternoon playing in the snow with Madeline in the backyard. Madeline LOVED being pulled by the sled and playing in the snow.