As it had been cold and threatening snow off and on, the kids’ grandparents bought Brian and Honor their first ever sleds, and the weather did not disappoint! What fun that we actually had enough snow accumulate, while they were still visiting us, so they could enjoy the sleds with the kids!
Without snow, a sled does not slide well.. even with proper encouragement and directions from Grandpa! BTW - This bit of goofing off happened right after we went to the store and came home with the sleds, we didn’t actually go out to sled with no snow!
Technically, the snow before Thanksgiving wasn’t the first of the year. We had a little a week or so prior. Not enough to stick, but enough to count.
But the snow that we had before Thanksgiving gave us enough accumulation to actually play in.
After living in the desert so long, my poor truck barely knows what to do here. We had one night where the temperature dropped into the 20’s fast and the poor truck kept setting off it’s alarm! “Help! It’s too cold!” I also had to WD40 the doors and door seals because the driver door froze shut (and then froze open!) another day.
This is one of my favorite photos. Honor, in a Kuwait embassy shirt, enjoying the drastically different weather here in Maryland!
The neighbor’s horses were out in the snow too.
Some of our other ‘neighbors’ came to visit.
I love snow on tree branches!
Honor was the first to venture out. Ninja was not sure that this was a good idea.
Actually, she thought it was a very iffy idea and let us know, loudly.
Honor brought her a snowball, but Ninja was not impressed.
So Honor went sledding. It’s not much of a slope… but enough to have fun on.
Hmm? Not having done this before… how to start?
Ninja is still concerned…
And you know that Grandpa had to get in on the fun.
Of course, Brian was out there too.
And then they were off to find the best slopes on the property!
The front yard has obstacles, but more downhill spots. Grandma came out and joined in.
Brad didn’t miss out.
Not very steep, and not much snow, but we were able to go quite some distance down the hill here, even with this little bit of slush.
Grandpa and Honor sledding -
No, he didn’t pour that on his sister… he’s a nice brother!
Paying her brother back… what goes around comes around!
There were a few snowballs tossed. Not many… it was too wet and gooey!
Grandpa has another turn
For awhile, we retreated into the warm house to dry off and relax. More knitting lessons for Ninja.
But Honor and I went out again later. She finally convinced me to give it a go. It was tough because my ankle was badly sprained. Just getting down on the sled was an adventure, and yes, I was sledding with a cane. I needed it to get off the ground at the other end (not a graceful endeavor at all)! brrrrr!
Honor helping me out. Poor broken mom!
Fancy action shot…
I opened my balcony door at one point to fix the screen door, and Pixie decided to hop out and look around. You can tell she wasn’t too impressed with cold wet feet… one lap and hopped back inside again!
And somehow in all of this, we managed to make a Thanksgiving feast! It was so nice to have George and Susan here to share it with us!