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.