Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Kisses from Heaven?

{"SnOwFLakES ARe KiSsES fRoM HeAveN"}

I'm not sure that I completely agree with the quote from above, as I once mentioned in my LetItSnow post. To a stay-at-home mom, snow can be both blessing and bane. We finally had our "big snow" here in Virginia. So much for global warming, eh?

Normally, I would have been really excited to go out and play in the snow with Natalie, but I was just too tired yesterday. Not your normal, "I'm a mom of two kids and I chase them around all day while attempting to pick up my house and run errands and volunteer for some church groups and work from home" tired either. Sheesh. I need a nap after just reading that.

No, I was tired because of the late night we had. The power went out sometime around 1 am on Monday morning, and we knew the house would be coooooold. Michaela Byrd's room is already chilly, so she was dressed in about 64 layers, along with three or 4 blankets we added. Unfortunately, Natalie has some sort of inner nightlight alarm. When her nightlight went out, she woke up and freaked out. In a rare display of utter stupidity, we stuck her in our bed before she could wake up Michaela Byrd. This was the first, and last time she has ever *slept* in our bed.

She sniffled for a minute before T turned the lantern off. As the light dimmed, I saw a tiny smirk cross her face. She sighed a long fake sigh, the kind a cartoon character makes as he nods off to sleep. One of those.

Then I heard, "Heh Heh Heh," and I knew we were in for a long night.

She jammed her bony little knees into my back for awhile, then sighed and sat up. T told her to lay back down, so she did, draping her arm across my face; then she played with my hair for awhile. Her complaints about being hot sent T over the edge and he issued an edict that she return immediately to her room.

I led a very teary three year old through the darkness, back to her own bed. I pulled up her shade and showed her how the snow made the sky glow. She settled in bed and went to sleep with her music (if you have a baby or toddler or preschooler who likes to self-soothe, I can't say enough good things about this product!).

The power came back on around 5:30 or so in the morning. Thus the fatigue I felt Monday. Here are some pictures from our day in the snow!

{Winter fairyland! Tree in our front yard}

{Took the girls out to T's parents' house in the "country." Natalie's very first sled ride!}

{T borrowed this hat from Anna Karenina. Not really. His dad made that hat. He's a real SurvivorMan. T forgot his hat, so Pop let him borrow one.}

{Zoe belongs to T's parents, and she is wild! She had the best time chasing Natalie and Pop down the hill. She made a great game of ripping Natalie's hat off as the sled would go sailing past}

{First solo flight. Now I know how the Wright brothers felt!}

{Trekking back up the hill}

{Michaela Byrd kept saying "Go-go, Go-go," so T took her on one ride. That is all. She wasn't thrilled.}


  1. Wow, that looks like a lot of snow and a lot of fun.....for a few minutes!!!


  2. I love how you opened the blinds to show her that the snow made the sky glow. You're a great mommy! I wouldn't have thought of that. I would have found a flashlight and let the battery run dead. Beautiful pictures. Puppies in snow are so funny.

  3. Great photos! Natalie probably will talk about sledding for a good while. T's hat is something else!!

  4. You are great parents to take your kids sledding. Love the pics. Did Natalie like the dog stealing her hat or did it make her mad? Hope you went inside and had warm cocoa afterwards. Loved the picture climbing back up the hill, hand in hand. awww.


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