My friend obliged me again, by allowing me to play photographer with her. I saw all that pretty snow and decided we just had to go out and goof off! I just love how the snow makes everything look... I think they turned out pretty okay, don't you?
We got some seriously awesome snow, last week! So we've been outside enjoying it. Making snowmen, snowshoeing, sledding, the works. Winter is so much more enjoyable when you actually go out and play in it. I was able to find snowshoes for the kids, at a great after-Christmas deal, and they've been having a lot of fun prancing around outside in them. We took the Boy out for real snowshoeing yesterday, while the Girl was at a friend's house. He was so cute and loved it so, so much. We've been watching videos of kids skiing on the internet, so he kept trying to ski down the hill with his snowshoes. Faceplants ensued and lots of giggles. I think I know what winter sport he wants to learn next...
:: Mama-made hat in action! ::
We also took the kids ice skating for their very first time. I hadn't been in a while, so I didn't dare risk my wobbly feet on my camera! But they were so very cute, and we'll be sure to go again. This time with some photos.
This afternoon, we're off for some tubing and sledding! It should be a blast. Happy Monday, everyone!
Thinking of their pain, immense suffering, joy at finding a lost loved one, holding family members closely, hoping and praying, tormented, broken, but still strong. So much stronger than I can imagine. I take these thoughts and hold my babies close, consciously thankful for my soft, warm bed, bless my food with profound gratefulness, and send every prayer, petition, thought, and feeling of peace and hope to them. In their suffering, I hope we can all find community, compassion, cry with them, and rejoice with them. If only I could do more than just send money, but I will do my best to help, and continue to pray and hope.
Someone in our home had a birthday last week...and turned SEVEN!
I still can't believe that it could be possible. Wasn't she just a baby? Toddler? Preschooler? Now there are just a few more years of childhood left, and believe me I'll be squeezing every last bit of enjoyment out of it. I will, of course, enjoy her when she's a teenager and then grown, but childhood is so, so precious. I want to be with her every minute and just watch her unfold. So far it's been an amazing journey. To watch her grow from a needy, sweet little infant, to a jovial, very cute toddler. Then to a talkative, curious preschooler and to now: a real, bonafide kid. Kind, considerate of others, sweet in every way, loving, imaginative, understanding, respectful, and above all, my most favorite little girl. I can honestly say that I really enjoy her company. That, my friends, is a wonderful thing. We've gone from the nurturer/child relationship to friends (with, of course, those moments where she still needs her mommy - and I treasure those dearly).
The seven-year-change, talked about in Steiner methods, is so apparent to me now. It's amazing how quick and overnight the change happened. But it's here. She is truly more conscious of the world and her place in it. I have loved watching this change. She is turning into such a sweet, beautiful little lady. I am honored to be her Mama and her friend. Happy Birthday, sweet daughter!
:: Added a butterly to her birthday crown, this year. She is definitely growing wings and they are very beautiful. ::
At some point during the winter, I get tired of being inside all of the time. Previously, I've just dealt with it and tried to romanticize it a bit. But for some reason this particular winter, I just don't want it anymore. I want to be outside enjoying the fresh, crisp air, basking in the winter sunlight. This craving has lead to me to do just that: get outside. I've owned snowshoes for a few years, but for one reason or another never managed to actually use them. But this year, I've changed that!
Next on the list is cross country skiing. Maybe too ambitious? Oh well, might as well dive in head first, right?