Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Sad Story

I am writing a post complaining about the weather. I never thought it would come to this. I know there are really sad things going on in the world. I do. But humor me people, okay?
See that photo in my header at the top of my blog? Yes, the one with the two most beautiful children in the world walking through a winter wonderland. Forgive me if you’re reading this post in a few months when I’m sure I will have changed the header photo. And also forgive me for being so html-un-savvy that the photo is not centered as it should be. I used blogger’s settings and they are sorely lacking. Someday I will learn how to blog like a grownup.
Back to the photo, though. It was taken in January when we had one spectacular day of snow for sledding and making snow angels. It was beautiful. I believe we went skiing the next day. 
And then it was gone. 
That was it. Now, if we lived in the Carolinas or Tennessee, I would understand. That would be a good winter. But we live in the north, my friends! And we like snow!
So here is the sad story of my poor children waking up one morning to see a thin dusting of snow on the ground and clamoring to play outside and when they got there, this was their snowy day.
That’s a sled in the background. They had to roll down the grassy hill rather than using it.
Sad.
And here’s what they did instead of sledding and making snow people.

We rode bikes all winter. Some people might think that’s a happy story. And I can’t honestly say that I wished I was putting hats on two little heads and mittens on four little hands every day for the past three months. No. I definitely had my moments of rejoicing that they could go play outside without much ado.
Still, it is about to be spring. We really haven’t had winter. We have months of mild weather ahead of us with precious few sweet snow memories to carry us through. Todd and I bought ski passes this year (of all years) and they were not worth the money we spent. I’ve hardly been able to curl up with a cup of hot cocoa and watch the snow fall outside my window.
Okay, so I am actually watching the snow fall right now, but it’s supposed to turn into rain later so I know it won’t last. I will enjoy it while it’s there, though. There’s nothing like a snowstorm.
All you snow-haters can rant and rave at me, but I remain steadfast. You can have your 60-degree winter. I like mine in the 20’s.  

7 comments:

  1. I feel your pain. Drove nearly 4 hours to Tahoe for a mini-vacation in the snow. Was almost none to be had. The snow at the ski resorts was fine for sledding on, but much too hard for snow angels, snowman building or snowball fights (Carter tried but got a good lecture about not throwing "rocks" at people). We had fun nonetheless, and they're getting tons of snow now that we've left, but it *should* be safe to assume there's snow in the high mountains in the middle of winter.

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    1. One would think that would be safe to assume! Glad you had a nice time anyway. Thanks for the comment, Kristina!

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  2. Living in NEPA this winter is a real stinker if you like snow. My girls are older, so they aren't too too sad about it. I've been rather enjoying living in the land of eternal spring:-)

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    1. Oh wow, you live in NEPA too? You can email me and tell me where if you'd like. How interesting!

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    2. P.S. There's a link to email me on the sidebar. :-)

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  3. Hey alison, been meaning to comment on this post for awhile, but read it late one night and forgot. anyway, I am SO with you on this one! we love being outside year round and love winter! maura especially is our "ice princess." honestly, it breaks my heart sometimes when I look at all our snow gear just waiting in the garage for some snowy day(s) that never happened this year. every single little snow we got out and sledded in the back yard, but that was a total of 3 days:( last year we were outside all the time. did i mention we got ice skates and snow shoes and sleds for christmas and even planned a winter getaway that we had to cance?!?! it's so sad, but I have to force myself to get over it. and i know it will be harder for us next year with a one year old, but we will have to deal. in any case, we feel your pain and are just trying to look at the bright side of things. I did tell james that we need to do a lot of camping this year b/c the kids are going to get sick of playing in our backyard and going to playground parks since we have been doing that all winter!! anyway, take care and great post!

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    1. I'm glad it's not just us, Patty! We went skiing on Saturday and it was like skiing in a snow cone--so slushy. Ugh. Seriously considering moving to Vermont! ;-)

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