Monday was our first “big” snow of the season. All day long we watched longingly out the window at the growing piles of snow while we did our schoolwork at the table. It was family night and we knew that snow like this demanded a night of fun…outside. When Toby got home we pulled on snow suits and boots and headed to the park for a night of sledding.
As fun as our driveway is to slide down, it simply doesn’t compare with the big hills at our local park. The 7 inches of snow that fell demanded serious sledding, so off to the park we drove!
When we arrived, we discovered a small group of sledders already enjoying the snowy hillside. Tyler ran toward the playground, yelling over his shoulder that he was going to go down the slide real quick and then would go sledding.
The slide at our park is a charming flashback to the days of hot metal slides in the summer, and frozen slides of death in the winter. After Tyler’s initial run down the slide to clear off the snow, the kids discovered that the slide made for a more thrilling sledding experience than the hillside. By placing the squares of plastic they use for sledding on the slide they could soar down the slippery metal at full speed, fly off the end, hit the ground with a tail bone bruising “thud,” and then continue on for another 20 feet.
The sun began to set and the squeals of laughter could be heard long after the other sledders had wandered home for dinner. Eventually we made it to the hillside where we had originally planned on sledding and had time for a few runs down the hill before it was too dark to see where we were going.
It was a fun night and a sweet reminder that
“The most memorable days usually end with the dirtiest clothes”
…or the wettest!
Then they decided to make a train…
When we finally made it to the sledding hill, Ozzie asked if he could ride down on Rusty’s back…
So it was only fair that the favor was reciprocated. 🙂
“Our footprints always follow us on days when it’s been snowing,
they always show us where we’ve been,
but never where we’re going,” -Winnie the Pooh