The New Year’s Day Snow War

So, it snowed around here between Ane’s birthday and New Year’s Eve.  And this snow stuck around for quite a while, especially where we live – the magical Snohomish County convergence zone, for those of you with an idea of the geography of the Puget Sound area.  Ane and Tad got snow pants from Nana and Papa for Christmas, and immediately put them to good use:

The best part about the snow pants is that they would stay OUTSIDE without complaining about getting wet, or even too cold.  For days, I was able to kick one or both kids outside to play in the icy remains that blanketed our yard, and while our cul-de-sac stayed icy and somewhat treacherous for days, the main roads were very passable.  Tad’s extra energy (he had a lot, between school vacation and a break from therapy appointments) found an outlet with a bucket, a shovel, and a sled.

He made “snow” castles:

And discovered that because our back porch steps were so icy…

… he could slide down the steps on the sled…

… and because our backyard runs away from the house at a slope, he could keep on going.

He would also cannibalize the previous day’s snowman into a new snowman.  It was great fun.

But the capper to the snow fun was the New Year’s Day Snow War, which was waged at night, at Grandma and Gichan’s house.  Auntie and her boyfriend, JW, offered to take the kids outside to play… and fortunately, I’d had the Webmaster pack along their snow pants and boots.

The kids and teens had a good time running around… and then snowballs were created.  And the fight began.

It was hard to take good pictures outside, at night, with only the porch light to aid my camera’s flash, but the best moment was when JW grabbed a human shield… and Auntie followed suit.

Snow is, in my opinion, the best outdoor toy God ever created.  If I could keep six inches or so in my backyard all winter, I’d do it.  In my backyard.  NOT on the roads.

And thank you again, Nana and Papa, for the snow pants.

4 Responses to “The New Year’s Day Snow War”

  1. Aunt Lynda
    January 11th, 2011 06:41

    Looks like lots of fun.

  2. Cousin Shelley
    January 11th, 2011 08:28

    Snow pants are the best! I think Derek’s snow pants came from Aunt Weezy, too!

  3. Aunt Mary
    January 11th, 2011 18:11

    The best part about snow pants is that they last forever and you can pass them down for years to come! Gotta have them around here.

  4. Nana
    January 13th, 2011 08:01

    You’re so very welcome!!