Saturday, 19 January 2013

T'is Snow Joke

Today we dug the sledge out of the garage and walked to the farmers fields nearby so the younger three could finally do some sledging. Bailey really doesn't enjoy snow so he stayed home in the warm.

If I'm totally honest I wasn't looking forwards to it, call me grumpy, but it usually ends in the same way-with grumpy, cold children & tears. This year was no different. In his enthusiasm for snow my youngest boy likes to throw snowballs which is great except that means you get covered in snow, which then starts to melt equalling wet gloves/clothes. Not something he enjoys very much.

So it begins before we even reach the field, then we join all the excited, kitted out in ski gear holding coffee in exec cups parents also sledging on said field. Children happily sledging down the hill already, then it's Cordelia's turn. She falls out pretty much immediately and already the stropps begin, then it's Ruben's turn to go down the slope. He does his usual trick of throwing himself off the sled and into the snow, he doesn't just laugh & jump back up though, he lays for a few minutes and then he strops all the way to the bottom of the field in a huff. Now he's cold and wet, I try and cheer him up and encourage him back up the field to sledge with his sisters, which he eventually does. Piper meanwhile has had her go and fell off but just laughed and walked back up the hill. Cordelia is shouting at hubby whilst he is calmly trying to say why she keeps falling out and give her some tips to stay in the sled. Already I want to go home....

But still we persevere and try patiently and gently to encourage the "fun" element of snow and sledging. As you can see by this photo of Ruben it doesn't get better and just ends in tears so we give up and walk back home, past all the excited parents/children coming past on the way to a fun afternoon of sledging....

Back at home and full of hot chocolates and fancy Cadbury biscuits and the grumpiness melts as we warm back up.

Tomorrow is another day, maybe sledging or maybe I'll stay home with Bailey in the warm with no stroppy children.....,







10 comments:

  1. Honi loves the snow but it always ends in tears with her too. Bless. It makes for wonderful memories later on though xx

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  2. My guys like throwing snowballs but if one actually lands on THEM..... Waaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!! It's not fair!!!!!! Booooohoooooo!!!!!!! then ten minutes later they're throwing them all over again!!!!!!

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    1. Haha yep very similar here Paula!!

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  3. I love the snow from a window (whilst holding a hot cup of something nice), not keen on either driving or playing in it - my kids on the other hand love it. Great family pictures. S X

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    1. Feel the same Sharry-love it from a distance when I'm inside with a cuppa it looks so pretty. Thanks x

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  4. I'm with Sharrhy-prefer to view snow from inside, preferably whilst sitting next to an open fire :)
    It's quite nice having a 16 year old who this year showed no interest in going out in the snow. First winter in ages where I haven't had to deal with wet boots and clothes !

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  5. Great post, very true. I have six and feel guilty if I leave anyone behind so grit my teeth, double glove it and off we go!
    We have three that disolve into tears and three action nuts, so its a very mixed bag but I takethem if they wanna come. Each year it takes me slightly longer to recover afterwards.
    Look forward to your next post.

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