Sunday, October 12, 2008

First snow of the season

I was not prepared to wake up to a Winter Wonderland this morning. It's not even Halloween yet! I hope this is not a sign of worse to come this winter. Jake says it's supposed to be in the 70s next week and I hope he's right because I am not ready for this. I love fall and don't want to get cheated out of our cool crisp nights. The first picture is of our front yard and Jake knocking snow off of our scrub oak before the branches broke. The kids were so giddy, clambering to get their snow gear on. It was quite a sight, pulling out all the snow bibs, boots, gloves, hats, and coats. Emma's size 7 1/2 boots definitely don't fit her anymore, but she was determined to jam her feet into them. Her mittens are a little too small and are cotton so not great for making snowballs. Josh's size 5 boots should have fit but I think his feet are a little wider than most 1 year olds so they wouldn't stay on. Oh well. This is a good first run through for the winter season and helps me know what to put on my list of "needs" for the kids.

I was anxious to see how Josh would do, his first time playing in the snow. He was intrigued and loved watching the older kids throw snowballs at Truman. When we put him down though and he tried to walk in it and fell, he quickly decided this was not his idea of fun.

Emma was in heaven and would have played outside all day if we would have let her. She made tons of snow angels, buried Truman's chew toys, and threw snowballs at anyone who got in her way.

Ben loved pulling the branches up and down and making it "snow." I think he really enjoys it, but a little less than Emma. He was ready to come in after awhile... I don't blame him.

I put Josh in the swing and he seemed to be okay with that. This is the one picture I got with all three kids. Emma looks like she's in pain, but she's really not. She was getting impatient and wanting me to hurry and take the picture so she could go back to making more snowballs.

Here is my happy Josh. Hopefully he will get used to the snow these next couple months and start to enjoy it. We'll see. I found the last picture on one of Ben's CDs, taken when he was about 11 months, 3 months younger than Josh is now. It was fun to compare the two pictures. They definitely have similar features but Josh is becoming his own unique person. Jake and I definitely make cute kids. ;)

The kids reminded me of a little tradition we started last winter, drinking Stephen's Hot Chocolate after playing in the snow. It really was a great morning and I'm glad the kids had so much fun.


Zach 'n' Jack said...

Hey, that pic of Ben is at the Village! We used to live there too!! Ahh, what good times, having a playground for your front yard. MMM, yummy hot chocolate!

Sonja said...

LOVE the pics but am glad I'm not in the snow! I have the yahoo weather turned to Provo and saw snow showers this week and was feeling sorry for you guys. It's kind of nice if the weather turns warm again before winter really hits.
Dad and I both have cold/flu symptoms we are trying to get over and it reminds me of winter. Blah!

Loree said...

how fun! SNOW ALREADY! WOW! it was cold here in AZ too this weekend. it went from 100 degrees to 60-70's. BRRRR. we are not use to the sudden chill down. you do make cute kids and hopefully you will get to enjoy your crisp fall weather before it turns to winter. i'll keep my fingers crossed for you! I bet the hot cocoa was a perfect way to end a fun day :)

Michelle said...

I can't believe it is snowing so early! I hope we do get a break before "real" winter hits. That's so funny that Emma loves the snow so much!

Mindurs said...

Snow seriously, I am not ready for winter! I love the pictures, especially the one with the Obama sign in the front yard. Glad to know we are not the only ones in Utah voting for him! It must be that liberal education you received from the U.

Heather M said...

How FUN! My mom was surprised by the snow at her place. It's a bit to soon for my tastes, but it looks like the kids had a great time. We need to get some snow gear for Abigail. We missed winter last year and her snowsuit was a bit small the previous winter. Thank heavens we don't get much snow here!