This is the first year that John and Dan have been able to put on all their snow gear by themselves. Snowpants, coats, boots, hats, gloves and scarves. It was so fun to see them come out of the laundry room together, all geared up for a snowy adventure. And even more great that I didn't have to help them and they didn't have to ask. John is the snow king, he LOVES the snow. I've never met another boy who loves the snow more. He hung up signs he made on all the windows that said, "Let it snow!" and looked out the window first thing every morning to see if it had. He often got ready for school as fast as he could so he could get outside and play before the bus came. I think John's love for the snow rubbed off on everyone.
Even though John and Dan can get ready themselves, it was still quite the process getting the whole family ready to go anywhere. There was one morning in particular when I thought it would be fun to take Dan and Joe cross country skiing while John was at school. It was a sunny day (and there aren't a whole lot of those in the winter here) and I was feeling extra adventurous. I spent the whole morning getting everything ready. A thermos of hot chocolate, packing the car with everyone's skis, the chariot for Will (we have ski attachments so I can pull him behind me), making sure everyone was fed, had gone potty, and was properly dressed. After a couple hours of prep we finally arrived at the park I wanted to ski at. Then it was setting up the Chariot, getting everyone's skis on, putting some heating pads around Will (it was sunny but still below freezing) and trying to stay positive and happy so everyone would have a good time. As soon as we all started skiing, I knew the hard work had been worth it. The sun felt warm on our faces, the snow was soft, the kids were excited (it was Joe's first time), Will was content and the path we went on was beautiful.
Pete and I left the kids with a babysitter a few Saturdays so we could ski together on one of our favorite trails. Since it takes a lot of planning and effort to go anywhere without the kids, I feel like I have to enjoy every minute. Not that I don't enjoy being with the kids, it's not that at all. I just don't get to be out in nature by myself (or with Pete) without loud, sometimes needy, children very often. It's quite nice.
Will got to experience snow for the first time this year. Let's be honest, there's not a whole lot a 9-month old can do in the snow, but he did seem to enjoy being outside if he was all bundled up. And by the end of the winter he really did like sledding. I love watching the kids try and experience new things. Their excitement and curiosity is contagious.
Unfortunately for Will, he has spent a lot of the winter gazing out the back window, watching his brothers have all the fun. Surprisingly he hasn't seemed to mind, just looking outside was enough I guess. But I am getting excited at the thought of him being able to crawl and roll around on warm, green grass.
And since we still have a while until that warm, green grass will actually be here, I decided to give a go at growing grass from wheat kernels this year. We followed these instructions and will hopefully have some green grass growing by Easter. The winter and the snow have been fun, but I must say, I am now really looking forward to Spring, and everything that comes with it.