The plan had been for sledding and hot coco, but with sleds in hand we discovered that the 6 inches of new snow was too soft. We sank in and went nowhere. Discarding that plan idea for another we wandered off to make a new one.
Oz thought it quite fun to try and knock snow off the trees onto his mother, and if not me then the dog.
After a few near misses we decided maybe we should hike up and see if we could find a better spot to sled, something much steeper where soft snow would be a benefit not a game ender.
We both discovered that we had out cell phones in our coat pockets… bad idea when sledding, shame on us both,… and thought it might be fun to see if we hiked all the way up to the top if we picked up any service.
Oz took the led and we headed straight up a very steep slope. Knee deep and having to hold onto trees to keep from sliding and crashing backwards we hiked, and hiked and … crawled is a better word… up the mountain.
Soaked and starting to feel the strain in the claves Oz decided it was time to head back down besides, cake was waiting! Of course his method, which I advise against especially if you are alone or not in your own back yard, was straight down!
He learned that there is a lot of hidden ‘treasures’ in the snow, and not all of them feel so great when you slide over them.
At the bottom snow angels were attempted but of course Thor thought Pounce a more fun.
and of course more snow had to come down.
A change of clothes, dry socks and a bit of standing near the fireplace and the presents and cake came out. As we are a board game kid of family I had to fill in a few gaps, Clue and Monopoly had too be added to the basics. The games ensued.
For the first time ever I was the first one out, but Oz and Shane played for hours. Heading to bed Oz flopped down and before falling asleep… almost at once… he said “thanks, mom, that was a fun day.” What a great way to end the day.
With Oz gone to visit his dad for a couple weeks I had planned to sleep in late but woke up before the sun and a new layer of snow. Thor and I went for a walk.
The temperature was above freezing and there was not a breathe of wind, making for a beautiful morning.
Thor was thrilled to go for the walk down the road. His delight with the snow is almost infectious.
The transforming of the forest under fresh snow is always magical.