Monday, February 11, 2008

Yellow Snow

Today was the day small children dream about all year long. The sun was out, the snow was fresh, and the temperature climbed above freezing.

The big kids were cooped up at school all day. The little ones were strapped into car seats for the long drive to town for groceries. When they were reunited this afternoon, a glorious world of snow beckoned them, and their mom was happy to oblige them as I was simultaneously fixing supper, cleaning the kitchen floor, and putting away two weeks' worth of groceries.

As I zipped up the last coat and fastened the last hood, I asked the obligatory question. "Are you SURE you don't have to go potty before you go outside?"

"No, Mom. I need to go outside NOW!"

Out the door they went. They were happy to be there.

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Optimists that they are, they began using all four inches of snow on the ground to construct a snow fort. I always encourage them to dream big.

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When you're using a two-inch plastic shovel to build a five-foot fort, your optimism is at peak levels.

But wait. Something's not quite right.

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I have this funny feeling.

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The feeling that someone needs to use the bathroom.

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Off with the hood, the coat, the gloves, the snowboots, and the snowpants. While this 45 minute affair is taking place, the girls are still in the yard, reveling in the beauty of nature. Now seems like a good time to teach the two-year-old how to taste the beauty of nature. See? Doesn't this pure icicle look delicious?

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Try some snow! You'll love it.

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But when Mom gets back out here, you might not want to mention the part about it being yellow. Now go play with the dog.

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4 comments:

BoufMom9 said...

LOL! Of course someone had to go! That's how it always works, isn't it?
BTW Your pictures are just GORGEOUS! What brand camera do you use to get such perfect close-ups? LOVE them!

Bush Babe (of Granite Glen) said...

Love your photos Erin... lovely light! And enjoyed seeing the snow - its summer here and steamy (about 32 degrees C - not sure what that is in F) and raining. Keen to see your farm etc. I am an ex-journo so we have a bit in common. Check out our cattle property at my blog: www.bushbabe.blogspot.com - we are branding (when it stops raining!). Enjoy that lovely snow.
Bush Babe

minnesotamom said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love these photos of your kids. Please come back and give me pointers a I "develop" (pun intended) my photography skills!

Ranch Mommy said...

Great photo's!! There's always one that can't hold it...

 
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