After our time outside yesterday morning we came back in to warm up and relax. But we couldn’t go the whole rest of the day without enjoying the snow some more. So after the girl’s naptimes, we headed out front to play a little more.
The snow had melted a bit, so it was perfect for making a snowman
Hadley started out just hanging out in the garage.
But we finally coaxed her out and she decided she was ok with the small amount of snow left on the drive way. She had her shovel and went to town
Speaking of shovels, I did something I’ve never done before. I shoveled our driveway.
I’m not sure it is something I ever want to do again, but I can say I’ve done it. It was all worth it when I got to finish my day with a bowl of yummy snow ice cream that Jason and Cady made.
We’ve had a pretty fabulous snow day.
and my dreams came true!
I wished and hoped that, since we were back in Arkansas, the girls would get to experience snow. I figured we would have to wait until January or February. It’s rare to get that kind of weather here in December. I never would have thought to expect snow ON Christmas day. But that’s just what we got. And we got A LOT!
It started sleeting and freezing rain around noon on Christmas day. A lot of ice and sleet fell until around 6 or 7 that night when it changed over to snow. We ended up with 8-10 inches depending on where you measured.
The girls were so excited about getting to go out and play in it until they actually got out there. Cady actually did love it. Hadley did not. Hahahaha! She was ok if Jason was holding her.
But once he set her down, she was not ok
I made her stay out long enough to snap a couple of pictures
And I had to get a little video
Then Jason took her in while Cady and I played
We tried to make a Snow Man, but the snow in the backyard wasn’t packing well. We will try again this afternoon after it melts and gets a little more wet. But it was perfect for some Snow Angels
I also took some shots of the scene around our yard. I really think the only time I’ve ever experience snow like this was while visiting the mountains of Colorado.
So I got my Christmas wish and we are loving it!
From our family to yours.
We are holding out hope for our very first white Christmas. We wish you joy, peace, love and happiness this holiday and into 2013.
I love Christmas. The holiday season is just so much fun. There are tons of things that I love getting to do with the girls.
One of the big traditions is the girl’s picture with Santa. I normally try to make it a non-event and go on a weekday morning. Since the girls have opposite schedules that can’t happen, so weekends it is now.
It went about as expected. Hadley wasn’t a fan, but we really set her up for failure honestly. It was naptime and we had waited in a long line for this random dude she doesn’t even know.
She got a cookie afterward, so it more than made up for it.
Another favorite of mine is holiday baking. Cady and I made some cut out cookies from scratch this weekend.
And for those that know me, you know I don’t bake. So from scratch cookies are a big deal. Too bad I didn’t take any pics of our finished product.
They turned out really well though. They looked good and tasted good too.
We had plans to attend the big Christmas parade in our town this weekend, but it got cancelled due to rain and there will be no makeup. Maybe next year. We still have so much planned. We have to drive around and check out the Christmas lights. We have to make our gingerbread houses and so much more. My Christmas shopping is all done so I get to just sit back and enjoy the holidays. I LOVE CHRISTMAS!
Our Elf came to visit this morning. We read the book last night and Cady was so excited. Hadley is a little young to understand the entire concept. But this morning they were very excited to discover Susie sitting in the tree next to the Elf on the Shelf ornament.
Yes, our Elf is a girls this year. I found the cutest skirt and thought it would make Cady so happy. And it did. She actually said last night she hoped Santa would send her a girl elf.
Susie was so sweet to bring Snow Donuts for the girls to have a special breakfast treat.
I know the Elf is sort of controversial to some. A lot of people have a mischievous elf and set up elaborate scenes for their kids to find. I don’t do all that. First, I think it defeats to purpose of the elf which is to remind the kids to be extra good this time of year. Second, sometimes it’s all I can do to remember to move the crazy thing. I’ve also seen and heard people complaining about how creepy the elf is. The kids are obviously not creeped out by it. They get so much joy out of finding it every morning and talking to it and about it. It’s just silly and fun.
We are very proud Elf owners and I know Cady is coming to the age where Santa is no longer believed in. I want to make is as magical as possible for as long as possible. I hope the girls at least humor this tradition for a few more years.