We did manage to get about an hour outside on Monday, even though the temperature was only 21 degrees F. For the entire hour there were happy children sledding, digging, and generally being silly in the snow!
|Preparing to take turns on the sled|
|Peanut makes it to the top|
of the "mountain"
|The girls telling their big brother|
he's not sharing enough
|No worries! No one went down backwards!|
We kept hoping all week long that we'd get another chance for outside play but it just wasn't going to happen! Monday night right after the children settled in bed a icy fog came in off of the river and it completely blocked even the view of the "mountain" of snow the children so love to play on.
|Our "mountain" is there ... but I can't see it can you?|
|Our trees were beautiful|
|almost like crystal sculptures|
|Icy fog hanging around into Tuesday|
|Looks almost like another world...|
|ECJ's head while he's letting the dogs out at 11 AM!|
And Peanut made sure I got a picture of our church at night since we'd both realized at the same moment that it really kind of looks like a castle!
So, all in all just one hour outside for playing and about fifteen minutes of walking outside to take pictures before and after catechism classes. Which makes our total for the week 1.25 hours and our grand total for the year just 156 hours. With the first official day of spring being March 20th I'm impatiently chomping on the bit for warmer weather.
I'm hopeful that we'll get some outside time in next week, but I cannot promise as the temperatures are forecasted to be in the 20's and below for most of the week. Although, Thursday through Saturday look to be slightly more promising at the higher side of the 20's and low 30's.
I'm happy to see on the monthly weather forecast that for now they're predicting the last two weeks of this month to be in the mid 30's and 40's! Nature hikes here we come! Fun outside for more than a few minutes at a time and nearly frost bitten fingers not an issue on the way.
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