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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Let It Snow

It's been snowing like crazy here. Not surprisingly the boys are very excited. Our older son (OS) kept on talking about how much fun it was going to be to play in the snow. His plans were quite elaborate; there were going to be snowballs, snow angels, a snowman, a fort and of course chasing the dog around the backyard. He could barely stand still he was so excited. YS looked pretty enthusiastic too.

The Big Giraffe and I took turns looking around the house for OS's snowpants. We just couldn't find them. OS decided to go without the snowpants. YS reluctantly put his on. By the time we had the boys dressed and headed outside, I was exhausted. Forget triathlon training, attiring little kids in winter clothing is a greater workout. Which is why it was no surprise that they spent a total of about ten minutes outside.

A. Elliot's Lesson Learned: The amount of time spent dressing kids in winter attire is inversely proportional to the amount of time they will play outside.

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posted by Alex Elliot @ 8:55 PM   6 comments
  • At 12/21/2008 9:52 AM, Blogger Whirlwind said…

    n playing outside for hours this last few days. I helps with my sanity. Of course, having them pee in their snowpants two days in a row doesn't add to my sanity.

    I think this is the first year they haven't cried and demanded to go in 2.3 seconds after heading out!

  • At 12/21/2008 10:59 AM, Blogger Jen of A2eatwrite said…

    The amount of time you spend getting them into proper snow equipment is directly proportional to the amount of time they will NOT spend in the snow.

    It's definitely one of those Murphy's Laws.

  • At 12/21/2008 1:54 PM, Blogger Goofball said…

    snow is so rare in Belgium that I never have had any snowpants....we just played outside as we were, got cold and then got back inside with a tintling feeling in our limbs :). but we did make it for a lot longer than 10 minutes!

    Maybe you should try without snowpants next time :)

  • At 12/21/2008 2:05 PM, Blogger Tracey said…

    It is SO much easier when they can do most of it themselves! Trust me. Soon...

  • At 12/21/2008 6:14 PM, Blogger Heather said…

    Oh I hear you. Although my kids play outside for a long time now...but just a year or 2 ago it was bundle everyone up, spend 10 minutes outside then come back in because everyone's whining.

    We've had a lot of snow lately too, but it was too cold today to play outside (-11 this morning! brrr)

  • At 12/26/2008 12:50 AM, Blogger painted maypole said…

    at least you have power. my SIL in Mass was w/o power for 11 days. ack.

    we are now in MI, so will be testing out this lesson you've learned. MQ is pretty excited abou the huge mounds of snow at the end of my inlaws driveway!

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