Monday, March 17, 2014

Only once this winter?

Although we will continue to get snow off and on until May, the big snow has melted off for the year and the bikes are out.

We're crossing our fingers that the mud won't be too bad, but April is usually full of snow and rain. March is such a tease in Wyoming! With the weather slowly changing, I figured I better post these sledding pictures from Valentine's Day before I look up and it's summer.

It seems deplorable that we only took the kids sledding once this winter. We live in Wyoming, for crying out loud! Most of it had to do with the back problems that Dan and I both have. But the kids did play in the snow a lot at home, so I don't feel too guilty.

Lily was at ski school for the morning so we took Mack and Amelia up to Test Hill to sled for a bit. Silver was pretty excited to be out and running free!

She would follow someone up the hill,

then come sprinting down at top speed.

Dan took a couple runs, then took Silver for a walk along the river.

While walking along the river, Silver went out on the ice to sniff around. She got out where it was thin and CRACK, down she went. Dan had to get down on his belly and crawl like a polar bear to help her out of the water. Man, I wish I had a picture of that! She came back soaking wet but all smiles.

Amelia had a great time sledding and made it through this outing without much whining and no huge meltdown. That's a first!

Mack insisted on climbing to the very top of the hill. It was much too high for him but he would not be dissuaded. Over and over he came crashing down and got bucked off his sled halfway down.

I kept telling him to just get back on his sled and go down from the middle of the hill. "No! I took a long time to get up here and I'm not giving up!" Back up the hill he went with Amelia, who was lagging 10 yards behind and declaring, "I give up!" Those two are polar opposites!

He finally made it most of the way down the hill, but caught some serious air.

He came down pretty hard and I think it knocked the wind out of him. He decided sledding wasn't fun anymore, so he went and sat with Silver.

I love, love this picture! The quintessential Boy and his Dog picture. It would be more accurate, though, to have Lily sitting with Silver because Lily is her favorite. Mack likes Silver well enough, except when she slobbers on his stuffed animals. Usually he's either trying to climb on her or ignoring her.

Dan picked Lily up from ski school and brought her over to the sledding hill. She still had a little snow fun left in her after 3 hours on the ski hill.

Then the real fun began.

Dan started throwing snowballs and I took one right in the eye seconds after I took this picture. Some of it got on my camera lens and I was totally unamused.

This dude is serious about his snowballs.

Then it was all-out war.

 Snow down the neck, baby!

Mack stole Daddy's hat and started chucking snow at him.

Looking a little disheveled in the aftermath.

For only one sledding day during the season, we didn't do too bad!

And just so you know what I mean by the off and on snow, here's our yard only 3 hours after I took the picture at the beginning of this post.


Anonymous said...

What a fun afternoon :-)

Love, the Grammie

Becky in Wyo said...

Mmmm, Picture Queen strikes again. How are you ever going to pick just the right photos for your yearly book? But I hope someday your kids will be grateful for all the fun pics you took of them and all the things they got to do as kids.

The Queen Vee said...

FABULOUS photos. Personally I think one sledding day a year is enough and even better still if you can be warm and cozy and just enjoy someone else's sledding experience.

Anonymous said...

I love love this post! I hadn't seen it until just now, as I'm waiting for a kid to come home. The picture of your boy catching some air is excellent! Fun post! Love Karla

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