Yesterday, Steve and I took the kids up to Donner State Park to go play in the snow and do some sledding. We like going there because it's not wall to wall people, and there's something peaceful about hiking along the cross country skiing tracks to find a good sledding hill. We were reminded what a big job it is to get everyone packed and dressed and ready for the snow. It sure makes me appreciate all the ski trips my parents took us on as a kid!
After we hiked into a nice spot, the kids enjoyed playing in the snow. The first thing Molly wanted to do was make a snow angel and a snowman. We didn't have a ton of accessories for the snowman but she made do!
Garrett was all about throwing snowballs. It was SO cold and the snow was quite dry and didn't pack into balls very well. But that didn't stop Garrett. Although he got VERY upset if someone dared to throw a snowball back at him.
Daddy and I learned a quick lesson that we needed to buy decent gloves for the kids. Their little woolen mittens didn't keep their hands warm for very long and the twins quickly ended up in tears with frozen fingers. Here's Paige a little upset about her cold digits.
Daddy did his best to show the kids that a little snow wasn't going to hurt them.
After we got everyone's fingers warmed up, we enjoyed our snow picnic. It was nice to find out that our waterproof picnic blanket works in the snow, as well as the sand!
After everyone warmed up and recharged, we did some sledding. That was definitely a hit. I love the expressions of joy on their little faces!
Despite the absence of warm gloves, it was a very fun time and it was great to be able to have some fun as a family. We'll definitely try to make another trip before the snow melts for the year!